Madonna’s ‘MDNA’ Set For Major Second-Week Drop In Sales?
Madonna’s MDNA sailed into the peak position on Billboard’s Top 200 last week, but Forbes is crying foul and declaring that Lionel Richie, whose Tuskegee was #2, is owed an apology. The publication reports that MDNA is set to have the largest second-week sales drop — 88%, to be exact — in chart history. According to Forbes’ Roger Friedman, the bulk of Madge’s first-week sales tied in to concert ticket purchases “artificially inflated Madonna’s numbers, putting her first before Lionel Richie and his Tuskegee album.” And while Tuskegee sold another 110,000 copies over the past week, MDNA moved a mere 46,000, claims Friedman. (Billboard will post official chart figures tomorrow.) “I do think that all the people involved in the Madonna ticket-CD deal should apologize to Richie for denying him his rightful place at number 1, starting with Billboard and SoundScan,” says the writer. Do you agree?