Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Billy Joel Singles, Albums Soar on Charts Despite Grievous CBS Mistake

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Billy Joel is all over the charts today following the botched broadcast of his special last night.

CBS pulled the plug on the special, which was Emmy worthy, in the last ten minutes and cut to local news. Billy was in the middle of singing “Piano Man.” The whole MSG audience was singing along, and no doubt fans at home were, too.

Fans were outraged. A CBS insider told me: “In the old days, heads would roll over this considering how much effort went into the special.”

The ironic part is that the producers moved “Piano Man” to the end of the show. In concert, the classic song closed the show before encores. If they’d left it alone, CBS would have cut during “You May Be Right.”

Meantime, Billy sees six singles and six albums hit the iTunes charts today, with “Piano Man” at 43. The albums are all his greatest hits packages, and “The Stranger.” On amazon.com, same thing. So that’s some small consolation!

CBS had better re-air that special very quickly– and on the network, not Paramount Plus!

Turn the lights back on!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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