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post Aug 1 2016, 09:38 PM
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It's a position most pop stars would give their eye-teeth to be in, but for some acts, having a huge-selling album can be a bit of a burden. Oh, sure, you've been in the Official Albums Chart for 170 weeks and copies are flying off the shelves (remember shelves?), but in the back of their minds plays the mantra: "How do I follow this one?!"

For some stars, chucking out another smash hasn't been a problem at all, but some hit albums are so unique, such a one-off, successive releases can't help but be eclipsed by them.

We look back who scored massive albums that, so far, they haven't been able to match.

Duffy

Sometimes all it takes is a killer first single to really sell an album, and Duffy's Mercy took the charts by storm upon release in 2008. There was a feeling its parent album could be big, but few could have predicted just how huge Duffy's debut Rockferry would be. The album, which featured the writing and production talents of Bernard Butler, of Suede and McAlmont and Butler fame, was Number 1 for five weeks and sold over 2.2 million copies. It scored the Welsh star three BRIT Awards and a Grammy too.

All eyes were on follow-up Endlessly, which came along in 2008. Sadly, its lead single Well Well Well didn't have the same impact as Mercy, and a change in team meant that the sound hadn't been what fans had been expecting. The album reached Number 9 in the charts, but sold significantly less than its predecessor – 200,000 copies.

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 incredible 32 weeks in the Top 10 and spawning four Top 10 singles, Live In Cartoon Motion has sold a whopping 1.66 million copies.

We had to wait two and half years for the follow-up, The Boy Who Knew Too Much – perhaps it was too long a wait for some. Its lead single We Are Golden hit Number 4, and the album did the same, selling 212,000 copies to date.

Mia hasn't given up, though – he's since scored two more Top 40 albums, The Origin Of Love (2012) and No Place In Heaven (2015).

Lauryn Hill

There are some bands where you can instantly spot a future star in the making, Fugees' Lauryn Hill certainly fit the bill. After two Number 1s with Fugees, including the million-selling Killing Me Softly from 1996, Lauryn went it alone. In 1998, she released her solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, to the delight of fans and critics, led by infectious toe-tapper Doo Wop (That Thing). The album didn't reach Number 1, but it did sell over a million copies, and everyone could hardly wait to see what she'd do next. And we're still waiting. Seriously.

There was an Unplugged album released from MTV sessions in 2002, but when it comes to a studio album of new material, Lauryn's not coming up with the goods. She has been concentrating on her family and has done some touring and contributed to soundtracks. Oh, and she went to prison for a while in 2013 for tax evasion, so it's not like she hasn't been busy.

Wilson Phillips

This American trio's first single Hold On was a worldwide smash in 1990, and their self-titled debut album went Top 10 and sold a reasonable 300,000 copies in the UK. But when you have a song as strong as Hold On, following it up is never going to be easy. While sophomore album Shadows And Light actually outpeaked its predecessor by one place, hitting Number 6, it lasted a mere four weeks in the Top 40, compared with the debut's 21 weeks. Wilson Phillips haven't had a charting album here since.

Terence Trent D'Arby

He had the looks, the voice and the moves, and in 1987, Terence Trent D'Arby had the world at his feet. Featuring three huge Top 10s, his debut album, the snappily titled Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby was a huge success. The LP spent 45 weeks in the Official Albums Chart Top 40, with 23 of those in the Top 10 alone, and nine of those at Number 1.

Such was Terence's world domination, you could be forgiven for thinking that subsequent releases would do just as well, but for whatever reason, later material didn't connect. Album number two, Neither Fish Nor Flesh, reached Number 12 and spent just three weeks in the Top 40 in 1989. 1993's third effort Symphony Or Damn did spend a week in the Top 10 and 1995's Vibrator just missed out – landing at Number 11.

Daniel Bedingfield

In 2001, Daniel Bedingfield appeared form nowhere with Gotta Get Thru This, a song he'd recorded in his bedroom. You could forgive pop cynics for thinking that would be that, but after another single, he finally found his groove with big ballad If You're Not The One, which helped propel his debut album, also called Gotta Get Thru This, to the Top 10. Then another ballad Never Leave Your Side gave him a third chart-topping single and before you know it, five singles in, the album is peaking at Number 2, thwarted only by Beyoncé's debut Dangerously In Love.

Gotta Get Thru This spent 65 weeks in the Top 40, of which 17 were in the Top 10, selling 1.63 million copies.

The follow-up, Second First Impression, entered and peaked at Number 8, spending just a week in the Top 10 and sold 275,000.

Natasha Bedingfield

Let's skip along to another branch of the Bedingfield family tree, shall we, to Daniel's sister Natasha. Unlike big bro, Natasha's debut single didn't peak at Number 1 – but her album did. Unwritten went straight in at the top in September 2004, staying there one week and notching up a total of 32 weeks in the Top 40. It sold over a million copies.

Things didn't quite pan out the same way for its successor, NB. Preceded by single I Wanna Have Your Babies, NB entered at Number 9, but had vacated the Top 40 within a fortnight. It did pop back later, for five more weeks, but after that… gone.

Ting Tings

Bouncing onto the pop scene with catchy major debut single That's Not My Name, Ting Tings soon had a hit on their hands with their first album. We Started Nothing certainly started something, going straight in at the top in 2008 and spending 23 weeks in the Top 40, but sometimes you need to follow a hit quickly. Ting Tings waited four years before releasing their sophomore effort Sounds From Nowheresville, which managed just a week in the Top 40 – peaking at Number 23 – before it disappeared completely.


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Poor Duffy, Natasha, & Mika. sad.gif I get the feeling Emeli Sande may join this list if she doesn't hurry up soon.
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post Aug 1 2016, 09:44 PM
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Duffy, Mika and the Bedingfield's second albums may not have set the world alight but most artists these days would kill for those album sales. Heck, they'd all be top 10 YTD this year.
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post Aug 1 2016, 10:10 PM
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Loved Duffy!!
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I still LOVE Daniel Bedingfields 2nd album, so underrated.
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post Aug 1 2016, 10:15 PM
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QUOTE(Ne Plus Ultra @ Aug 1 2016, 10:38 PM) *
Poor Duffy, Natasha, & Mika. sad.gif I get the feeling Emeli Sande may join this list if she doesn't hurry up soon.

Emeli Sande is definitely overdue a new album.

The same is true of Bruno Mars in my opinion too.
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post Aug 1 2016, 10:36 PM
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Sometimes all it takes is a killer first single to really sell an album, and Duffy's Mercy took the charts by storm upon release in 2008.


Mercy was her second single. Rockferry was the first (although not promoted nearly as much as Mercy).
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post Aug 2 2016, 08:16 AM
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QUOTE(paulgilb @ Aug 1 2016, 11:36 PM) *
Mercy was her second single. Rockferry was the first (although not promoted nearly as much as Mercy).


I always thought rockferry was a buzz/ promo single and didn't she re release it as a single later
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post Aug 2 2016, 08:34 AM
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Aug 2 2016, 12:15 AM) *
Emeli Sande is definitely overdue a new album.

The same is true of Bruno Mars in my opinion too.


Bruno Mars? He has already had 2 hit albums so he's not gonna be a one-abum hit wonder
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QUOTE(777666jason @ Aug 2 2016, 09:16 AM) *
I always thought rockferry was a buzz/ promo single and didn't she re release it as a single later


That wasn't really a term back then. I thought it only got invented to cover Gaga's arse if she flopped.

I remember Edith Bowman playing Rockferry in 2007 and Duffy intrigued me. It then got quite regular AirPlay until early 2008 when, as always, focus goes on new artists and Mercy being the next single, it got played to death.

I love Duffy. Unpopular opinion: I still prefer her to Adele.
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I think Rockferry the single was a "soft release", a first single released to generate interest but not properly pushed
A bit like Ellie Goulding Under the Sheets

Not sure why put Wilson Phillips in the list
Their debut was far from a megaseller
Sure they could find better examples
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post Aug 2 2016, 12:12 PM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Aug 2 2016, 09:34 AM) *
Bruno Mars? He has already had 2 hit albums so he's not gonna be a one-abum hit wonder


I think (s)he just meant Bruno is long overdue a new albun
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ah ok
but this is the one album hit wonders thread ;D
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post Aug 2 2016, 01:47 PM
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Alexandra Burke should be on this list.
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I have no doubt that Emeli Sande will join that list.
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QUOTE(Joe. @ Aug 2 2016, 02:57 PM) *
I have no doubt that Emeli Sande will join that list.


A while ago I thought she had the potential to make an 'Ed Sheeran sized-comeback' but that is starting to dwindle.

Sam Smith potentially.
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It really has been a long time for Emeli. Its the Olympics now, and the last time we saw her flying high was the last Olympics. And even that was off the back of the final song she released from her album.

Wonder if she decided to go in one direction then switched. She was recently featured on a dance song on Netsky's new album and she had songs with Guetta and Jess Glynne last year - although the latter hasn't yet seen the light of day as a single.
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Duffy's first album was quite good. At the time she was more popular than Adele. Then she released a turkey of a single to promote the second album, sacked her manager (the wonderful Jeanette Lee, formerly of Public Image Ltd and a co-owner of Rough Trade records) and it all went downhill after that.
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With Emeli Sande its all or nothing, i believe her next album will either be huge of a flop, no middle ground.
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QUOTE(pippa @ Aug 2 2016, 05:01 PM) *
With Emeli Sande its all or nothing, i believe her next album will either be huge of a flop, no middle ground.

I agree, I think the lead single will be crucial to determining her success. I hope she does well because I adore her debut album. Would be nice to hear some more upbeat stuff too.

I'm worried about what's to come for Sam Smith. I feel like he's exhausted all he wanted to say in his music with his debut, which did make for a fantastic debut, but I fear that will mean there's nothing else to talk about in his next album. Mind you, that was a potential problem for Adele in regards to following up 21, but she managed to sing about new things as well as touching on and expanding themes of her last album.
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QUOTE(pippa @ Aug 2 2016, 05:01 PM) *
With Emeli Sande its all or nothing, i believe her next album will either be huge of a flop, no middle ground.
I think she's waited far too long to follow up her debut album. She's going to find it hard to make a success of her next album as she's lost all momentum.
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