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Mariah Carey's 'Elusive Chanteuse,' more big albums that tanked this year

Mariah Carey's new album will be released May

Mariah Carey's new album will be released May 27. Credit: Mariah Carey via YouTube.com

There have been plenty of smash albums this year. Pharrell cashed in on last summer's "Happy" with his breakout sophomore effort this year. Coldplay not only notched another behemoth album but provided a soundtrack to "conscious uncoupling" in the process. Michael Jackson even found a hit album from beyond the grave. But 2014 also has had a number of epic failures. Here are a few of our favorite flops so far this year:

Robin Thicke's 'Paula'

First-week sales 24,000

Why it bombed An album dedicated to your estranged wife sounds like a promising idea. Except when the record turns out to be a creepy, hastily crafted mea culpa like this one. From begging for his actress wife to take him back during every performance to teaming with 1-800-Flowers for branded bouquets, Thicke's follow-up to the massive "Blurred Lines" went down in flames.

 

Mariah Carey's 'Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse'

First-week sales 58,000

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Why it bombed Greenlawn's Carey has delivered indelible pop hits for more than 20 years, but the rollout for her latest album was nothing short of disastrous. She spent two years teasing the project with mediocre singles and countless delays. That mouthful of an album title didn't help, either.

 

Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.'

First-week sales 33,000

Why it bombed Lopez, like Carey, found out just how tough it is for veteran pop divas these days. Her latest album -- packed with the pop, hip-hop and dance tunes you'd expect of her -- showcased a more vocally confident singer. It still wasn't enough to win over the critics -- or listeners, who had long written off "Jenny From the Block."

 

Lea Michele's 'Louder'

First-week sales 62,171

Why it bombed By the time this Broadway-favorite-turned-TV-star issued her long-anticipated album debut, "Glee" had lost most of its sheen. And while she handled the tragic death of her boyfriend and co-star, Cory Monteith, with grace on "If You Say So" (written by Sia Furler), the rest of the album -- though beautifully sung -- lacked personality.

 

50 Cent's 'Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win'

First-week sales 47,000

Why it bombed Fifty's business ventures have proved more compelling than anything he's recorded as of late. Aside from his core fan base, who even knew he had an album out?

 

Ashanti's 'Braveheart'

First-week sales 28,000

Why it bombed The album's first single came out in 2011. Was the wait worth it? Absolutely not. "Braveheart" is an expired set of forgettable club stompers and tired ballads that lacked the sass and inspiration of the Glen Cove native's earlier work.

 

Mary J. Blige's 'Think Like a Man Too'

First-week sales 8,688

Why it bombedAn original album that served as a soundtrack? Great. Except Blige's music barely had a presence in the actual film, so it served no purpose. Besides, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul should never play second fiddle to a predictable rom-com.

 

Austin Mahone's 'The Secret' EP

First-week sales 46,000

Why it bombed Despite the teen "phenom" being promoted as the second coming of Justin Bieber, none of his music won us over. The kid has a rabid fan base, yet he's still not a star? Weird.

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