Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Panther, Oct 21, 2021.
The last Boston album Life, Love & Hope sold less than 20,000 copies.
I always assumed it was related to him coming out.
Apparently the album that took its place as the worst-selling album in Warner/Reprise history was Chris Isaak's 1985 debut Silvertone. It wasn't until the belated success of "Wicked Game" that Isaak became even a halfway-decent-selling artist.
Despite whatever stories the artists tell, I find it hard to believe that Richard Thompson or Chris Isaak sold fewer copies than, say, Hirth Martinez or Chunky, Novi & Ernie.
You and Jenn Wenner make two. Unless...you are Jenn Wenner!
Robin Thicke, shortly after having one of the biggest hits of the year, managed to sell under 54 copies of his album in Australia, and 530 in the UK. He did shift 24,000 in the United States, but it's probably the most famous album flop of the 21st century to date.
wasn't a huge fan of the album, but Dark Horse was universally panned and undersold for what was anticipated, along with a concert tour that was universally panned
i never understood this pile on the rabbit...
One of my very favorite Bob albums of the last 30 years!!!
And, IIRC, the first Bob album on Columbia not to get a US vinyl release?
That's when I knew he was right and the "World (had) Gone Wrong"!!!
Crosby Stills & Nash's After The Storm sold only 200,000 copies, which means that even American Dream and Daylight Again sold about 10 times as much.
Just so people are clear, I (the OP) am not looking for things like John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band (didn't go to #1, but still a huge seller overall) or Elton John in the 1980s (regularly charting in the top 20 with nearly all releases).
I mean, maybe Elton John's Leather Jackets, in the USA (peak of #91), would qualify.
Oh, and I did want to ask about George Harrison's Dark Horse LP. The record charted at a healthy #4 in the United States, but tanked in a lot of other territories (#47 Australia, #42 Canada). Even given the lack of a major hit single (unlike his two previous albums), that really surprises me. You'd think on the strength of his name-brand alone, after his huge 1970-1973 period, that any new album would graze the top-20 at least.
But in the UK, I believe this album didn't even chart...? How is that even possible?
The Passengers (U2) album, despite a hit single (Miss Sarajevo). I wish they would re-release it as a special edition under the U2 + Brian Eno.
Did this sell less than the Nick Drake albums.
I think Neil Young’s “Old Ways” album was his worst selling album during the first 20 years of his career?
Peak was 75 on Billboard 200 and 24 on Billboard Country.
I had to look this up as well --the one previous and the one after charted, but this didn't --that is strange.
How about Gone Troppo --108 in the US,98 in Canada, not charted in the UK.
It did indeed sell poorly considering its pedigree.
No hit single to boost sales was a factor I suppose but more so I don't think the masses were prepared for it.
Paul McCartney - Driving Rain got to # 46 on the UK album chart
Paul Simon “Hearts and Bones” (1983) was a noteworthy commercial failure. Many people thought that his career was on the rocks.
But a few years later……
I really like that album. It would have been even better as an S&G album, as originally intended.
It got what it deserved.
Gone Troppo was definitely the best example for this topic! Many people referred to it as “Gone Floppo.” I was happy when “Cloud 9” revitalized his career
Great album as is nevertheless.
That recent Shania Twain comeback album.
Santana had a number of poorly selling records in the 80s and 90s prior to the mega success of “Supernatural.”
His two prior records: “Milagro” (1992) stalled at #200. His live album “Sacred Fire” (1993) only made it to #181.
Most Ringo Starr albums post 1975.
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