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post Sep 16 2014, 10:03 PM
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Before Blurred Lines became the biggest selling and most controversial single of last year, Robin Thicke didn’t really sell that many records in the UK. Last week's release of Paula, a “concept album” in which he tries to win back his estranged wife, swiftly propelled him back into sales obscurity, shifting a meagre 530 copies in its first week in the UK. Thicke is not the first artist to experience such a dramatic fall from grace, so perhaps he can take some comfort from the list below and know that – apart from in his marriage, of course – he is not alone after all.

Mariah Carey – Glitter (2001)

Total UK sales = 55,080

At the time of release, Carey was the biggest solo artist in the world, so an album tied into a film in which she starred was, on paper at least, a banker. Unfortunately, the film was one of the biggest turkeys ever, and sales-wise the album tanked. For her eighth album, Carey left Sony, the label that had nurtured her into multimillion sales in the 1990s, and went to Virgin, a move no doubt helped by a five-album deal estimated at $80m. Glitter came out on September 11, which has retrospectively been used to justify why it sold so badly, but the relationship with Virgin was problematic and strained from the beginning, and five months later the label reportedly paid her $28m to sever the contract. In 2002 she signed to Island and released Charmbracelet which set her back on the road to sales recovery. Her next album, 2005’s The Emancipation of Mimi, sold 12m copies globally, her most successful album in a decade.


Duffy – Endlessly (2010)

Total UK sales = 203,234

Most acts today would kill to sell 200,000 albums, but it’s the scale of the drop that is significant here. Rockferry, Duffy's debut album in 2008, sold 2.2m. Things were initially rosy. She came second in the BBC’s Sound Of 2008, just behind Adele, but soon left her English rival choking on her sales dust as Rockferry cornered the market for faux-60s albums about heartache. But things changed radically when both artists released their second albums, just two months apart. Duffy’s album withered like a balloon, as 21 set its sights on world domination, selling over 30m copies globally. Duffy’s prospects for further success were not helped when, during the making of her second album, she sacked her manager Jeannette Lee and binned key songwriters like Bernard Butler.


Guns N' Roses – Chinese Democracy (2008)

Total UK sales = 365,899

Much like in Duffy's case, Guns N' Roses' sales of Chinese Democracy were the kind that an average band in 2014 would welcome, but the problem with this release was how much money it had taken to create it in the 17 years since GNR had last released original material (1991’s indulgent Use Your Illusion I and II). The studio spend has been estimated at $13m, so the album was never going to recoup. All original members of the band had long been eviscerated as singer Axl Rose became the all-powerful Kim Jong-il of hair metal. Replacement members joined and left with rapidity, while the album seemingly came no closer to completion. The band sporadically played shows to road-test material, but soon retreated to their studio bunker, hinting at release dates and then cancelling them. In the time they had been locked away, grunge, Britpop, nu-metal, drum'n'bass, speed garage, grime and TV talent-show pop had all come and (for the most part) gone, meaning the “most dangerous band in the world” had become the most unheeded band in the world.


Mick Jagger – Goddess in the Doorway (2001)

Total UK sales = 80,778

Released at a time when the public were barely interested in a new Rolling Stones album, Mick's fourth solo venture was a classic case of hubris (yes, amazingly he was allowed to make four). The warning signs were there from the start, when collaborators such as Lenny Kravitz and the guy from Matchbox Twenty got involved, and the situation was further compounded by Bono and Pete Townshend sticking their oars in. In his autobiography Life, Keith Richards compares the album to Mein Kampf: "Everyone had it, but no one read it." Sadly, Goddess in the Doorway didn't even scrape into the UK top 40. Jagger finally realised who was buttering his bread and threw his efforts into new Stones compilations and tours and – aside from the indulgences of the SuperHeavy “project” – a solo life for Jagger seems, thankfully, on ice.


Glasvegas – Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\ (2011)

UK sales to date = 30,417

Their self-titled 2008 debut album sold more than 300,000 copies, reached No 2 in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury prize. But with so much hype surrounding them, after a gap of three years and overthinking concepts, the public had moved on. Aware that their schtick – essentially Rab C Nesbitt at a Fonzie fancy dress party – would wear thin very quickly, they opted for a “change in direction”. This meant original drummer Caroline McKay, uniforms of black and their moody Jesus & Mary Chain guitars were all out, and synths and white jeans were in. Lead singer James Allan eventually went public on the issues that dogged the album, which was made in sunny Santa Monica, California, blaming megalomania powered by cocaine and a breakdown while on tour with Kings of Leon. Columbia dropped them and last year’s Later...When the TV Turns to Static (a miserable 6,248 sales to date) did nothing to stop the rot.


http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog...roses-glasvegas

Poor Mariah and Duffy. Both albums were pretty good.
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post Sep 16 2014, 10:10 PM
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Glasvegas where'd they ever go?!
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post Sep 16 2014, 10:18 PM
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QUOTE(steve201 @ Sep 16 2014, 11:10 PM) *
Glasvegas where'd they ever go?!

According to that article, they went to Santa Monica and took lots of cocaine. Typical rock cliche, in other words.
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post Sep 16 2014, 10:19 PM
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Wonder what Duffy's doing now?
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post Sep 16 2014, 10:22 PM
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Duffy's second album was painful, I barely took Rockferry out of my CD player for most of 2008 but what a comedown sad.gif

Last I heard she had a baby!
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post Sep 16 2014, 10:31 PM
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Duffy seems to be one of many artists supposedly "working on a new studio album", even though it's what they claim to be doing every year and yet we hear no news of any new tracks.
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post Sep 16 2014, 11:02 PM
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QUOTE(Simon. @ Sep 16 2014, 11:19 PM) *
Wonder what Duffy's doing now?


I thought she threw a strop after her second album didn't meet commercial expectations and took an indefinite hiatus? laugh.gif

She did burn down her flat since then as well, bless her.
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post Sep 17 2014, 07:41 AM
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I thought Duffy's second album was very good actually.
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post Sep 17 2014, 09:40 AM
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Rockferry was painful too.
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post Sep 17 2014, 09:48 AM
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yeah last I heard Duffy hung up the microphone for good, after the sheer disappointment of the second era bombing so much in comparison to the first.
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post Sep 17 2014, 10:50 AM
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Well I doubt she needs the money, she must still be living off Rockferry.
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post Sep 17 2014, 03:02 PM
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QUOTE(mr_aly @ Sep 17 2014, 12:02 AM) *
I thought she threw a strop after her second album didn't meet commercial expectations and took an indefinite hiatus? laugh.gif

She did burn down her flat since then as well, bless her.


Accidentally or deliberately? smile.gif
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post Sep 17 2014, 03:59 PM
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Duffy hasn't had a baby I don't think. She is currently acting I think but I can't remember. In theatre I think and probably Welsh language at that. I'm sure when she feels like it she will return to music with an even lower key album than her last one. She was never one for being the star though but I do want more music from her. Endlessly was no Rockferry but it's nowhere near as bad as most claim. Still prefer her over Adele.
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post Sep 17 2014, 05:31 PM
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Following the release of Endlessly it was confirmed that no more singles would be released from the album and in February 2011, it was announced that Duffy would take a two-year break from music before beginning work on her third album.


That was 3 years ago :S
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QUOTE(Neil. S @ Sep 17 2014, 06:31 PM) *
That was 3 years ago :S


And she has been working on music. Anyone who follows her sporadic tweeting knows that.
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