Madonna’s Single ‘Crave’ Follows Her Others and Flops on iTunes

MadonnaOn May 10, 2019, Madonna released her new single “Crave,” which will be featured on her new album “Madame X” which is being released on June 14.

This single is the third Madonna has released since April 19. The first being Madonna & Maluma – “Medellin” and “I Rise” on May 3.

Four years ago, Madonna had the worse selling album of her illustrious career “Rebel Heart.” Despite having some of the best remixers out there mixing such as StoneBridge, Erick Morillo, Mike Rizzo, and Dirty Pop, nothing could save the album.

“Madame X” was poised to be the return of the Material Girl to the charts and the mainstream audience.

Immediately, the singles fell off the iTunes charts, and radio airplay was less than expected.

Madonna’s performance on the Billboard Awards, where she spent $5M of her own money for Holograms of herself, not only did not boost sales of the song but she also did not chart on mainstream Billboard Charts.

The controversy surrounding her Eurovision finale appearance did not draw attention to her music. Ticket sales have been poor despite the fact she was on the bill.

Television stations in the United States decided against airing the show fearing bad ratings, not thinking Madonna would be a significant draw.

Madonna’s latest effort featuring Swae Lee “Crave” did not open at number 1 on any countries iTunes Charts.

It was already dropping on the charts by the second day of release. The song actually fell to 93 on the German charts and should be completely off the chart by May 12.

Pop Star Taylor Swift who released her song with Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie, not only broke all YouTube views for her latest song “ME!” but she continues to be on the iTunes Top 10 charts in the United States, Canada, United Kingdon, and Australia.

Crave follows “Medellin” and “I Rise” without a remix package. Fans have to rely on the many bootlegs, which also did not help matters.

Fans scream it is because of Madonna’s age. Cher, Diana Ross, Londonbeat, and Bruce Springsteen have all had hits recently with no difficulty. They do not want to admit maybe the reason is because of the actual song.

Madonna & Swae Lee – ‘Crave’ iTunes Charts Release Date May 10

Chart: #55
Most recent chart position: #93 – May 11

United Kingdom:
Chart: #25

United States:
Chart: #41

Chart: #44

Chart: #32

Chart: #9

Chart: #11

Chart: #11

Chart: #8

Madonna did not open in any country at #1. Fans scream that it does not matter. Madonna does not need to be number 1. No. Madonna does not need to be number 1, but her record label needs her to have sales.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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9 Responses to Madonna’s Single ‘Crave’ Follows Her Others and Flops on iTunes

  1. Scott Smith August 3, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Barbra – Cher’s most recent Top 100 hit in the UK was in 2018. In the US, it was in 2002.

    Diana Ross’s was in 2005 in the UK and 1986 (!!!) in the US.

    Londonbeat – 1995 in the UK and 1994 in the US.

    Bruce Springsteen – 2014 in the UK and 2008 in the US.

    Madonna – 2019 in the UK and 2015 in the US.

    What am I missing here? Where are the “recent hits” that the artists you mentioned scored “with no difficulty”? If we look at genre charts (e.g. US Dance charts), Cher and Londonbeat have achieved recent success in that field, yes, but…Madonna has done even better (a #1 single this year and another that has just reached the Top 10). Aside from revealing your obvious distaste for Madonna, what are you trying to do by printing blatantly false information? As a professional journalist, facts should be important to you. It took me 5 minutes to check the chart performances for the artists you chose to highlight in your article (to “prove” that Madonna’s age has nothing to do with her success or lack thereof). How did we both come up with such vastly different information?

  2. Ayden July 11, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    How about Barabara stops trying to tear other women down because she is a jealous childish coward and start writing more positive news. How about celebrating a woman who has survived 3 decades in the music business and is the highest selling female artist? These articles make you look very sad and desperate and unhappy with yourself. Grow up Barbara.

  3. Zach Gleason June 17, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Barbara Sobel apparently makes the majority of her living writing hit pieces on Madonna for multiple fourth rate online “news sites.” She’s not even skilled enough as a writer to change her phrasing from article to article. Copy and paste being so convenient when you lack both imagination and credible sources. Crave is now #15 on the Adult Contemporary Billboard chart and is still rising, and was a career best opening for her on that chart. Madame X debuted at #1 on iTunes in 58 countries, and is currently vying for the #1 spot for the week. Barbara, it’s obvious you either have a an ax to grind, or just like to write easy clickbait, but either way, you should try a little harder in the future.

  4. Crazy88 June 15, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    What a desperate article to try to get hits by following the trend of bashing Madonna. So what if “Crave” failed to chart. We all know what an uphill battle it is for Madonna these days for many factors. You had a cheap shot against the song but the song itself is quite good. I’d like to see you write an actual substantive piece on why the song itself isn’t good. Also, so many excellent songs don’t chart well. Many indie artists write some of the best music out there but they never get any attention.

  5. Shane June 1, 2019 at 2:30 am

    It’s purely average music. I can’t fathom why Madonna would release this music. Stop featuring other artists, we fans don’t want it, just you alone with real pop music. Stick to what your great at and not this Portuguese stuff. Nothing against Portugal it’s just doesn’t suit her, comes across all confusing. With access to all the best pop producers on the world it makes no sense to me she would not make a truly great album. Is Madonna failing on purpose? She needs her team to tell her straight this album sucks, too many yes people not game to critic honesty. Such a shame as I was Madonnas biggest fan but now it’s time for me to move on. Not sure she’ll recover from this effort.

    • Crazy88 June 15, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      Lord, she makes one album you don’t take to and you act like she personally attacked you. Why do you even need to be a stan who has to follow her or move on? Why can’t you just enjoy artists based on the products they make? I swear this fan culture is toxic. People live their lives through their idols in unhealthy ways.

  6. Henry May 23, 2019 at 7:32 am

    As a big fan of hers, the Eurovision was her worst performance ever!!! if that would happened in one of her concerts i would ask my money back!! her voice was so flat like she is not singing anymore, I am pretty sure she knows that because the audio of the performance is not the original in her youtube channel, It felt sad watching her and I don’t wanna sound as an ageist or something I celebrate all women no matter their age but I am sure Tina Turner would nailed it!!

  7. AAron May 22, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Madonna needs to make some music. This new shit is horrible. As a huge fan, I won’t buy it. It’s obvious that all 3 singles have flopped – I am not even buying a ticket to her show. The new music is so bad. It has nothing to do with sex, being 60 or being female. I’d rather listen to some cats than hear this shit.

  8. Melissa May 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    These are some bitter disgusting people who write these articles. Madonna has nothing to prove, she’s broken all the records she’s incredible. Stop judging her for chart numbers. She’s a self made billionaire. Let’s start celebrating women in music !


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