Monday, April 22, 2024

Song of the Summer and All of 2023: Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers” Has Sold Equivalent of Stunning 5 Million Copies


Just so you know, there is a Song of the Summer, and all of 2023.

Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers,” written by Gregory Aldae Hein and Michael Pollack, has been a the top of every chart for a solid six months.

The catchy hit — a throwback to real songs — has sold — are you ready? — 4.9 million copies. It’s almost all from streaming. How many streams? According to Lumimate, 765 million. Fans are just playing it over and over again.

The album it’s from, “Endless Summer Vacation,” has sold a very healthy 780,000 copies. But “Flowers” is so massive there’s really been no follow up single. (I don’t know why, there were plenty of good choices.) “Flowers” is such an overwhelming success that if it weren’t Miley being a superstar already, the song would be a one hit wonder (like “Call Me Maybe”).

So yes, Taylor Swift is the album queen. But Miley’s going to win Song and Record of the Year at the Grammys. If she doesn’t there will be a congressional investigation.

Viva “Flowers”! It just keeps growing.

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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