Some big names have dropped albums in 2015. Some have been successful (Drake tops that list), while others have seen much less enthusiasm in the sales front. Here are nine albums that have yielded disappointing numbers commercially. Some of these are solid albums, but a great album doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to sell well.
It is hard to stay hot after a near-five year hiatus, but quality of material definitely hasn’t been a problem for Jazmine Sullivan throughout her career. Sales, however, are another story. Reality Show missed the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and has by no means yielded much in the sales department.
2) Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor
It doesn’t matter whether Marilyn Manson is “Killing Strangers” or not. When Manson sang, “motherf**kers better run,” folks must have taken it literally. After starting relatively soundly at number eight on the Billboard 200, Manson continued to lose support week after week.
3) Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth
Easily one of the best albums of the year regardless of genres, the sales have not been in Lupe Fiasco’s favor for Testuo & Youth. The album missed the top ten debuting at #14, and what little support the album was receiving quickly plummeted.
4) Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie
Charlie Wilson isn’t expected to move lots of album, particular as an artist in his sixties. That said, Wilson’s latest album, Forever Charlie was underwhelming in the sales department. Yes, Uncle Charlie sung his you-know-what-off like he always does, but a modest #17 start certainly didn’t signify a gold album. That said, few artists know what a gold album is anymore.
5) Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night
Is Bob Dylan expected to go platinum? No, but the veteran singer/songwriter has been extremely successful over the years, even in the 10s. That success hasn’t translated for his Frank Sinatra covers album Shadows in the Night, which has only dented the charts following a #7 start.
6) The Decemberists, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
After the alt/indie band’s previous album The King Is Dead debuted at number one, one would think that a comeback album 4 years later would generate some buzz. The Decemberists’ What A Terrible World, What a Beautiful World would once more grace the top ten, but longevity and album sustainability have been an issue.
7) Chris Brown & Tyga, Fan Of A Fan The Album
Chris Brown & Tyga don’t seem to have that many fans – at least those willing to buy a mediocre album that yours truly regrets buying. The modest opening of Fan Of A Fan The Album should tell you that sales are going nowhere. Neither “Ayo” or “B*tches N Marijuana” could save this train wreck.
8) Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece
Is Kelly Clarkson’s Piece By Piece a flop? Not exactly, but the numbers for Clarkson’s third number one album are down from her previous albums. After debuting at number one with just 83,000 copies in sales (only 97K in overall impact), in its second week, Piece By Piece dropped from #1 to #12. Ouch!
9) Madonna, Rebel Heart
Didn’t you hear that Madonna had to settle for the runner-up spot to a TV show soundtrack (Empire)? The numbers weren’t abysmal, but after an album leak and much less than robust Madonna numbers, Rebel Heart’s commercial status is in jeopardy.