Saturday, April 20, 2024

Kanye’s iTunes Punishment Cut Sales of His “Vultures 1” in Half from First Week, Just 1,485 Downloads


I told you overnight that Apple/iTunes restored Kanye West’s album, “Vultures 1,” to the platform.

But the whole prior week or more, iTunes had pulled the album down over possible copyright infringement — not because the album is full of gross language and has an antisemitic lyric.

Anyway, the numbers are in for this past week. “Vultures” dropped to 2nd place and sold just 1,485 paid downloads.

All other sales were from streaming, cutting the album’s sales in half, from 159,000 to just 732,418.

Amazon dropped the album from its music service as well. But Spotify — which has the morals of frothing dog — kept it up. Most of the downloads sales would have come from them.

When “Vultures” returned last night, it shot to number 1. But with new releases today, West is down to number 5 and sinking, it is hoped.

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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