Mariah Carey’s ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Is Unlikely To Debut At Number One Due To Weak Sales

Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse is one of the artistic high points of the superstar’s long and glittering career but that hasn’t translated into bumper sales. The album is predicted to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 in its opening week, which should snare a top five debut on the Billboard 200. Unfortunately, that number is unlikely to knock Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories from the summit.

While many Lambs are quick to point out that Mimi isn’t known for huge opening bows, 2009′s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel still managed to sell 168,000 copies in its first seven days. So what went wrong? It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly but the endless rescheduling, lack of a massive radio hit to spearhead the release (“#Beautiful” is now a year old) and botched ‘surprise’ rollout certainly didn’t help.

Were you expecting Mariah’s album to sell more? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Christian

    I’m not surprised by this considering how lackluster (to put it lightly) first-week sales have been for just about everyone (unless you’re Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, or whomever else was actually able to debut with big numbers).
    The album isn’t terrible. You said it best that Mariah plays it safe. She does play it safe but “safe” doesn’t always translate to big sales.

  • davidsask

    Every song she sings bars over her own vocals its frustrating and hideous! Many of the songs are good but be realistic why does she self sabotage almost all of them with the rappers and urban collaborators? I have not heard one person not agree wit this assessment! I found also many of the songs the background singers overtook the song and didn’t need to be there at all as well.Don’t get me started on the song with her kids wailing wtf? Mariah do an fn’ album with just you singing, no one else, no stupid intros either and fans will come back! To save this era you need to do a network special just yourself and instrument players no guests and do acoustic from this album era!!! (I saved the stuff leaked prior, Cry, Faded, Thirsty, and Make It Look Good (barely mercy save) ) all else was garbage for reasons above.

  • Jmo

    davidsask: She had an album with only her…her last album. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. It was her worst selling album and that strategy didn’t work for her. Check it out.

  • HotTamale

    If you’re not buying the music, but rather downloading illegally–then you’re a thieve who obviously is broke and probably unsuccessful, and therefore, full of hate and jealousy. To quote the rich and successful Mariah, “you’re thirsty.”

    • Bess

      Wow! So nt being filthy rich is now the same as being poor huh? Let me break it for you, 99% of the world population is poor and only 1% is rich. I am very proud of the job I do and I do not spend my days ‘being jealous’ of the rich and famous. I find your comment really offensive! Now I have been a fan of Mariah for 24 years, yes, ever since her first album came out. I have all her records and I actually like this last album. As for her, she chose to be in the public eye and she will have to accept that people will be critical of her work and her behaviour. Personally I like the pop and r&b Mariah but don’t like the hip hop Mariah. Or the empty silly songs like thirsty, or the oversexualised image. And hate the diva behaviour! Am I being a hater? No. just happen to have a mind of my own and a right to express my opinions. I fear the day when we are not able to do this anymore because then we will all have become slaves.

  • TheOne

    Yeah I’m hoping these sales aren’t too accurate . I think she is gonna sell more than that. The album is superb if you’re an R&B fan. Fresh should uptempo beat. If you’re into the dance frenzy than yeah I would day it sucks. Lets wait for the first week sales to roll in

  • Om

    The album is amazing. She has some great hits.

  • Jay

    This album is incredible. Probably too sophisticated for todays market; that’s the only explanation I can come up with to explain the alleged sales. I am so surprised because I feel it’s near flawless.
    “Camouflage” is truly heartbreaking to listen to. And “Money”, “Meteorite” and “You Don’t Know What To Do” provide an embarrassment of riches to choose from when deciding on a single.
    In today’s music scene, this is a true RnB diamond.

  • fatalreview

    with MeMe the annoying whale it’s ALL wrong-the only thing she is really known for is being a self obsessed fame drooling skankkk who markets herself as a stripper even though she is fat and old and now has resorted to using some one else’s body and 20 year old face shots cut and pasted together in Photoshop to do it–it wouldn’t sell even 5,000 if she wasn’t using every poptard play for play ratings chart BS that Tommy and Sony used to make her fake azzz image in the first place-her voice is studio fraud and she is so insecure cause she knows just how lame she really is and why she is constantly spewing made up embellished chart numbers to try and keep a claw in the spotlight