Saturday, May 25, 2024

Taylor Swift Will Hold Jung Kook at Bay with New “1989” Set to Best BTS Singer’s Album


The sales numbers are shaping up for albums this week. Guess who will be number 1?

Hitsdailydouble says Taylor Swift — who last week sold 1.5 million copies of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” — will be back on top. Swifties are picking up another 225,000 copies.

This means that BTS star Jung Kook, despite a ton of hype and stuffing of the ballot box, will finish at number 2. “Golden” will come in with just 160,000 copies sold.

This is certainly a loss for Scooter Braun, who now runs BTS business in the US but became Public Enemy Number 1 for buying and then selling off Swift’s masters without permission.

Jung Kook’s single, “Standing Next to You,” is currently holding positions 1-4 on iTunes. But that is suspect, and part of a pattern with BTS singles on iTunes. Fans swamp the site with purchases, but when it’s over, the numbers are always lower than expected.

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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