Monday, January 05, 2009

The 20 Biggest Pop Music Flops of 2008 (According to Metromix)

The biggest music stars don't always have the biggest-selling albums... sometimes their big-budget releases crash with a resounding thud. And much-hyped indie darlings can lay an egg, too. The folks at Metromix crunch the numbers and look at the 20 biggest disappointments in pop music albums of 2008.

Note: this list is based on the actual sales versus the expectations for the releases, so inclusion on this list doesn't mean that the albums don't have artistic merit. Some of these may be well-regarded albums that just happened to bomb out in the marketplace. I thought R.E.M.'s Accelerate was rather good, but it's on this list for its disappointing sales figures.

It's an eclectic list, to be sure: This may be the only music list where you'll see Guns N' Roses, the Pussycat Dolls, and Buck Cherry on the same list.

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