After topping the Billboard 200 last week with her latest album MDNA,Madonna is on course to suffer the biggest second-week sales drop in history. According to Forbes, MDNA is set to shift “roughly” 46,000 copies second week, giving it somewhere around a record-breaking 88% drop in sales.
MDNA debut atop the Billboard 200 last week with 359k, but Madge cheated her way to No. 1 by offering the album for free as part of a concert ticket bundle for her upcoming tour. Billboard report that about 185k of MDNA’s first-week sales total came from the ticket deal, making MDNA’s real album sales about 179k, which would’ve seen Lionel Ritchie debut at No. 1 with his new album Tuskegee, which sold 199k.
This whole cheat-first-week-then-suffer-a-sales-drop thing is so ironically Lady GaGa, isn’t it?
I think in many countries now, but especially Russia, whilst being gay may not be illegal, it is still frowned upon and closeted. You are expected to not rub peoples noses in your sexuality or discuss it. Which is just being closeted by straight society. Which is seemingly what they want. their homosexuals quiet, married, raising children and leading heteronormative lives.
Perhaps what’s most surprising amid the homophobic rhetoric and the new law targeting the “promotion” of gay lifestyles is the fact that St. Petersburg’s gay scene has never been more visible or felt less threatened than it does today.
Like many aspects of Russian civil society that tentatively grew up in the early 1990s, the gay and lesbian movement characterized itself by keeping its head down, not upsetting the authorities and trying hard to avoid creating trouble, a strategy most unlike that used by other, more provocative European gay rights movements. Many gay people in Russia still consider the mere existence of a gay rights movement a nuisance that will simply serve to turn an intolerant society’s attention toward a group of people that the average Russian rarely sees or even thinks about.
While gay rights groups have become far more vocal in recent years, it’s still no exaggeration to say that the political side of the gay scene remains small and rarely visible, even as political protest seems to be returning to St. Petersburg.