Monday, June 17, 2024

Taylor Swift Sold More than 400K Albums This Week, More Than the Rest of the Top 50 Combined


Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Swift.

It’s like a mantra.

The pop singer and entrepreneur sold more than 400,000 albums this week in the top 50.

She sold more than the rest of the top 50 combined.

You would think all her fans had all her music by now. But they persist in buying more, and definitely streaming more.

One problem is lack of other product. Nothing is hot beyond Swift. Many artists are just MIA or AWOL or both. Or if they’re putting out product they’re either not promoting it or not catching on.

Meantime, Rolling Stones shows up as a culprit in this apathy. They just issued their top 100 songs of the year. Most of them no one cares about or has heard of. The biggest hit of the year, Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers,” is number 12. Rolling Stone used to be the music bible, dictating taste. Now it just repels its audience.

PS About 12 of the top 50 are Christmas albums. And despite looking hot on the daily charts, Cher and Dolly Parton evidently didn’t sell that much this week in their second run. Bewildering.

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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