Remember the big story behind the demo tracks of Madonna’s new album ‘Rebel Heart’ being leaked to the internet. No! Me either!
The fact is though that they have. The Guardian reports today that another 14 tracks have been leaked, including a collaboration with Pharrell Williams, this follows a leak of 13 demos last week. The guardian reports that poor Madge’s festive season is proving less cheery all the time and that she has described the earlier leaks of her songs as ‘a form of terrorism’ and ‘artistic rape’.
Sadly Madonna is probably the only person on the face of the planet who cares, her comments suggest that she values her artistic output considerably higher that anyone else does. Lets face it, it has been a very long time since Madonna was relevant.
In the wake of the leaked tracks Madonna swiftly released six official tracks from Rebel Heart, which is not due out until March, on iTunes. She immediately reached No 1 in the iTunes chart in 36 countries, a fact I find absolutely astounding. It would seem that some fans of older artists do still buy music and this is likely to have a disproportionate effect. The Charts companies have recently announced that both streaming and downloads will now be counted towards the album charts. They have made the bizarre decision that 10 downloads or 1500 streams will count as an album sale, even if they are all of the same song. So technically an album could top the album chart based on singles sales? Silly me, there was me thinking that was what the singles chart was for.
So when Madonna releases ‘Rebel Heart’ in March it is likely that it will already have spent time at No1, Wow, seriously! You have to wonder as to the sanity of those who have come up with these ideas, especially given that as todays Daily Mail reports after less than a week Madonna’s tracks plummeted from top spot to No188 (for the best of them). It is little wonder that the record industry is in disarray with the guardian reporting that in 2014:
“Album sales were at an all-time low, record labels were left millions in the red with artists they thought would be superstars, and fewer new artists broke through than at any time in the past 40 years.”
With the industry in the state it is, I suspect that sales for Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ have already seen their peak.