Monday, June 17, 2024

Taylor Swift’s Mega Album “Tortured Poets” Takes 6th Week at Number 1, Beating Billie Eilish, twenty one pilots


The numbers are in. Taylor Swift has taken the number 1 spot on the album chart for the SIXTH week.

“The Tortured Poets Department” wracked up 177,000 in sales mixing CDs, LPs, and streaming. The album beat Billie Eilish’s new album for a second week in a row. “Hit Me Hard and Soft” came in at around 149,000.

Taylor didn’t win everything. twentyone pilots’ album, “Clancy,” sold 139,000 copies. And get this: 110,000 of those were hard sales — CDs, downloads, etc. So the Pilots outsold Swift, whose album count was 42,444.

On the chart and on the rise: a singer named Chappell Roan, who my niece tells me is the big deal right now. Her album, “The Rise and Fall of a Midwestern Princess,” sold 27,000 copies this week and has been on the chart for a couple of weeks. It’s unclear who her label or publicist are. I emailed someone and they didn’t respond.

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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