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Joni Mitchell Earns Her First Top 10 Hit On Billboard’s Sales Chart Print-ready version

by Hugh McIntyre
Forbes
February 15, 2024

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Joni Mitchell performs onstage during the 66th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 04, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy) GETTY IMAGES FOR THE RECORDING ACADEMY

Joni Mitchell is a legend and has nothing left to prove at this point in her career. The superstar is recognized as one of the most beloved singer-songwriters worldwide and one of the best to ever put pen to paper. Following her recent high-profile TV performance, Mitchell earns her first top 10 hit on one of Billboard's most important charts - half a century after the tune was first released.

"Both Sides, Now" by Mitchell returns to Billboard's Digital Song Sales chart this week. The tune reappears at No. 10 on the ranking of the bestselling tracks in the U.S. It's only spent a pair of frames anywhere on the tally, and now it's reached a special new high.

This week marks the first inside the top 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart for "Both Sides, Now." According to Luminate, the single sold another 8,837 copies in the past tracking period. It's also the first top 10 smash for Mitchell on this specific tally.

As "Both Sides, Now" breaks into the top 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart, the tune also performs well on another similar Billboard ranking. The single is up to No. 2 on the Rock Digital Song Sales list, which also looks only at pure purchases, but only for those cuts classified as rock. The single is held back from becoming a No. 1 by Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car," which also surged post-Grammys.

"Both Sides, Now" benefits immensely from the fact that it was highlighted during the most recent Grammys. Mitchell performed for the first time in her career at the annual ceremony, and she chose to highlight one of her most famous tracks. The legendary songwriter was joined by fellow artists like Brandi Carlile, Jacob Collier, and Alisson Russel, among others.

In addition to her inaugural performance at the Grammys, Mitchell was named a winner once again this year. She took home Best Folk Album for At Newport (Live). The trophy marked her tenth Grammy win.

"Both Sides, Now" hits the top 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart decades after it was first released. Her version of the track was first shared in 1969, and it was featured on her album Clouds. Before Mitchell recorded the cut, which she wrote, it was also released by Judy Collins, but it's more closely associated with the original author than any who have covered it since or before.

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