Mariah Carey was probably hoping to rule the Billboard charts with her latest album. Unfortunately, it would appear that fans didn't spend a lot of cash on her songs.
After a serious delay and a slew of lukewarm singles, Carey finally dropped Me. I am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse on the masses earlier this month. Despite a serious promotional push and plenty of traction on social media, it seems that the singer's latest endeavor isn't taking the world by storm.
According to Idolator, Mariah Carey managed to move between 60,000 and 65,000 copies of her new album during its first week of release. Unfortunately, this probably isn't enough for the singer to secure the coveted number one position on the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart. It's currently believed that Coldplay will end up snagging that honor.
While hardcore fans had no problem spending their hard-earned cash on the record -- one guy reportedly spent $1,200 for a plane ticket from London to Germany to acquire the album -- it would appear that casual listeners have found other artists to fill their playlists. After all, there are a lot of singers out there competing for our attention.
The folks at Yahoo! Music recently tossed out a few theories about the album's poor sales. The website believes that a strange title, a serious gap in output, and the lack of a hit single all contributed to Mariah Carey's current situation. Writer Paul Grein also believes the singer's stint on American Idol may have lost her a few fans.
However, all is not lost for Carey. USA Today firmly believes that the album's strong reviews could work out for Mariah in the long run. The Elusive Chanteuse is struggling now, but the positive write-ups and strong word of mouth could give the songs a boost in the coming weeks. It's a waiting game at this point.
While Mariah Carey struggles to reconnect with her audience, the singer who many feel is following in her footsteps is enjoying an incredible amount of success. Ariana Grande, who recently teamed up with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea for "Problem," is all set to dominate the charts when her sophomore record drops later this year.
The Inquisitr previously reported that the aforementioned collaboration has already sold over one million digital copies since its debut earlier this month. Chances are that will translate into strong album sales down the road.
Are you surprised that Mariah Carey's new album is experiencing poor sales at the moment? Do you think the record has a chance to rebound in the coming weeks?