2015 Albums With Disappointing Sales

Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece © RCA

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.

1) Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show
Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show © RCA

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

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor © Loma Vista

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

Lupe Fiasco , Tetsuo & Youth © Atlantic

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, Forever Charlie © RCA

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

Bob Dylan, Shadows In The Night © Columbia

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 

The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What A Beautiful World © Capitol

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, Fan of a Fan the Album © RCA : Cash Money

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 

Kelly Clarkson, Piece By Piece © RCA

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

Madonna, Rebel Heart © Interscope

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.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Corey Groves says:

    I just wanted to say that I love Kelly Clarkson’s music with all my heart and I want to spend the rest of my life listening to it because her music has been the best thing that has ever happened to me ever since she became the first winner on the first season of the T. V. show, “American Idol” back in 2002, and that was the year that I graduated from High School. I would be lost if she ever decides to stop making music because making music is what she lives for. Kelly is one of the most popular and one of the most successful music artists in the music industry and of this generation who has a lot of fans all over the world who really enjoys listening to her music, and I’m also one of them who was born and raised over here in the United States of America. I have all of her previous albums and I bought the deluxe edition of her, “Piece By Piece” album at Target when it was released on March 3, 2015. I’m surprised that the album only sold 83,000 copies on the first week it was released over here in the United States of America and that it wasn’t certified as Platinum like all of her previous albums were because in my personal opinion, I think that it is one of the best Pop albums of 2015. I wouldn’t consider the album as a flop because it debuted at number 1 on Billboard 200 over her in the United States of America, and that is a good thing. I like her and John Legend’s version of the song, “Run Run Run” a lot better than Tokio Hotel’s version because they put a lot of emotions into it when they were singing it together as a duet. She is very creative when it comes to her own music because she takes it into a different level by adding a perfect mixture of Country, Pop, R & B, Rock, and Soul to it and not a lot of music artists in the music industry and of this generation can really do that when it comes to their own music. Brandon Blackstock is a very lucky man to be married to her and their baby girl is so adorable. I wish that I was marry to her instead of being married to my wife, Ashley because in my personal opinion, I also think that she looks a lot more prettier than my wife does. She doesn’t even have a mean bone in her body just like my wife does and I regret marrying her at the age of 21. If Kelly wasn’t married to Brandon and if she didn’t have a child with him, I would divorce my wife in a heartbeat and marry her. Her name would be, Kelly Brianne Clarkson-Groves instead of, Kelly Clarkson-Blackstock. I will always guard and protect her heart from all of those haters out there no matter what because she is so down to earth when it comes to meeting and talking to all of her fans out there. End of story.

  2. George says:

    Well, Bob Dylan has never been about selling albums.

    Madonna’s album is the most leaked in history. If she wasn’t Madonna, it would not have ended as the best selling worldwide and best selling (even if nr two, irony of the charts) in the US.

    The fact that it leaked for 5 months prior to its release and still managed that should go to its credit.

  3. Megan Wagner says:

    I just found out Kelly Clarkson’s, “Piece By Piece” album is not a flop because it has now earned a Gold certification and it has now sold 500,000 copies over here in the United States of America. The song, “Piece By Piece” (American Idol version) had been added to the deluxe edition. I have the deluxe edition and I bought it at Walmart when it was released on March 3, 2015. I agree that it was one of the best Pop albums of 2015. Kelly is now happily married to her manager, Brandon Blackstock. and they now have 2 kids together. They have a daughter named, River Rose and a son named, Remington Alexander.

    1. brent80 says:

      You would be correct. PIECE BY PIECE ended up being successful even though initially it didn’t look that way.

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