Apparently, 2014 is not the year of the diva – or at least these three divas, anyway. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Minogue are bombing out big-time on the music charts with their recently released albums.
Mariah Carey’s latest “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” has sold only 58,000 copies in first week and has no hit singles. “The Elusive Chanteuse” is by far a career low for Carey. Not since her 1990 debut has one of her albums failed to eclipse 100,000 copies during its first week.
Jennifer Lopez’s latest record “A.K.A.” sold between 25,000 and 30,000, according to TheWrap. Lopez’s descent has been much more gradual, as she hasn’t managed 100,000 in initial sales since 2005’s “Rebirth” anyway. It’s a sudden fall from grace for an artist who, just three years ago, was enjoying the biggest hit of her career — On The Floor.
What makes it all the more surprising is that Lopez is everywhere: she last week performed at the World Cup opening ceremony in front of audiences across the world, her judging stint on American Idol sees her beamed into American living rooms several times a week, and her rollercoaster of a love life regularly makes news.
“Mariah and I, we did what the kids are doing already,” J.Lo said in a recent interview. “You know, we had the time when we would drop a thing and it would go straight to number one and the album would go straight to number one. We did that two, three, four times over. She’s probably done it many more times than even I did.”
“We are in a different time of our career. We are in a different status than the ones who need to prove themselves and come out go ‘my thing has to be number one right now!’ Ours doesn’t have to. We have a fanbase, we have years behind us, we have loyalty, we have people who are interested and that’s a blessing,” she continued.
Interestingly, Jenny revealed that she’s committed to promoting A.K.A. over the course of the year and believes it will eventually find an audience. “At a certain point in your career there’s a reinvention that has to go on but you’re in it for a marathon,” she explained.
Kylie Minogue has reportedly severed ties with Parlaphone in the United Kingdom after a source said she was “bitterly disappointed” about the lack of success of her latest album, Kiss Me Once. She reluctantly agreed to become a judge on the UK version of The Voice in the hopes of improving sales of Kiss Me Once, her 12th studio album: “Kylie did everything she could, even agreeing to be a judge on The Voice … which is something she would’ve liked to avoid,” the sources said. Despite selling nearly 70 million albums worldwide, the UK has been Kylie Minogue’s stronghold, which is why the limited sales success of Kiss Me Once there (it reportedly sold just 60,000 copies) is so disappointing.
The fact that Carey, Lopez and Minogue — who, in their mid-40s, are seeing a more than 50-percent decline from their previous albums — can’t hit the once-reliable 100,000 marker in first-week sales says something not only about the decaying interest in full-length records, but also about the dwindling stamina of established female singers.
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