Yikes! Robin Thicke’s new album, Paula, is not doing so hot right now. The record sold only 25,000 copies in the first week, with sales in the U.K. not even reaching 1,000 units.
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We suppose not everybody is as in love with Paula as Robin Thicke. Last year, Thicke’s album Blurred Lines easily sold 177,000 copies in the U.S. in the first week of release, but this time around, the singer’s new, soulful record managed to sell a measly 25,000. Oh, show business, you’re so fickle.
Believe it or not, this is not even the worst part. Per reports, Paula sold only 530 copies in the United Kingdom. We repeat: Out of the 64 million citizens in the U.K., only 530 decided to purchase Thicke’s new album. We feel as if the word “flop” does not quite cover this kind of poor selling performance. We wonder how Thicke’s estranged wife, Paula Patton, feels about this. The record is for her, after all.
Since we’re pretty malicious — and for perspective’s sake — here are a few mediocre (or worse) albums that sold way more copies than Paula will… Just because.
1. JC Chasez – Schizophrenic
Obviously we all loved JC in ‘N Sync, but his solo effort was just… disappointing. Yet Schizophrenic managed to sell 120,000 units worldwide, despite featuring a song called “All Day Long I Dream about Sex.” The world is crazy, but Thicke can still beat this album. Maybe.
2. Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All
Yes, indeed. Billy Ray Cyrus’ most famous album, which featured “Achy Breaky Heart,” sold more copies than Robin Thicke’s new record (or any record he ever released). Some Gave All actually sold over 20 million copies and is one of the bestselling albums of all time. Boom! The more you know…
3. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
This is a great way of illustrating the varying musical tastes of this universe. Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell actually happens to be one of the highest-selling albums of all time, with 43 million copies bought around the globe. Try wrapping your head around this one.
4. MC Hammer – Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em
This is almost too mean. MC Hammer did well for himself back in the day. His album Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em sold over 10 million units. Surprising, no? Guess you can’t touch this.
Will you be picking up a copy of Paula? Why do you think it sold so few copies?