Thursday, May 23, 2024

Charts: Olivia Rodrigo Leads a Soft Week with Just 89K, Diddy Drops 45% in 2nd Run Despite Bieber, Weeknd Tracks


The numbers are in for the last week of pop record sales.

Olivia Rodrigo led a very soft list with just 89,000 including streaming, of “Guts.” There’s no glory, however.

Diddy’s “Love Album: Off the Grid” dropped 45% from its poor debut last week. He sold just under 17,000 copies. Justin Bieber and The Weeknd on tracks were no help whatsoever.

Taylor Swift sold around 200,000 albums this week from a half dozen titles. She wins something.

The charts reflect ambivalence from fans about recent releases. Next Friday we’ll have the new Ed Sheeran album, and Drake the week after. But there’s no excitement out there. The music biz needs a couple of new hot mainstream stars ASAP.

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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