carlos b fly wrote:
True, I forget how big Stripped was in Europe.
Oh, it was huge. It really was a magnificent era for her in Europe. If she'd been smart, she'd have moved on that fast, much in the same way Pink did after her second album, cultivating it upon finding such a positive and responsive European fanbase. Instead, she wasted it with years of nothing and then turning out some naff Etta James inspired comeback album.
If Christina had been remotely smart, she could totally have entrenched in a really loyal European fanbase to carry her career as Pink did. Artists like Pink have showed you can more than thrive by working other key markets even if America isn't going wild for you.
But P!nk still sounds good though She kills in America (even if not popular culture) and everywhere because she can still sing her a@@ off. Definitely X made a misstep after Stripped but her voice is a big part of her decline
Christina's voice has nothing to do with it. A good or bad voice can bank you success either way in the music industry. We live in a bloody world where Rihanna is close to having 18 #1's and nicking the record from one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Do I need to say more?
Christina sounded a mess on Stripped (and was even towards the end of her debut era) and replaced singing with wild screaming and grunting shouts but the album was successful and scored multiple hits. Her career went downhill due to taking overlong breaks rather than building up enough interest and fanbase with the general public while she was young (unlike Britney), upon each long break releasing more and more subpar, failed attempts at artistry material that continued to flop and her pretty vile personality becoming more apparent as the years went by. Not only were her songs now sh!t, her personality was too.
Further, Pink has also been incredibly hit and miss in America as anyone with knowledge of her career would know. So despite her talent and singing voice, that has not been any kind of golden ticket to huge success in the States. Her chart and commercial success in America has always been very second fiddle to Europe and Australia.