Sunday, April 21, 2024

Record Low: Beyonce’s “Renaissance” Opens with 300K Fewer Sales Than 2016’s “Lemonade”


Beyonce came at us with “Renaissance” on a hype wave. But the results are in and they ain’t so good: just 335K sold in the debut week, down by 300K copies from 2016’s “Lemonade.”

She’s taken lemonade, and made lemons.

“Renaissance” sales were almost evenly divided between paid downloads/CDs/LPs and streaming. The former part was 197K.

“Renaissance” has been hurt by a bunch of things starting with Kelis finding a sample of her hit “Milkshake” on there– it’s since been removed. Then there was the issue of Beyonce singing the word “spaz”– as in spastic, and not a colon. “Spaz,” like “retarded,” is no longer allowed in the PC world. (Also, it’s just terrible no matter what. Sounds like a demented grade schooler.)

The whole album is made up samples and covers aka interpolations. I think the audience is getting tired of songs written by committees. One song has 24 writers, some others 14 or 15. Diane Warren made a comment about that on social media and immediately had to backtrack rather face the wrath of social media misfits who can’t write music but think it’s okay for existing songwriters to be ripped off, etc. Just great.

Just FYI: “Renaissance” has been replaced at number 1 on iTunes today by Eminem’s latest greatest hits package, “Curtain Call part 2.”

One last thing: I love Beyonce’s voice. I’d like to hear her sing some actual songs. She’d have much bigger hits if she did some cool covers produced properly.

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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