Albums by WELL-KNOWN artists that sold incredibly poorly

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  1. bRETT

    bRETT Senior Member

    Boston MA
    The last Boston album Life, Love & Hope sold less than 20,000 copies.
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  2. numer9

    numer9 Beatles Apologist

    Philly Burbs
    I always assumed it was related to him coming out.
  3. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    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.
  4. bRETT

    bRETT Senior Member

    Boston MA

    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.
  5. Invisible Man

    Invisible Man Forum Resident

    Lemon Grove
    You and Jenn Wenner make two. are Jenn Wenner! :idea:
  6. katieinthecoconut

    katieinthecoconut Forum Resident

    United Kingdom
    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.
  7. 7solqs4iago

    7solqs4iago Forum Resident

    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...
  8. WHMusical

    WHMusical Chameleon Comedian Corinthian & Caricature

    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"!!!
  9. 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.
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  10. Panther

    Panther Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tokyo, Japan
    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.
  11. Panther

    Panther Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Tokyo, Japan
    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?
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  12. Son of Ziggy

    Son of Ziggy Forum Resident

    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.
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  13. flaxton

    flaxton Forum Resident

    Did this sell less than the Nick Drake albums.
  14. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    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.
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  15. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    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.
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  16. 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.
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  17. Dunedin

    Dunedin Forum Resident

    Paul McCartney - Driving Rain got to # 46 on the UK album chart
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  18. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    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……
  19. Sidewinder43

    Sidewinder43 Forum Resident

    Lavaca County, TX
    I really like that album. It would have been even better as an S&G album, as originally intended.
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  20. It got what it deserved.
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  21. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    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
  22. Great album as is nevertheless.
  23. INSW

    INSW Forum Resident

    That recent Shania Twain comeback album.
  24. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    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.
  25. Haristar

    Haristar Apollo C. Vermouth

    Hampshire, UK
    Most Ringo Starr albums post 1975.

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