Entertainment behind the scenes
Maybe Christina Aguilera should have called her new album “Anemic” instead of “Bionic.” The album debuted at No. 3 on the U.S. pop chart Wednesday after selling just 110,000 copies last week, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan.
That’s a huge drop from her last studio album, “Back to Basics,” a double-disc set that debuted at No. 1 in 2006 with 346,000 units. In 2002, she went to No. 2 after “Stripped” kicked off with 330,470 units. It’s actually her worst start since a Christmas album debuted at No. 38 in early November 2000 with 29,700 units.
But the weak start was not a huge surprise. The new album’s first single, “Not Myself Tonight,” stalled at No. 23 on the Hot 100 singles chart in late April. Last month, she canceled a slow-selling amphitheater tour, claiming she needed more time to rehearse.
Aguilera did work hard to promote the album, lining up a string of major TV appearances last week. She’s pictured at left singing the national anthem during Game 6 of the NBA basketball finals in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The married mom also courted the LGBT community by alleging that she has bisexual tendencies.
For the second year in a row, Britney Spears took center stage at Sunday’s event, winning all three categories in which she was nominated, including the coveted video of the year.
Unfortunately, her triumph could be overshadowed by the failure of MTV’s hype machine.
Rock the Vote, which aims to engage young voters in the U.S. political process, said pop star Aguilera would help launch the group’s 2008 U.S. public service campaign starting on Wednesday. She will urge people to register and cast their votes in the upcoming election that will send a new president to the White House and senators and congressmen to Capitol Hill.