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post Apr 7 2021, 04:22 PM
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QUOTE(steve201 @ Apr 7 2021, 04:44 PM) *
How much did Frankie Gies To Hollywood’s second album sell? The first had 3 number ones and the second had a couple of top 30’hits, seemed like a big fall!


Says 'Liverpool' went Gold and 'Rage Hard' single was a no.4 hit so a big drop albeit not catastrophic.

Elastica's self titled debut went Gold made no.1 and was on the album chart for 28 weeks - the much delayed follow up 'Menace' only made no.24 for 2 weeks and not certified.
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post Apr 7 2021, 05:01 PM
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Mel B could slightly fall into this aswell, i know Hot wasnt a huge sucesss but in comparison to her second album it was.
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post Apr 7 2021, 05:13 PM
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I wish they’d stop publishing Duffy in articles like this, poor lamb has been through enough.
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post Apr 7 2021, 05:16 PM
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Yea, Duffy's situation was disgusting and it should always at least be pointed out.
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post Apr 7 2021, 05:35 PM
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some more examples:
T' Pau: debut 1,35 million; 2nd album: 300K
Bros: debut: 1,05 million; 2nd album:100K
Jason Donovan: debut:1,6 million; 2nd album: 300K
Beverly Craven: debut album 700K, 2nd album 100K
Dina Carroll: debut > 1 million, 2nd album 300K
Corinne Bailey Rae: debut ca. 1 million, 2nd album 100K
Tanita Tikaram: debut >600K, 2nd album:100K
Natalie Imbruglia: debut 1,1 million, ; 2nd album: 100K
KT Tunstall: debut: 1,6 million ; 2nd album: 200K
Pixie Lott: debut: nearly 900k; 2nd album: 100K
Alexandra Burke: debut: 800K ; 2nd album: nada

the saddest bit is that it mostly affects UK female solo singers :/


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post Apr 7 2021, 09:50 PM
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'White lililes Island' was a great album and although it was commercial suicide I loved "That Day" as a comeback single. Completely brave choice which didn't pay off.
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post Apr 8 2021, 01:44 AM
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I prefer white lilies island to her debut.
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post Apr 8 2021, 02:07 AM
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I'll never forget the weird stratergy they did with Natasha Bedingfield's second album. They basically released two different albums as her second album, one in the US/Canada and a different one internationally. If they took the best tracks from both albums and put it into one album and used some of the leftover tracks for a deluxe verison she would've done much better. "Pocketful of Sunshine" not being released as a single in the UK is criminal. It would've been a big hit and carried the album. sad.gif

Duffy's situation is really tragic though and I don't think she really deserves to be listed here considering what happened to her is likely the reason the second album campaign was cut so short and she hasn't released an album since. I hope when she releases her third album, which I hope is sometime this year, she'll have somewhat of a mini-comeback/successful album campaign.
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post Apr 8 2021, 07:50 AM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Apr 7 2021, 11:45 AM) *
No clue, but shipments vs real sales maybe?


I realise they're based on shipments but that's a big discrepancy.


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post Apr 8 2021, 08:07 AM
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QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Apr 7 2021, 02:29 PM) *
This one is particularly unjust as Mistaken Identity is a much better album. sad.gif


I really was shocked and disappointed when the chart came in and it was that low. I don’t get how she fell out of favour all of a sudden because the quality of that album was incredibly high and the lead single did well enough not to suggest an album flop was coming. Almost Here also went top three but it didn’t really help the album much.


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post Apr 8 2021, 08:09 AM
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QUOTE(Rooney @ Apr 7 2021, 01:37 PM) *
Duffy was a mad one, I remember when she was bigger and Adele. I know some stuff has come to light recently about what happened to her which may have had some impact. I can't help but feel that the Diet Coke advert had a massive impact on her second album. I don't think her lead single helped but the advert definitely did not help.


Duffy’s second album was really really good, of course the lead single was poorly chosen but radio shouldn’t have written her off straight away.... she’s really talented and deserved long time success... hopefully she can return soon and release some electro disco music, totally suits her voice...
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post Apr 8 2021, 08:17 AM
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its unfair to brand Mika as a one album wonder, he has since then released many successful albums & singles internationally especially in France and Italy where he’s huge, and also in many parts of the world....
same goes for Natasha Bedingfield whose second US album Pocketful of sunshine reached the top 3 in the US album charts ... Ace of base also continued their international success for many years after Happy Nation...


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post Apr 8 2021, 09:00 AM
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ Apr 8 2021, 09:07 AM) *
I really was shocked and disappointed when the chart came in and it was that low. I don’t get how she fell out of favour all of a sudden because the quality of that album was incredibly high and the lead single did well enough not to suggest an album flop was coming. Almost Here also went top three but it didn’t really help the album much.


Shoulda released 'Last Night on Earth' and 'Electric Storm'!

Did the whole Brian McFadden thing taint her reputation in the UK? I always thought that contributed to it.
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post Apr 8 2021, 09:03 AM
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ Apr 8 2021, 09:07 AM) *
I really was shocked and disappointed when the chart came in and it was that low. I don’t get how she fell out of favour all of a sudden because the quality of that album was incredibly high and the lead single did well enough not to suggest an album flop was coming. Almost Here also went top three but it didn’t really help the album much.


I think the UK press were giving her quite a rough time of it given her relationship with Brian which didn't help. Almost Here seemed to be used to push Brian's album only which was a huge miss for her.

Out of the Blue was also a very underwhelming lead single and the album just got lost in the Q4 rush.
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post Apr 8 2021, 10:22 AM
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QUOTE(Dark Horse @ Apr 8 2021, 10:17 AM) *
its unfair to brand Mika as a one album wonder, he has since then released many successful albums & singles internationally especially in France and Italy where he’s huge, and also in many parts of the world....
same goes for Natasha Bedingfield whose second US album Pocketful of sunshine reached the top 3 in the US album charts ... Ace of base also continued their international success for many years after Happy Nation...


this is of course an article about the UK charts, not the worldwide charts

also it's a one "hit" album wonder, Mika went from nearly 6 times Platinum (1.7 million) to Gold (100K) with album 2
so sadly he does fit
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post Apr 8 2021, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE(AcerBen @ Apr 8 2021, 07:50 AM) *
I realise they're based on shipments but that's a big discrepancy.


Could it be that they were only referring to sales that happened after OCC took over in 1994? Otherwise the bargain bins must've been full with those 290k unsold that stores had...

Re: SEB, you could argue she actually recovered from her downward spiral with Wanderlust.
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post Apr 11 2021, 09:25 PM
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I would have thought the most obvious one to put on the list is the Sex Pistols.
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Strange to include artists whose second albums sold over 200k and almost got certified Platinum as "one hit album wonders", especially given that these all (Duffy, Mika, Jessie J) would basically be a year end top 5 album in today's sales climate.

I understand the OCC's intentions here but calling them "one hit album wonders" based on this criteria doesn't quite feel right.
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Mika

Nobody had ever seen a popstar like Mika before when he brought a splash of joy and colour to the charts with his debut major release Grace Kelly. After topping the BBC's The Sound Of poll, Mika looked unstoppable, and his eagerly anticipated debut album Life In Cartoon Motion went straight in at Number 1. Spending an impressive 32 weeks in the Top 10 and spawning four Top 10 singles, Live In Cartoon Motion has sold a whopping 1.66 million copies.


Imagine if album sales were still as healthy...Harry Styles, Dua Lipa and few others would have been at this level of sales as well!!!
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post Apr 12 2021, 09:32 AM
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QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Apr 8 2021, 10:00 AM) *
Shoulda released 'Last Night on Earth' and 'Electric Storm'!

Did the whole Brian McFadden thing taint her reputation in the UK? I always thought that contributed to it.


Yes I would agree they were among the best songs, although maybe she found them too dark to release as singles. She released the title track as a single in Australia and it peaked at No.7, breaking a long string of No.1s, so I'm not so sure the public there or here would have taken to them.

Yes it definitely did, although I can't remember what time it became public knowledge they were dating. I guess it certainly thwarted any recovery of the album at least.

QUOTE(Rob @ Apr 8 2021, 10:03 AM) *
I think the UK press were giving her quite a rough time of it given her relationship with Brian which didn't help. Almost Here seemed to be used to push Brian's album only which was a huge miss for her.

Out of the Blue was also a very underwhelming lead single and the album just got lost in the Q4 rush.


Yes the Xmas rush timing was unfortunate. Had it been an early 2005 release it would have peaked a lot higher, although possibly sold less by not picking up Xmas shopping casual sales. A difficult album to market perhaps because all of the best songs are the darker ones, which maybe wouldn't have been a recipe for commercial success.

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As an aside, I agree with others that Mika's quality has really never dipped, I guess it's just that his theatrical pop 'sound' hasn't really changed and it was only in vogue in the UK for a year or two, where we seem to go in and out of trends faster than mainland Europe.

Natasha Bedingfield's second album was just so poorly handled in the UK. The first two singles did well enough (although I'd have swapped them around, Babies was a bit of a career killer albeit very catchy) but it felt like a real mess of a campaign. How Pocketful Of Sunshine never got a UK push is beyond me - I think I'd have just released the US album with its extra tracks here, including a major push for that single, and cut my losses with N.B.

Also, Sophie E-B's second album was thwarted I guess by a busy time of year and a poorly received lead single. I wouldn't call her a one-album wonder seeing as she's so prolific 20 years later, yes she only had one big selling album but she's well loved and still getting top tens now.
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