It’s been a pretty bad year for superstar single releases, but Bruno Mars can’t complain this week. Billboard has the news.
“Mars’ ’24K Magic’ launches at No. 5 on the Hot 100, as it begins at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (101,000 first-week downloads sold) and No. 9 on Streaming Songs (12.8 million) and vaults 36-15 on Radio Songs (65 million) following its first full week of airplay tracking. (It should benefit on next week’s charts following Mars’ performance of it on NBC’s Saturday Night Live Oct. 15.)”
Billboard adds that “Magic” is Mars’ 13th top 10 hit. It’s the title track from the pop star’s third full-length album that is due on November 18. Bruno Mars’ last two debut singles from albums ended up hitting No. 1: “Just the Way You Are” from Doo-Wops & Hooligans in 2010 and “Locked Out of Heaven” from Unorthodox Jukebox in 2012-13.
Bruno Mars just performed his new song on SNL. Rolling Stone calls his performance an epic dance party.
“Eschewing the typical static SNL performances, Mars’ ’24K Magic’ was more of a fluid, full-scale spectacle as the camera followed Mars and his singers down a hallway and into the audience, where he grooved along to his upcoming LP’s title track with a bevy of dancers.”
The article adds that that Mars last appeared on SNL when he performed “Uptown Funk” alongside Mark Ronson. Unlike Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry, Mars’ new album is expected to be a huge success.
On September 9, 2016, Lady Gaga released her much-hyped “Perfect Illusion,” which many fans and critics liked. However, the song failed to catch on to the mainstream. After debuting at No. 15 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, “Perfect Illusion” has currently dropped to No. 69 just after four weeks. However, Lady Gaga is expected to perform the song on SNL and other places, so she could climb back up.
Britney Spears’ “Make Me” was released with a lot of hype in June. Unfortunately, the song peaked at No. 17 during its first week of release and took a sharp tumble afterwards. According to Forbes, Spears’ album Glory has been a big flop as well.
“In its sixth week on the charts, Glory has already slunk to the incredibly and almost unbelievably low position of No. 138. That’s a shocking drop off for a star as big as Spears, and it’s all the more disappointing considering how many titles are above her and how long some of them have been out.”
The article adds that before the album’s release, everything seemed promising for Spears. Glory did receive the best reviews Britney has received in years.
Another superstar singer with bad luck is Katy Perry, whose song “Rise” not only failed to make the top ten, but dropped off the charts very soon despite being the theme for the Summer Olympics. The lack of success of the single forced Perry to claim that it’s not the first single from her upcoming album, which has probably been delayed in order for people to forget about “Rise.”
As the Inquisitr reported last month, Katy Perry had a biting response to a Britney Spears fan who claimed “Rise” ended Perry’s career.
It’s important to note that superstars such as Mariah Carey, Madonna, Beyonce, and many others have had debut songs from new albums flop, only to come back bigger and stronger. Bruno Mars may be experiencing success this week, but who knows about next week? It’s also possible that Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry will release new hit songs in the coming year.
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