Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Taylor Swift’s Movie Sends 30 Singles onto iTunes Top 100, “Cruel Summer” is Number 1


As you are all too well are, Taylor Swift’s concert movie made $94 million over the weekend. Swift appeared on “SNL” with boyfriend Travis Kelce after appearing at his football game on Thursday.

The result of all this is that Swift currently has 30 of the top 100 singles on iTunes. “Cruel Summer,” a rip off of the Banarama title of a much better song, is number one. It was released in 2019.

The rest of the 20 other songs don’t matter. They are interchangeable to adults. To tweens, they mean everything. But they are bland songs, mostly the same musically, and a far cry from the female singer songwriters of the past.

Swift also 15 of the top 100 albums including “Lover,” also from 2019, at number 1.

A bigger question is, What has happened to the record business? Why is there room for 30 tracks by the same person? Are there any other acts out there? Why is radio so much more narrow than it was than the last 20 years when it was already incredibly narrow?

The only album to sell more than 79,000 copies last week was Drake’s new “For All the Dogs.”

It’s time for a new way to mark the top 100.

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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