Take a look at the Billboard classical charts if you want a lesson in contemporary realities.
At number one, and number six as well, is Jackie Evancho, a variety kid who came second in America’s Got Talent and meets all the key criteria in Simon Cowell’s shlock box. She is small and cute, with a voice that sounds freakishly adult. It lacks anything that might be mistaken for expression or character and occasionally veers off the note, but it’s a variety act, not an opera audition. Eight million viewers and President Obama love it. Here‘s a Youtube sample.
After a debut hit with O Holy Night, Jackie’s now writing her own. Have we been here before? Do I see a Charlotte Church in the making?
This is a mockery of classical music. So is the rest of the chart. Nothing classical about it.
Can’t someone sue Billboard for misrepresentation?
Here are the latest sales figures: The Official USA ” Dream With Me” sales numbers are:
week one 161k,week two 77k = 238k, the HDD 50-55k is the estimate for week #3( ends Sunday July 3) so definitely well over 250k for the USA alone and over 300k worldwide right now.