Thursday, May 23, 2024

As Predicted: UK Star Singer Raye’s Records Shoot to Top of iTunes Post “SNL,” Also Beyonce Singles Pushed Out of Top 5


I told you as soon as “SNL” ended last night: musical guest Raye would be a star. I said her records would go to the top of iTunes.

Sure enough, Raye’s 2023 album, “My 21st Century Blues,” has risen to number 7. Bang! Raye made such an outstanding impression last night that if she has the right team, she can make something out of this. She has an amazing voice that hasn’t gotten near its potential yet!

Raye’s tiny label is hidden inside Sony Entertainment, as part of The Orchard. So far they’ve remained silent, but maybe all this action will light their fire.

Raye also has two singles on the top 100 — one at 45 and the other at 66.

Raye — her name is Rachel Keen — is 26. She was signed in the UK to Polydor. They refused to release her album for years, holding her hostage to a contract until she finally escaped. This big moment is a sweet vindication after torture by obviously not very smart people!

Meantime, just to show you how fickle pop fans are, Beyonce’s singles have been pushed out of the top 5. After “Texas Hold ‘Em” was such a hit, Sony/Parkwood didn’t focus on another track. The result is that a bunch of album hits went up and down together. The album, “Cowboy Carter,” has dropped to number 2.

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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