Wait, When Did That Come Out? Artists Whose Albums Flopped. Terribly.

July 16, 2014 ‐ By Iva Anthony

These artists were expecting to do big numbers but instead their albums flopped. Terribly so.

Artists Whose Albums Flopped

Source: Interscope Records


What a difference a year makes. Last year Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” was everywhere and the song helped his album of the same name move almost a million copies. Even though his career was reaching new heights, Thicke was having trouble at home and his wife Paula Patton decided to separate. Determined to get her back, Thicke dedicated a whole album to woo his wife and even named it after her. However, fans weren’t feeling “Paula” and the album sold 24,000 copies in its first week here in the U.S. It was even worse overseas. The album only sold 530 copies in the U.K.

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  • Mr Vinyl Pants

    seems to be a theme, self indulgence doesn’t sell.

  • Alex Van Hagar

    Further proof in distinction between real artist and flavour of the month! What do you expect from the music industry in 2014…

    • Jay

      Very true! See: Lady Gaga. Or as I like to say, Lady Gaggag.

  • Miss M

    Gaga tacky showmanship, is all played out, no surprise here!

  • Smedley Snodgrass

    Gosh, who knew pop music was disposable…

    still, a badly-written article – could’ve used some more sales figures for these, instead of expecting us to take your word for it (show, don’t tell).

  • mon88

    All of the albums on this list were terrible imo, and ppl are not buying albums anymore because the music sucks plain and simple. If artist focus on making great albums with great songs instead of just having a hot single or two ppl would buy the album.

  • Guest

    All of the albums on this list were terrible imo, and ppl are not buying albums anymore because the music sucks plain and simple. If artist focus on making good albums with great songs apposed to just having hot singles ppl would buy the album.

  • Sean Cuthill

    You had a picture of the album cover and you still managed to screw up the title of Nelly Furtado’s album. Twice. Epic fail.

  • Elizabeth Aspen

    I’m not shocked that Mariah flopped. She just doesn’t get it. Maybe the material was good, who knows. It was the title that was the problem – “Me. I Am Mariah . . .’ For someone who’s constantly screaming that she’s not a diva, that title certainly sounds completely self-absorbed, as if she’s doing her audience a huge favor by just throwing an album their way. She’s turned her career into one big caricature with her over-the-top attitude.

  • Tim

    Please have someone go over this article with a fine tooth comb. There are numerous mistakes in spelling album names and some grammatical errors and missing words too.

  • 01lander

    The rumours that ARTPOP cost the label $25 million dollars and led to layoffs is entirely falsified by a troll journalist going under the fake name of Angela Cheng.

    • Mr Vinyl Pants

      So I guess the rumours that the producers also convinced to drop the ‘F’ from the title are untrue as well?

      • 01lander

        That’s nice.

  • Kensal

    truth these days now more than ever being the social media age we live in now people drop off the map pretty quickly

  • lola

    No doubts’ first album didnt sell too. Not a good example. There must be the prodigy’s always outnumbered

  • Thekeeks

    I actually enjoyed Ciara’ s album. I also have lady gaga’s album. Both were pretty good to me.

  • CeCe Says Ugonlearntaday

    U don’t stay hott on the music scene forever no matter who u are. Even Queen Bey encountered a dip in her album says with that album “4”….

  • mich

    Peeps aint buying records that’s all, these artists need to diversify!!

  • Doll Phace

    Who cares. People are still burning cds!

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      That’s not true. People who are real connoseurs of music buy cd’s – even vinyl – because they believe in the sound quality of those mediums over mp3’s. I personally don’t hear any difference, but a lot of people do. Soundgarden and Sarah McLachlan’s latest albums sold a lot of vinyl – AND they were two of the best albums of 2013 and 2014.

      • Doll Phace

        All I’m saying is that people don’t buy music like they used to and that could be a reason why people cd sales are down

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    Kelly Rowland is the only one that shouldn’t have flopped… They shoved her down the worlds throats last summer… And I also heard Dirty Laundry wasn’t really her story just a song the Dream wrote & she sang it best to his liking…although I could just be a rumor…