Saturday, May 18, 2024

Taylor Swift’s “1989” Remake Drops 85% from Last Week But Noses Out BTS Singer’s New Hit


The numbers are in for the week. The number 1 album? Taylor Swift’s redo of “1989.”

Swift’s album dropped 85% in sales from its stunning opening week at 1.5 million. But it still nosed out Jung Kook’s “Golden” album by 38,000 copies.

The BTS singer came in at 202K vs. Swift’s 240K.

All the hoopla about Jung Kook is just that, I’m afraid. If he were a real phenom, “Golden would have glowed.

One thing both acts have in common: their fans wanted CDs, LPs, and downloads more than they wanted to stream the albums. That’s good news since that’s where the real money is in the music biz (see my Beatles story).

Swift has 9 albums on the top 50 this week. Jimmy Buffet’s posthumous record, called “Equal Strain on All Parts,” sold around 53,000 copies — the average number for beloved legacy acts releasing late in career albums.

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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