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Brent M Faulkner Brent M Faulkner
August 3rd, 2014 8:00am EDT
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“You win some, you lose some.”  The ten musicians on this particular list have lost some serious games – actually, they’ve lost some serious album sales.  What’s most shocking are some of the big names on this list who have to take that 'walk of shame' following an underachieving album. SMH!  


1) Mariah Carey, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse (Def Jam)

Mariah Carey - Me, I Am Mariah

‘Epic fail’ is the best way to describe the tepid performance of Mariah Carey’s awkwardly titled Me. I Am Mariah.  After selling just 58,000 copies its first week, Me has safely secured the title of worst selling album of Carey’s incredibly successful career.  It’s doubtful Mimi is hurting for the ‘paper,’ but divas are expected to sell. 

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2) Jennifer Lopez, A.K.A. (Capitol)

 Jennifer Lopez, A.K.A. © Capitol

J. Lo may have objectified men on single “I Luh Ya Papi,” but it did little to stimulate her music career.  A.K.A. only sold 33,000 copies its first week, which was remarkably good enough to land at #8 on the Billboard 200.  In its sixth week on the charts, A.K.A. sat at #191 – sheesh!


3) 50 Cent, Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win (G Unit)

 50 Cent, Animal Ambition © G-Unit Records

Maybe 50 Cent does have some sort of ‘animalistic ambition,’ but it’s hard to exhibit such ambition during a five-year hiatus.  Independent albums are rarely ‘cash cows,’ but one would expect a big name like 50 Cent to move more than 47,000 copies.  That 47K is a far cry from past numbers when 50 Cent was on top, including surpassing the million- mark during an abbreviated release for The Massacre (2005).


4) Robin Thicke, Paula (Interscope)

Robin Thicke, Paula © Interscope

Honestly, did anyone think that Robin Thicke’s Paula could be anything other than a flop? In 2013, predicting Thicke’s next album to be a flop would’ve been bold given the success of Blurred Lines.  But 2014 hasn’t been kind to the blue-eyed soul singer and frankly, Paula sucked in more ways than just its sales.

5) Hunter Hayes, Storyline (Atlantic)

Hunter Hayes, Storyline © Atlantic

Hunter Hayes got off to a respectable start with his sophomore album Storyline.  The self-proclaimed geeky country heartthrob sold 69,000 copies his first week, good for a #3 bow.  But since then, the hope for enduring, consistent success has been pretty “Invisible” for Hayes, who hasn’t had the same lot as his country colleagues Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, or Miranda Lambert.   

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