‘Water Under the Bridge’ is one of the best songs on Adele’s 2015 album 25, which is a fine album start to finish. A fine album, but not a remarkable one, which makes its record-shattering commercial performance even more astounding.
These days it’s rare for an album to sell a million copies. Selling 2 million is a pipe dream. Over the past three years, only Taylor Swift (Reputation) and Ed Sheeran (÷) have reached the 2 million threshold.
That’s 2 million copies, total.
Chelsea Rae is another singer with a little-heard song on YouTube (211 total views) and almost no other web presence. In fact, when you search for her name, Google asks if you meant to look for “American pornographic film actor” Chelsie Rae.
That’s a shame because, based on this song, Rae (the singer, not the porn star) has some talent. I’m sure the porn star has talent as well, but that’s for a different blog.
Rounding out Billboard’s top ten this week is ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover),’ the latest single from Adele’s smash hit 25.
Though Adele destroyed every album sales record with the release of 25, it doesn’t seem like that record has permeated the culture. Compare it to Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which sold far fewer copies but dominated the conversation for months.
Best Songs of 2015 – #9
‘When We Were Young’ – Adele
Nobody thought NSYNC’s record of 2.4 million albums sold in a week would ever fall. Not so much because NSYNC is some pinnacle of creative success but because the music industry has changed so much that a million-copy sales week is now unheard of. Two million? More? That’s fantasy land.