Contributed by Madfan:
We have been seeing the titles “Queen of Flops” and “Bargain Bin Queen” a lot here in PopDirt lately. I guess the title refers to the commercial and artistic failures that these divas have been experiencing lately. True, they may have sold millions of albums in the past, and the sales of CDs by all artists have significantly dropped lately. But the point is this: the efforts of these women to have hits, whether commercially or artistically HAVE failed — big time! The biggest contenders for thie title “Queen of Flops” are definitely the ones who used to be big: Mariah Carey, Madonna and Britney Spears.
These women have proven that the adage is true: The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
I would say that Mariah Carey is the Queen of Flops on the commercial level. She hasn’t had an authentic Top 100 years in ages. Do we need to mention “Glitter” (which has become synonymous with the word flop in the English language, rivalled only by “Gigli”)? Do we need to mention her personal failures in her private life? (That’s not our business though).
I would say that Madonna is the Queen of Flop on the artistic level. She used to be applauded for the artistry of her music and videos. What happened? Her efforts of late have been pathetic recreations of her past work. A desperate attempt perhaps to capture past glory? No one is applauding, shocked or provoked anymore. Most importantly, no one is buying.
Cruelty aside, and biases aside, I would say that Britney Spears is the Queen of Flops on both commercial and artistic levels. Just think about it: she never really had a Top 100 hit since her first single, “…Baby One More Time.” On the artistic level…oh forget it, the words”art” and Britney just don’t go together. She’s just not intelligent enough to handle that aspect. She’s also the Bargain Bin Queen.
Then again…it’s just me. What about you? What do you think? Any more contenders? The race is on for the title “The Queen of Flops”…