Phoenix, Timberlake & The AC/DC Rule

I asked a friend this week why “Bankrupt,” the new CD by the French group Phoenix, is selling so well, even though so few people seem to like it. The friend pointed me to this NPR blog article, in which Chris Molanphy coins “the AC/DC rule.” To wit: ‘Initial sales of an album, particularly a blockbuster, are a referendum on the public’s feelings about the act’s prior album, not the current one.’ Kinda brilliant, whether it is or isn’t accurate.

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