Here’s Why Madonna Is Going to Have a Bad Week

This is from Forbes, of all places:

Madonna‘s “MDNA” album had the biggest second week drop in chart history last week, I am told. When all the numbers are in on Tuesday night, “MDNA” will have fallen from number 1 by 88%–from 359,000 copies in its first week to roughly 46,000 the second week. Wow. The first week’s sales, as I revealed exclusively (and then the New York Post lifted it from us), most of Madonna’s first week sales were CDs that were included in the sale of concert tickets. That promotion artificially inflated Madonna’s numbers, putting her first before Lionel Richie and his “Tuskegee” album.

Read the rest here. Meanwhile, watch for this issue of “bundling” to become a bigger and bigger deal as artists/managers/labels look for ways to manipulate chart placings.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

One thought on “Here’s Why Madonna Is Going to Have a Bad Week

  • April 11, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I've heard a couple of the singles off the new album & I fear that Madonna's WAY over being relevant anymore. There's nothing ballsy or edgy about either of the tracks. If she wasn't singing them, then ANY other pop tart could. Not that I was a "Fan" by any stretch, but everybody knew that, back when she was in her prime, a new song by her was something, well, exciting! She pushed boundaries, shocked the masses & was a presence, pure & simple, But now? Meh.


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