Friday, May 24, 2024

Shake it Off: Taylor Swift Album Knocked Off Top of Charts by Dua Lipa After 2 Weeks!



After just two weeks and 3 million albums, “The Tortured Poets Department” has been toppled.

The new number 1 album on iTunes is Dua Lipa’s “Radical Optimism.” Taylor Swift has been dethroned.

It does seem like Swift’s incredible first week and so-so second week have saturated her audience.

Dua Lipa — that is her real name — brings a gigantic hit with her on “Radical Optimism” in the form of “Houdini.” There are two other previously released singles including “Training Season.”

The whole album is filled with radio friendly pop singles. I particularly liked “Maria” and “End of an Era.” This album should be a hit all summer.

But fans are fickle now. Even recording superstars get just one or two weeks at the top before they’re supplanted by the release of the week.

Take Ariana Grande’s “Eternal Sunshine.” It’s sold about 125,000 actual albums, and a total of 700,000 which is mostly from streaming. In the old days, “Poets” would have gone on and on. But this week it sold 455,000 including 125,000 in hard sales. It’s over as quickly as it started. Now it’s Dua Lipa’s turn. We’ll see if she can hold on.
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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