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  • Richard LeBeau
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    As I was listening to Alanis Morissette’s underrated gem “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” I got thinking about what follow-up albums to megahits showed the biggest decline in sales and whether the time that lapsed in between affects this.  Some interesting ones I have found by decade are listed below.  I’m interested in people’s comments and additions.  (Please note, I am only counting follow-up studio albums; I am not counting greatest hits collections, live records, holiday records, or EPs).   

    70s:
    Boston
    Boston (1976) = 17x platinum
    Don’t Look Back (1978) = 7x platinum
    58% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Fleetwood Mac
    Rumours (1977) = 19x platinum
    Tusk (1979) = 2x platinum
    90% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Carole King
    Tapestry (1971) = 10x platinum
    Music (1971) = 1x platinum
    90% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Pink Floyd 
    The Wall (1979) = 23x platinum
    The Final Cut (1983) = 2x platinum
    91% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    80s:
    Whitney Houston
    Whitney (1987) = 9x platinum
    I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990) = 4x platinum
    55% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Michael Jackson
    Thriller (1982) = 29x platinum
    Bad (1987) = 8x platinum
    72% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    George Michael
    Faith (1987) = 10x platinum
    Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 (1990) = 2x platinum
    80% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    90s:
    Ace of Base
    The Sign (1993) = 10x platinum
    The Bridge (1995) = 1x platinum
    90% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Christina Aguilera
    Christina Aguilera (1999) = 9,140,000
    Stripped (2001) = 4,230,000
    54% decline (Note = a Spanish album and a holiday album were released in between)

    Backstreet Boys
    Milennium (1999) = 12,119,000
    Black and Blue (2000) = 5,422,000
    55% decline

    Billy Ray Cyrus 
    Some Gave All (1993) = 9x platinum
    It Won’t be the Last (1993) = 1x platinum
    89% decline (Note = Soundscan figures not available)

    Celine Dion
    Let’s Talk About Love (1997) = 9,465,000
    A New Day Has Come (2003) = 3,307,000
    65% decline (Note = An 8 million selling Greatest Hits album and a 5 million selling Holiday album were released in between)

    Hootie & The Blowfish
    Cracked Rear View (1994) = 16x platinum
    Fairweather Johnson (1996) = 3x platinum
    81% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Whitney Houston
    The Bodyguard (1992) = 12,000,000
    The Preacher’s Wife (1996) = 2,491,000
    79% decline (Note = If you excluse soundtracks and contrast 1990’s I’m Your Baby Tonight with 1998’s My Love is Your Love you have no notable decline – both are 4x platinum)

    Metallica 
    Metallica (1991) = 15x platinum
    Load (1996) = 5x platinum
    67% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Alanis Morissette
    Jagged Little Pill (1995) = 14,727,000
    Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998) = 2,604,000
    82% decline

    Santana
    Supernatural (1999) = 10x platinum
    Shaman (2002) = 2x platinum
    80% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Shania Twain 
    Come on Over (1997) = 15,500,000 
    Up! (2002) = 5,500,000
    65% decline (Note = Up! is listed as 11x platinum but that is because the Soundscan rules at the time allowed her “double disc,” which was not really a double disc but alternate versions of the same songs, double count)

    00s: 
    Mariah Carey
    The Emancipation of Mimi (2005) = 5,964,000
    E=MC2 (2008) = 1,300,000 
    78% decline 

    Kelly Clarson
    Breakaway (2004) = 6,220,000
    My December (2007) = 829,000
    87% decline

    Creed

    Weathered (2001) = 6,400,000
    Full Circle (2009) = 400,000
    94% decline

    Norah Jones

    Come Away With Me (2002) = 10,760,000
    Feels Like Home (2004) = 5,000,000
    53% decline

    N Sync
    No Strings Attached (2000) = 11x platinum
    Celebrity (2001) = 5x platinum
    55% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Britney Spears
    Oops I Did It Again (2000) = 10,411,000
    Britney (2001) = 4,943,000
    53% decline

    Usher
    Confessions (2004) = 9,996,000
    Here I Stand (2008) = 1,500,000
    85% decline
     

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    PoweR
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    This is very interesting. This seems to happen when someone has a huge album. Someone like Rihanna doesn’t have to worry about such a drop because she’s not as strong of a seller.

    I guess it’s a normal thing.

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    Boidiva02
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    Macy Gray:

    On How Life Is (1999): 3X Platinum (US Sales: 3,000,000)
    The Id (2001): Gold (US Sales: 700,000)

    Talk about a huge drop!   It didn’t even go platinum! 

    TLC:

    CrazySexyCool (1994): 11X Platinum, Sales 7,200,000
    Fanmail (1999): 6X Platinum, Sales 4,700,000
    3D (2002): Platinum, Sales 667,000

    A huge drop-off from CSC to 3D.

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    thedude
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    The Smashign Pumpkins
    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995): 9x Platinum
    Adore (1998): Platinum

    But to be fair to them MCATIS was a double album and must have sold around only 4.5 million.

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    M H
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    Garth Brooks dropped from 21xPlatinum with “Double Live” to 5xPlatinum with “Sevens.” Even if you only count half of the “Double Live” total, it is still a drop of more than 50 percent.  

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    Not a Fraud
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    Great job RichT315!  Fascinating!

    So many others you can add –

    Here are more from the 90’s

    MC Hammer (Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em / Too Legit To Quit)
    Spin Doctors (Pocket Full of Kryptonite / Turn It Upside Down)
    Soul Asylum (Grave Dancers Union / Let Your Dim Light Shine)
    Sarah McLachlan (Surfacing / Afterglow)
    Jewel (Piece Of You / Spirit)
    Blind Melon (Blind Melon / Soup)
    Counting Crows (August And Everything After / Recovering The Satellites)
    Aerosmith (Get A Grip / Nine Lives)
    Bush (Sixteen Stone, Razorblade Suitcase)
    Oasis (What’s The Story Morning Glory / Be Here Now)
    Third Eye Blind (Third Eye Blind / Blue)
    The Wallflowers (Bringing Down The Horse / Breach)
    Matchbox Twenty (Yourself Or Someone Like You /Mad Season)
    Hanson (Middle Of Nowhere / Snowed In)
    Spice Girls (Spice / Spiceworld)
    Ricky Martin (Ricky Martin / Sound Loaded)
    Faith Hill (Breathe / Cry) 

    I will think of some from the 80’s later 

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
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    As much as I hate to admit it, my most favorite singer, James Otto, is a victim of this position too. His Sunset Man album entered at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums list after it got released in 2008 and two years later when his next album named Shake What God Gave Ya hit the stores, it only entered at #10. (shaking my head)

    God bless you and him always!!!

    Holly

    P.S. I know that it may go without saying, but to me, James only gets better with every album release, I love him SO much!!! (big smile)

    Go here to check out my most favorite singer James Otto!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiU81KIRZ_Q

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    Carole King
    Tapestry (1971) = 10x platinum
    Music (1971) = 1x platinum
    90% decline (Note = Soundscan figures unavailable)

    Nope.
    Tapestry, released February 1971, Music, released December 1971.  Tapestry didn’t sell ten million units in ten months, it sold ten million units in twenty-four and a half years.  Diamond certification for Tapestry wasn’t until July 1995.  It’s difficult to look at that as catastrophic drop-off, though, to be fair, the count was delayed by a bit; the platinum and multi-platinum certifications didn’t come through until 1993 (oddly enough, the album was certified gold within six months, so maybe there wasn’t so much lag time after all).

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    The Beatles
    Abbey Road (1969) = 12,000,000 (RIAA)
    Let It Be (1970) = 4,000,000 (RIAA)
    67% decline

    The Beatles
    The Beatles (aka The White Album) (1968) = 9,500,000 (RIAA, double LP)
    Yellow Submarine (1969) = 1,000,000 (RIAA)
    89% decline

    John Lennon & Yoko Ono
    Double Fantasy (1980) = 3,000,000 (RIAA)
    Milk and Honey (1984) = 500,000 (RIAA)
    83% decline

    Nirvana
    Nevermind (1991) = 9,000,716
    In Utero (1994) = 4,159,033
    54% decline

    Spice Girls
    Spiceworld (1997) = 4,100,000
    Forever (2000) = 207,000
    95% decline

    Led Zeppelin
    IV (1971) = 23,000,000 (RIAA)
    Houses of the Holy (1973) = 11,000,000 (RIAA)
    52% decline

    Led Zeppelin
    Physical Graffiti (1975) = 8,000,000 (RIAA, double LP)
    Presence (1976) = 3,000,000
    63% decline

    Led Zeppelin
    In Through the Out Door (1979) = 6,000,000
    Coda (1982) = 1,000,000
    83% decline

    Pink Floyd
    The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) = 15,000,000
    Wish You Were Here (1975) = 6,000,000
    60% decline

    also, Pink Floyd’s The Wall is a double album, so its 23.0m sales figure should be 11.5m, making the decline to The Final Cut 83%, not 91% .

    Michael Jackson
    Dangerous (1991) = 7,000,000
    HIStory (1995) = 3,500,000
    50% decline

    Eminem
    Encore (2004) = 5,288,000
    Relapse (2009) = 2,200,000
    58% decline

    Green Day
    Dookie (1994) = 10,000,000
    Insomniac (1995) = 2,000,000
    80% decline

    Green Day
    American Idiot (2004) = 6,029,000
    21st Century Breakdown (2009) = 1,014,000
    83% decline

    U2
    The Joshua Tree (1987) = 10,000,000
    Rattle and Hum (1988) = 5,000,000
    50% decline

    U2
    Achtung Baby (1991) = 8,000,000
    Zooropa (1993) = 2,000,000
    75% decline

    U2
    How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004) = 3,000,000
    No Line on the Horizon (2009) = 1,000,000
    67% decline

    No Doubt
    Tragic Kingdom (1995) = 8,167,000
    Return of Saturn (2000) = 1,587,000
    81% decline

    Will Smith
    Big Willie Style (1997) = 9,000,000
    Willennium (1999) = 2,000,000
    78% decline 
    …then:
    Will Smith
    Willennium (1999) = 2,000,000
    Born to Reign (2002) = 237,000
    88% decline

    Lil Wayne
    Tha Carter III (2008) = 3,751,558
    Rebirth (2010) = 775,469
    79% decline

    The Black Eyed Peas
    The E.N.D. (2009) = 3,017,000
    The Beginning (2010) = 648,700
    78% decline 

    another that I can’t find all of the sales figures for:
    Chumbawamba
    Tubthumper (1997) = 3,000,000
    WYSIWYG (2000) = did not even chart on the Billboard 200 

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    JEWEL: Pieces of You- Spirit

    Beyoncé: I am Sasha Fierce- 4

    Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics- Bionic

    Pink: MIzzundastood- Try This

    Cher: Believe- Living Proof

    Nelly Furtado: Whoa Nelly- Folcklore

    Lady Gaga: The Fame era- Born This way

    Mariah Carey: Rainbow- Glitter
                           The Emancipation of Mimi- E=MC2

    Madonna: Music- American Life
                     
     

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    JEWEL: Pieces of You- Spirit

    Beyoncé: I am Sasha Fierce- 4

    Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics- Bionic

    Pink: MIzzundastood- Try This

    Cher: Believe- Living Proof

    Nelly Furtado: Whoa Nelly- Folcklore

    Lady Gaga: The Fame era- Born This way

    Mariah Carey: Rainbow- Glitter
                           The Emancipation of Mimi- E=MC2

    Madonna: Music- American Life
                     
     

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