The old saying, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” may be proven true once more as the “Duck Dynasty” clan’s Christmas album, “Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas,” is poised for a sales uptick amid mounting controversy.
Music industry analysts predict that for the current week (ending Sunday), “Duck the Halls” is on track to sell 125,000 copies, according to Billboard. That number would amount to a 16 percent boost from last week.
Peculiar timing for sure. However, with the CD’s titular holiday approaching, albums overall — especially Christmas ones — are on course for an uptick. So it is not really clear what role, if any, patriarch Phil Robertson’s recent comments to GQ magazine will have on the album’s sales.
In the interview with the men’s mag, Robertson expressed anti-homosexuality viewpoints, claiming that gays “won’t inherit the kingdom of God,” among other sentiments. The GQ comments have been classified as homophobic and racist, as the reality star spoke candidly on the topics of sin and the segregated south.
For his quotes, Robertson is currently suspended indefinitely by A&E, the network that houses mega-hit “Duck Dynasty.”
“Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” is currently the year’s second-biggest selling Christmas album, trailing Kelly Clarkson’s “Wrapped in Red” by just 3,000 units: 575,000 to 578,000, respectively.
The Robertson’s Christmas offering is No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was released Oct. 29.