Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ariana Grande Shakes Up Quiet Chart with Biggest=Release So Far This Year, Plus Elton’s “Diamonds” Are Forever


We needed Ariana Grande, that’s for sure.

She debuts at number 1 today with “Eternal Sunshine.” And here comes the sun — 225,000 copies including 78,000 CDs and downloads.

Without Ariana, it’s quiet out there. It should be noted that Republic Records, home of Ariana and Taylor Swift, has 7 of the top 10!

Next week comes Justin Timberlake, and three weeks later Beyonce.

Guess what’s back on the top 40? Elton John’s “Diamonds” album. It’s sold 180,000 copies since the first of this year. The total altogether is almost 8 million! There are several versions, but the main one is a single CD with 17 greatest hits. “Diamonds” seem to be forever, the album was first released in 2016 as a box set. Not surprised. Great songs never wear out!

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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