Donald Trump now thinks he’s Elvis. He’s delusional, of course.

A few weeks back, a song appeared on iTunes from Donald J. Trump and the J6 Prison Choir. It’s Trump reciting the Pledge of Allegiance together with a bunch of dudes in jail for their part in the January 6 insurrection singing “The Star Spangled Banner.” In case you missed it, here you go.

The song had a MAGA-powered bump on the iTunes singles chart (a dodgy and hard-to-gauge metric) which pushed it to number one. That has him crowing about being bigger than Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

Here’s the truth. “Justice for All” has sold a grand total of 48,945 copies. That includes being streamed 1.1 million times, which, based on music industry math, is equivalent to 10,000 in sales. A quick calculation reveals that the song may have earned US$4,400 from streaming.

For it to be considered a gold record, it would have to be streamed 75 million times. So, 74 million to go, then.

He’s not beating Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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