Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Taylor Swift Taking 10th Week at Number 1 Shows Lack of Important Releases This Year


Taylor Swift’s “Tortured Poets” is number 1 today for the 10th week in a row.

“Poets” has sold around 4.5 million copies including streaming. Without streaming, the number is 2.5 million.

Since January 1st, according to Luminate, Swift has sold around 11 million albums including streaming.

New on the chart this week at number 2 is the debut album from Gracie Abrams. The singing songwriting daughter of director JJ Abrams has been Swift’s opening act for much of the last year. They’ve written songs together. Abrams is talented, but she’s also Swift-approved.

There isn’t much else going on in music and hardly anything for male artists. Billie Eilish and Chappell Roan are hanging in the top 20, Ariana Grande and Sabrina Carpenter as well. It’s all pop tarts. Maybe Jerry Seinfeld was onto something!

The Grammy Awards, based on what’s left of their eligibility year, will be all about these women and Beyonce. Remember “Cowboy Carter”?

The only male artist continually selling albums is country star Morgan Wallen, a demonstrable racist who’s obviously found a strong fanbase.

We may see a new album by Eminem, called “The Death of Slim Shady,” released before the September 30th Grammy deadline. A new single called “Tobey” is set for July 2nd, with Big Sean and Babytron.

Otherwise, the outlook is depressing. No one seems to working on a magnum opus, a visionary project, an effort even remotely worthy of comparison with anything from the 60s, 70s, or even 80s.

Is there an authentic new genuine superstar out there? We’re waiting.

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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