The bombs, busts and duds of 2010, from Xtina, Adam, Courtney and 17 other underachievers
Unless your name is Taylor, Marshall or Gaga, 2010 was probably not a banner year for your burgeoning music career. Instead, as befits these recessionary times, pretty much everyone in the music business took a hit, especially in that dwindling but still all-important category, album sales. Whether you were a rapper trying to make a rock record, a Disney star trying to revamp your image, or a ‘90s has-been trying to re-establish your relevance, 2010 was a tough year for pushing product.
Here, based on Metromix’s highly subjective interpretations of Billboard/Soundscan sales data, are the albums that dropped with the most resounding thuds over the past year. Some were actually pretty good, some were downright terrible, but all fell well short of even the 2010 record industry’s diminished expectations.—Andy Hermann, Metromix
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