Here are the successful albums during 2011to 2012 which became big sellers but their singles had underperformed compared to the albums:
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Mumford Sons is one of the biggest folk rock bands during the recent years. It became multiplatinum in many countries including the US and UK which it was triple and quintuple platinum respectively. It released four official singles some of those songs went to top 40 or top 20, but didn’t have notable singles.
Beyoncé – 4
“4” is obviously the fourth album by Beyonce. It went to number one and top ten of majority of the countries it charted and among the biggest sellers of 2011. It has released numerous singles and reached the UK top 3 for her “Best Thing I Never Had” single. But most songs didn’t make impact in the charts.
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Lana Del Rey is one of top selling female artists in recent years and this first major album has been successful worldwide as it sold about 8 million copies worldwide, a number which was rarely reached this time. Despite the huge sales of the record, it only scored one hit single namely “Summertime Sadness”.
One Direction – Up All Night
“Up All Night” is the recordbreaking first album of One Direction which became one of the biggest selling albums of 2012. Depsite being a top seller, the album only managed one real hit which is “What Makes You Beautiful”. Other songs achieved numerous streams and airplays but chart positions were low.
One Direction – Take Me Home
After the success of their debut album, One Direction immediately worked and released their second album “Take Me Home”. The album topped the charts worldwide and has been one of the fastest selling albums of 2012. It is also among the top selling albums of the year which made One Direction score two top sellers in one year. The album released only three official singles though with only one top ten hit in the US, despite hitting the top ten with all of the singles in UK. Their singles climb fast but droppes fast from the charts.
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