Sunday, April 14, 2024

Year End: Adele Sales of “30” Album Finally Exhausted with 49% Drop, Everyone Has Their Copy


Sales of popular music came to an end last night for the week with a twist: Adele’s “30” album fell 49% after Christmas to 100K. Total sales are around 1.6 million in the US.

Takeaway: everyone who wanted a copy of “30” now has one. Supply and demand have met each other.

Sales dropped precipitously in the post-Christmas blahs, what with COVID and the Cron stalking us. Adele’s “30” was the only album to sell 100,000 copies. The number 50 album, according to hitsdailydouble, was Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia,” with 17,224 copies.

So now what? We’d better get some surprise releases because there’s nothing too exciting coming up in the next 90 days. I can tell you that Elvis Costello’s “The Boy Named If” is a five star recording equal to the best material in Costello’s 40 plus year career. It’s coming from Capitol, not Concord– the Capitol Universal people obviously heard it and went crazy.

Otherwise, it’s time for a Beyonce album to jolt the marketplace. And Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band album is out there somewhere.

And the Grammys? I think we’ll know what’s going on by next week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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