'Democracy' Fails at Best Buy
It seemed like a surefire sales bonanza. Weeks after rockers-from-another-decade AC/DC shocked the music and retail worlds by hitting #1 on the music charts with their "Black Ice" album, Guns 'n' Roses was set to release a comeback album of their own, this time exclusive to Best Buy. And not only that, the album, "Chinese Democracy," was famously in the works for over 15 years, and was as seemingly long-awaited as any rock project in memory.
But like much of the happenings in retail in the past several months, things didn't quite go as planned. According to the Wall Street Journal, in its first three weeks the album has sold only about 318,000 thousands of the of 1.3 million copies of the CD that Best Buy reportedly paid millions for up front.
"Chinese Democracy" debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts, but after middling reviews and poor word of mouth, slipped 78 percent in its second week. It has also failed to garner much radio play, and band leader W. "Axl" Rose has reportedly refused to make videos, give interviews, or perform live in order to promote the album.