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ONTD Original: 6 UK pop flops which should have been huge

The Xenomania and Richard X golden age of commercial UK pop may be over, but the Brits have kept producing brilliant, idiosyncratic pop artists. The problem is they're just not selling all that much anymore. Here are six fantastic albums which may have passed you by.

Charli XCX: True Romance (2013)
Peak UK chart position: #85
Did it kill her career? No, strategically aligning herself with more basic forces such as Icona Pop, Iggy Azalia, John Green and Halsey has kept Charli relevant even as her albums stay underperforming or unreleased.
Why should it have sold more? Because it's an amazing, sexy, big-hearted and relentlessly cool album which is never less than affecting and true.
The song that should have been a hit:


Natalia Kills: Trouble (2013)
Peak US chart position: #70 (UK info n/a)
Did it kill her career? No, being a dumbass on X Factor New Zealand did. But Trouble was to be her last album as Natalia Kills, as she has now assumed the identity of "Teddy Sinclair" and is currently making (great) music with her suit-inventor husband Willy Moon as Cruel Youth.
Why should it have sold more? Oh the irony of Natalia finding fame for lambasting some poor mug for lack of originality, when discerning pop fans had waited for her to stop leaning on others' swag for her whole career (Gaga for Perfectionist, Lana for Trouble). But while Trouble is pretty obviously influenced by Born To Die and Electra Heart, this road trip through broken American dreams and doomed youth is easily the equal of both of them and arguably holds up even better.
The song that should have been a hit:


Rachel Stevens: Come And Get It (2005)
Peak UK chart position: #28
Did it kill her career? Her music career, yes. Unless you count being a judge on X Factor New Zealand, but like, have standards.
Why should it have sold more? Because it was even better than her well-received debut which had an actual hit single in Sweet Dreams (My L.A. Ex). Come And Get It is a confident, exciting pop album with not a single bad track on it, some of them still have the power to make you cry into your ice cream a decade plus later.
The song that should have been a hit:


Ronika: Selectadisc (2014)
Peak UK chart position: n/a
Did it kill her career? No, but her second (also very good) album Lose My Cool has been released to even less fanfare as Ronika's too busy with her new bb to promo.
Why should it have sold more? Okay, Ronika's brand of glittering 80s retro disco pop probably was never going to set the charts alight, but you'd think it'd at least have provided her with a rabid stanbase ala Charli and Carly.
The song that should have been a hit:


Cocknbullkid: Adulthood (2011)
Peak UK chart position: n/a
Did it kill her career? As Cocknbullkid, pretty much. Blay went on to the dance act Anthony & Cleopatra and has since worked as a songwriter for acts like Neon Jungle and Little Mix.
Why should it have sold more? Because it's a hugely likeable pop album that takes the unlikeliest, naffest influences (lyrically you can hear traces of Morrissey, Noel Coward and Anita's fave Neil Hannon, sonically the songs bounce and shine like Sandie Shaw and Cilla Black) and turn them into something modern and brilliant, and Anita's voice is pure velvet.
The song that should have been a hit:


V V Brown: Samson and Delilah (2013)
Peak UK chart position: #158
Did it kill her career? Kind of. Her next album GLITCH was crowdfunded and she recently told fans on instagram she's quit the music business.
Why should it have sold more? Samson and Delilah is an edgy, harsh, conceptual pop record which was never going to enter Britney territory commercially speaking, but V V definitely deserved to be mentioned in the same breath as people like Ladytron, Peaches, Fever Ray etc after its release. It's a huge artistic achievement and a lot of people would probably have become obsessed with it if they only got to hear it.
The song that should have been a hit:



Wiki sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 // Youtube sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 // Text source: me

What are your favourite completely underrated and underperforming pop albums ONTD, UK or otherwise?
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