There's been plenty of smash albums this year. Pharrell cashed in on last summer's "Happy" with his breakout sophomore effort this year.
First-week sales: 24,000
Why it bombed: An album dedicated to your estranged wife sounds like a promising idea. Except when the record turns out to be a creepy, hastily crafted mea culpa like this one. From begging for his actress wife to take him back during every performance to teaming with
"Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse"
First-week sales: 58,000
Why it bombed: Mariah has delivered indelible pop hits for more than 20 years, but the rollout for her latest album was nothing short of disastrous. She spent two years teasing the project with mediocre singles ("Triumphant [Get 'Em]," "You're Mine [Eternal]") and countless delays. That mouthful of an album title didn't help either.
First-week sales: 19,000
Why it bombed: One of "
First-week sales: 33,000
Why it bombed: Lopez, like Carey, found out just how tough it is for veteran pop divas these days. Her latest album — packed with the pop, hip-hop and dance tunes you'd expect of her — showcased a more vocally confident singer. It still wasn't enough to win over the critics — or listeners, who had long written off "Jenny From the Block."
First-week sales: 62,171
Why it bombed: By the time this Broadway-favorite-turned-TV-star issued her long-anticipated debut,
First-week sales: 47,000
Why it bombed: Fifty's business ventures have proved more compelling than anything he's recorded as of late. Aside from his core fan base, who even knew he had an album out?
"Count on My Love"
First-week sales: 7,000
Why it bombed: Winning
First-week sales: 28,000
Why it bombed: The album's first single came out in 2011. Was the wait worth it? Absolutely not. "Braveheart" is an expired set of forgettable club stompers and tired ballads that lacked the sass and inspiration of her earlier work.
Mary J. Blige
"Think Like A Man Too"
First-week sales: 8,688
Why it bombed: An original album that served as a soundtrack? Great. Except Blige's music barely had a presence in the actual film, so it served no purpose. Besides, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul should never play second fiddle to a predictable rom-com.
"The Secret EP"
First-week sales: 46,000