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

July 16, 2014  |  
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These artists were expecting to do big numbers but instead their albums flopped. Terribly so.


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.

“Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse”

No one has a voice quite like Mariah Carey. She released her debut album in the 90’s and since then she’s gone on to sell more than 200 million albums worldwide, becoming one of the highest selling artists of all time. But her last album didn’t fare as well as others. Carey has been working on “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” since 2011 and she originally partnered with longtime friend Randy Jackson before choosing producer Jermaine Dupri instead. The album debuted earlier this year at the number three spot on the Billboard charts and moved 58,000 units in the first week, Carey’s lowest numbers for a new release ever.

“Push And Shove”

No Doubt gave Gwen Stefani the launching pad she needed to start her solo career. Almost a decade after they released their debut album, the group split up and everyone went their own separate ways. The group got back together to tour and they soon went back into the studio to create some music. Eleven years since their last album, the group released “Push and Shout” in 2012. They managed to move over 100,000 in the first week but despite positive reviews, their sixth studio album soon fell off the charts.


In 2008, Lady Gaga dropped her debut album. “The Fame” contained the chart-topping song “Poker Face” which helped the album go on to sell more than ten million copies worldwide. But five years later, her third album didn’t do nearly as well. Described as a celebration and a poetic musical journey, “Artpop” claimed the top spot on the Billboard charts but soon became a distant memory. Lady Gaga’s latest album did so poorly, rumors started to swirl around that the flop had cost her label $25 million and led to layoffs, something the artist has said simply wasn’t true.

“Talk A Good Game”

2013 was shaping up to be a promising year for the three ladies of Destiny’s Child. Beyonce kicked things off by reuniting the group for her Super Bowl performance and Kelly Rowland snagged a seat at U.K.’s “The X Factor” and dropped her fourth solo album. Despite receiving a lot of attention for getting personal on the song “Dirty Laundry,” Rowland just couldn’t translate that into sales. An even bigger star across the pond, Rowland’s “Talk A Good Game” debuted on the U.K. charts at number 80 spot. It didn’t do that much better here in the U.S.

“Somethin ‘Bout Kreay”

Like some other artists today, Kreayshawn gained a lot of attention when her 2011 song “Gucci Gucci” became a viral hit. Eager to capitalize off of that success, several labels came calling and the San Francisco native signed a record deal with Columbia Records. “Somethin ‘Bout Kreay” was released a year later and to Kreayshawn’s surprise, the album hardly moved off of the shelves. Selling just 3,900 copies, the 24-year-old has admitted that she’s only received one cent from royalties from “Somethin ‘Bout Kreay.”

“Britney Jean”

For a while Britney Spears was one of the biggest selling pop artists out there. But something happened between her debut album “…Baby One More Time” back in 1999 and 2013’s “Britney Jean.” Her first album sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. By the time she was ready to drop her eighth studio album, times were different and her fans apparently weren’t feeling her new music. “Britney Jean” landed on the fourth spot in the U.S. and did even worse overseas. Her lowest selling album of her career, Spears’ latest attempt only reached the top 20 or 30 in other countries.


Christina Aguilera started in the entertainment industry at an early. Working non-stop for much of her career, Aguilera took some time off when she had her first child. Four years later, the “Genie In A Bottle” singer was ready to reclaim her position but her fans just weren’t clamoring for her music. Her sixth album 2010’s “Bionic” was her lowest selling album of her career. That is until she dropped “Lotus” two years later. The album barely managed to go gold in the U.S. and it did even worse in the U.K. with less than ten thousand records sold.

“The Indestructible Spirit”

Nelly Furtado has sold more than 40 million records worldwide. No thanks to her latest album. After selling more than 10 million copies of her debut album the Latin singer was used to dominating the charts. But when she released “The Indestructible Spirit” in 2012, Furtado saw numbers she was never used to. Poor promotion led to poor sales and the album barely sold 10,000 in Canada and less than half of that here in the U.S.


Jennifer Lopez has been everywhere promoting her album, from performing at “Good Morning America” and appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” to holding a free concert in her hometown of the Bronx. But despite all of her hard work, La Lopez’ “A.K.A.” is her lowest selling album so far. The album received mixed reviews from critics and even less support from fans. “A.K.A.” landed on the eight spot by moving 33,000 copies the first week and it dropped 75% in its second week and even further in the third.


When Ashanti dropped her debut album back in 2002, she moved half a million records in the first week. Since then the “Foolish” singer has taken time off from singing to focus on an acting career but she was ready to make her return to music as an independent artist. Working on a 2012 release, “Braveheart” suffered a series of setbacks and kept getting new release dates until it finally got the green light this past March. A far cry from the sales of her debut album, “Braveheart” managed to move 28,000 copies in its first week.


Ciara danced her way into our hearts with her debut album “Goodies” in 2004. However her popularity peaked with her first album and each one released after that sold less and less. By the time Ciara released her fifth self-titled album, she was barely selling the type of numbers she was used to. Despite features with Nicki Minaj, B.o.B. and her boo Future, “Ciara” soon fell off the charts. To help boost sales, Groupon offered a coupon for the album.


There was a bidding war over a young, baby-faced Justin Bieber. After signing with R&B singer Usher, the Canadian heartthrob’s debut album “My World” went platinum in several countries. But as he grew up in the public eye, Biebs adopted a bad boy image and it has negatively affected sales. To create a buzz for his latest project, Bieber released a new song on Monday for two months before dropping “Journals.” Despite their best promotions efforts, sales from “Journals” made it Bieber’s lowest performing album.

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