Monday, June 17, 2024

Kid Rock’s Bid for Right Wing, Redneck Fans Falls Flat as His “Bad Reputation” Album Flops


Kid Rock claimed he had a bad reputation. But no one cared.

Bob Ritchie released his “Bad Reputation” album a month ago, hoping to cash in one beer swilling, truck driving right wing rednecks.

But Ritchie is a Richie Rich, a private school kid from a wealthy Detroit suburb who grew up in mansion. The whole thing is a fraud, as I and others pointed out. And for the fans he wanted who could read, that scotched the deal.

“Bad Reputation” has been a sales bust — just 25,000 copies including CDs, downloads, and streaming. And you can see the failure on You Tube. The Kid Rock You Tube channel has 1.78 million subscribers. But the title track’s video has had only 213K plays. Ouch!


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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