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Donald Trump Makes Dubious Claim About Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho

Keep pumping up the numbers, Mr. President-Elect.

The best entertainment to come out of Donald Trump’s A-list-starved inauguration might be the president-elect’s tweets defending it.

On Wednesday, he used his favorite medium, Twitter, to address his low-wattage docket of performers by pumping up the cred of one singer who is scheduled to sing, former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jackie Evancho.

Only Trump’s claims that Evancho’s “album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her inauguration performance” are being called into question. Especially in cause and effect.

Vanity Fair noted that the 16-year-old Evancho’s latest offering is a Christmas album, so it stands to reason that sales would increase as the holiday approached.

In terms of numbers, Billboard offered interesting tidbits. The music trade outlet acknowledged that sales of Evancho’s “Someday At Christmas” did rise after the Dec. 14 announcement that she would sing the national anthem at the inauguration ― but “skyrocket” might be pushing it.

The Christmas album, released Oct. 28, sold 6,000 copies in the chart week ending Dec. 15. Sales then increased to 11,000 the next charting period ending Dec. 22. Then they dipped to 8,000 the week after.

Jackie Evancho's  five previous studio albums never returned to the Billboard 200 after the inauguration announcement.
Jackie Evancho's  five previous studio albums never returned to the Billboard 200 after the inauguration announcement.

As for “the Movement” being responsible for boosting her sales, Billboard also noted that Evancho appeared on an “America’s Got Talent” holiday special that aired on NBC Dec. 19 and Dec. 29.

In addition, her five previous studio albums never returned to the Billboard 200 after the inauguration announcement.

Keep tweeting, Mr. President-Elect. Now that’s entertainment.

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