Saturday, April 13, 2024

Beyonce’s “Cowboy Carter” Sold Stunning 130,000 Copies on Friday, Beatles Credit for “Blackbird” Fixed


Beyonce’s “Cowboy Carter” album will be a blockbuster smash this week.

On Friday alone, the country-fied album sold 130,000 copies including streaming. If that kept up for seven days, just think of the results.

Spotify says the album had 76 million streams on Friday. So the total above also includes Apple, Amazon, etc.

There are still no credits listed on Beyonce’s website, and nothing the Sony publicists can hand out. No one seems to know who wrote what beyond “Jolene” — by Dolly Parton — and “Blackbird” by the Beatles.

After I wrote that “Blackbird” was attributed to Lennon, McCartney, and Knowles Carter on Wikipedia, the entry was changed back to Lennon-McCartney only.

“Blackbird” was never a single from the 1968 Beatles “White Album.” It’s always been an album track. So its presence at number 4 on iTunes is pretty swell. Right now, Beyonce has the top 4 tracks on iTunes and a dozen or more titles scattered through the top 100.

One track I really like is “Protector,” sung with Beyonce’s daughter, Rumi. I hope we can credits and lyrics this week on that one and all the others.

Everyone is praising how this album has changed everything for Black country artists. But you do know Charley Pride was a superstar. And I told you about the album, “Rhythm, Country and Blues.” Has everyone forgotten Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”? It caused quite a commotion when it was released.

Short memories help sales!

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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