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  • Boidiva02
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    I’m sure you’ve heard of it, the dreaded Sophmore Slump: when an artists second album fails to live up to the sales, reviews or general popularity of their debut album.    

    In your opinion what artists (current or from the past); have fallen curse to the sophomore slump?

    Here are a few for me:

    Alanis Morissette: Coming off a juggernaute like “Jagged Little Pill”  I supposed it was inevitable that her second album would pale in comparison, but it is undeniable that sales were softer for “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie”. While, JLP sold 15,000,000 in the USA alone, SFIJ only sold 2,600,000. And while JLP was certified 16X platinum by RIAA her second album only got certified 3X.  

    Arguably you could say Alanis never again received the same kind of popularity she got with Jagged Little Pill.    

    Christina Aguilera:

    Her second album while still successful, was clearly not as big a mainstream success as her debut album.   While reviews praised her more mature sound and her efforts to expirement with new genres; her move away from “bubblegum pop”; sales weren’t as strong, and some of the singles failed to chart.   Also, her image at the time (the dirrty era) were controversial and helped stall sales of the album.  “Dirrty’ of course was a ill-received video and song in the states.   

    Sales Wise:

    Debut Album: 8,279,000 sold in USA/8X platinum certification by RIAA
    Second Album:  4,383,000 sold in USA/6x platinum certification by RIAA 

    You could argue that she hasn’t had much success since her second album. Her album sales have declined with each subsequent album; “Back To Basics” (arguably the last mainstream success she had) only sold 1,712,000 copies in the USA. 

    Jewel:

    It is fairly obvious that after the massive success of “Pieces of You” she saw a dramatic decline in album sales.  She’s maintained a generally positive reputation with critics, but nobody could argue she’s had the same success sales wise.

    Sales:

    Debut Album: 7,353,000 sold in USA/certified 12x Platinum by RIAA
    Second Album: 3,711,000 sold in USA/certified 4x platinum by RIAA

    While she has maintained a level of success creatively, her album sales have not stayed the same.   Her next two albums respectively went platinum and gold before she switched to country music. She hasn’t ever had the same kind of buzz or popularity.

     

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    Andrew Carden
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    Hootie and the Blowfish

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    tennisfreak
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    While I’m not one to really push too hard for the relative artistic merits of Ms. Aguilera, I would like to note that “Beautiful” from her sophomore album has probably had more lasting impact than say “Genie in a Bottle” or “What a Girl Wants.” So to say that was evidence of a “slump” based on pure sales when it was still massively successful relative to the rest of the industry. (This was around the time downloading was affecting sales and the way music is consumed was having a profound shift that we really cannot quantify.) 75% retention of a highly successful debut in terms of units shipped is damn solid.

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    PoweR
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    While I’m not one to really push too hard for the relative artistic merits of Ms. Aguilera, I would like to note that “Beautiful” from her sophomore album has probably had more lasting impact than say “Genie in a Bottle” or “What a Girl Wants.” So to say that was evidence of a “slump” based on pure sales when it was still massively successful relative to the rest of the industry. (This was around the time downloading was affecting sales and the way music is consumed was having a profound shift that we really cannot quantify.) 75% retention of a highly successful debut in terms of units shipped is damn solid.

    Yeah, there are way better examples of a sophomore slump. Christina Aguilera was the #1 female artist that year, according to Billboard and had a big hit with “Beautiful,” for which she won a Grammy. Even with a sales decline and not as many hits as the previous album, Christina Aguilera was still fairly on the top of her game.

    No offense, but Boidiva2 should really look at the true definition of ‘sophomore slump.’ Duffy would be a much better example of a “sophomore slump.”    

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    Kadu335
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    [quote=”tennisfreak”]

    While I’m not one to really push too hard for the relative artistic merits of Ms. Aguilera, I would like to note that “Beautiful” from her sophomore album has probably had more lasting impact than say “Genie in a Bottle” or “What a Girl Wants.” So to say that was evidence of a “slump” based on pure sales when it was still massively successful relative to the rest of the industry. (This was around the time downloading was affecting sales and the way music is consumed was having a profound shift that we really cannot quantify.) 75% retention of a highly successful debut in terms of units shipped is damn solid.

    Yeah, there are way better examples of a sophomore slump. Christina Aguilera was the #1 female artist that year, according to Billboard and had a big hit with “Beautiful,” for which she won a Grammy. Even with a sales decline and not as many hits as the previous album, Christina Aguilera was still fairly on the top of her game.

    No offense, but Boidiva2 should really look at the true definition of ‘sophomore slump.’ Duffy would be a much better example of a “sophomore slump.”    
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    Duffy was the first one that came to mind… Rockferry is such a great record and I loved her back then, but her second album was so underwhelming that it was easy to understand the lack of interest. Leona Lewis is also a great example. As someone who follows the british music scene for such a long time, I would say this phenomenon os quite usual in the UK LOL

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    Xtina
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    I understand why the author of this thread listed Christina Aguilera. 

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    LegendOfMatt
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    Foster the People is one that comes to mind. Love that first album. Second one? Zzzzzzz.

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    smurty11
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    Kings of Leon
    Foster the People
    Arcade Fire 
    Nicki Minaj 

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    Final2
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    Just on a hunch Iggy Azalea. Team is just so bad. Also Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis they don’t seem to big anymore.

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    circa 1993
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    Mariah Carey’s Emotions underperformed in comparison to her debut. It’s not even a favorite among her lambs.

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    mikeboy898
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    Definitely Foster The People! Their debut, Torches, was FIRE and so unique and a really well-made album. Their follow-up, Supermodel, was quite a snooze. Very bland and unoriginal.

    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for SURE. I was a huge fan of The Heist. What happened?

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