This feels sorta like rubbing salt in a wound at this point, but let it not go unnoticed: Scarlett Johannson’s “Ouch! That was my ear!“-worthy album of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay My Head, sold a grand total of 5,000 copies in its first week (h/t). To provide a little context, that means that this world-famous movie star’s music attracted two thousand less buyers than a collection of Dresden Dolls B-sides, and about a quarter as many as a pseudonymous Green Day side project. Even in these woeful times for CD sales, that’s pretty pitiful.
I’d say this is evidence that we music critics really do hold some kind of sway over the cultural marketplace, after all, but super-buzz machines like the Ting Tings and the Cool Kids sold even less than Scarlett last week. But hey, who cares about album sales anyway? S.Jo’s an artist, man. Someday in a few decades, a kid is going to dig out Anywhere I Lay My Head and shake his or her head at all of us who mocked those growly Waitsisms. Maybe. Or don’t you think so? Check out the video below and let us know.