Album Art: Stargazing EP (Courtesy: The Artist)
Kygo released his Stargazing EP last week and according to Chart Data and the Nielsen Report after one week, the album had sold only 37 copies in the US. Not 37K, Not 3,700, just THIRTY-SEVEN copies after 7 days on the shelves.
— 🌙 (@ilordie) October 4, 2017
This comes as a surprise for the Norwegian DJ who has been one of the biggest names in the EDM scene for the past two years. Stargazing is a five track EP that features the likes of Pop Stars Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and U2 therefore the EP was predicted to pull in way more sales than it did for the first week. ‘It Ain’t Me‘, a single from the EP, had already garnered half a billion streams on Spotify in July. ‘First Time‘ has over 241K streams on Soundcloud. So why did Stargazing EP flop?
There are several theories as to why the Kygo EP went “Kygone” with Stargazing. Kygo, who became famous for his tropical house sound, chose to go a different direction with his new EP. While he still has a laidback sound the DJ opts out of using steel drums and chooses to use glistening piano and chopped vocal samples. This new sound resulted in an unoriginal and rather lackluster EP whose singles quickly peaked before its release. Selena Gomez’s and Ellie Goulding’s star presence could only take the songs so far. The other three tracks, ‘Stargazing’, ‘This Town’, and ‘You’re the Best Thing About Me’ have failed to garner much attention.
Kygo’s previous album Cloud Nine had mixed reviews with some critics calling it “superficially pretty with little of real substance.” Kygo appeared to be riding off the success of his debut singles ‘Firestone’ and ‘Stole the Show’ which were huge international successes in 2014 and 2015.
Stargazing EP is only Kygo’s second album. As much as this low sale disappoints fans (including me) Kygo is still a young DJ with much more time to grow and gain experience. He recently released his ‘Stole the Show’ documentary which gave us an inside view of his career. Let’s see how the tropical house DJ recovers from this.
Source: EDM Tunes