It's quite ironic: Rihanna's latest single, which has received brutal reviews on social media, is -- by far -- selling more than Madonna's "Ghosttown," which has received universal praise on social media. Rihanna dropped her single last week, while Madonna's record company started heavily promoting her new single at the same time. Both artists performed at the iHeart Music Awards.
"B*tch Better Have My Money" is No. 1 at iTunes. "Ghosttown" is, well, in a ghost town on the iTunes chart (in other words, it's nowhere to be found). However, Madonna fans don't need to get angry and start leaving threatening comments; Madonna's new single is taking off in a big way and could easily be the sleeper hit of the year.
Last week, Billboard mentioned that "Ghosttown" entered the Adult Contemporary chart at No. 21. According to the Pulse Music Boards, Madonna's latest hit has since jumped up to No. 16. It's her biggest adult contemporary hit since "The Power of Goodbye" in 1998. But the news gets better for Madonna; "Ghosttown" is starting to take off at pop radio. Commenters on The Pulse have reported multiple plays on some of the country's biggest music stations: KIIS FM in Los Angeles, Y100 in Miami, Z100 in New York City, and many others. The steady increase in airplay proves the song is getting great call-out research. It is now time for sales to catch up and they possibly could when Madonna releases the video for her new single next week.
Meanwhile, Madonna's critics are having the time of their lives this week and jumping for joy over the fact that her album Rebel Heart is falling down Billboard's album chart. However, the widely-admired journalist, Robbie Daw from Idolator, explains the major reason for the drop in sales.
"But the not-so-fit-for-a-Queen sales of the record have less to do with the Material Girl's popularity (remember, this is the top grossing solo tour act and best-selling female artist of all time we're talking about, whose 13 studio albums have all landed in the Top 10) and probably much to do with a disastrous string of leaks that plagued the album months before it was officially released."Madonna's critics are so eager to see her fail that they have even called her Rebel Heart World Tour a flop, with the New York Post leading the way, even suggesting the tour should be renamed to "Like a Has-Been." Of course, they never mentioned that several secondary dates have been added in New York City, Toronto, Miami, Edmonton, Paris, Amsterdam, etc. The year 2015 will be another very profitable year for Madonna, who will laugh her way all the way to the bank.
[Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images]