1 W. AXL ROSE
Not so much Chinese Democracy itself (c'mon, were you really expecting it to rock?), but his refusal to stand behind it with a media push - except for a 4,500-word rant he wrote on a fan blog.
2 BEYONCE'S I AM... SASHA FIERCE (Columbia)
Beyoncé probably should've consulted with Garth Brooks before trying the alter ego thing. Who knew Solange was the real recording talent in the family?
3 BLOC PARTY'S INTIMACY (Atlantic)
Emotion on overdrive fails (again) to even come close to their outstanding debut.
4 HITS ARE FOR SQUARES (Hear Music)
Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon enlist their celebrity pals to select their fave Sonic Youth songs for a lame Starbucks cash grab. Just plain sad.
5 NAS PUNKS OUT
Nas's brilliant new album goes from Nigger to untitled (Def Jam). It might not've sold at Wal-Mart or Best Buy, but he should've stuck to his guns after all the hype and controversy.
6 WEEZER'S RED (Geffen)
Sometimes bands need dictators. Rivers Cuomo should never have let his bandmates near the mic, cuz their songwriting contributions made for one stinker of an album.
7 JANET JACKSON'S ANTI-COMEBACK
Despite releasing her best album in years (Discipline, Island/Def Jam), she still couldn't overcome the ongoing fallout of her 2004 wardrobe malfunction, her creepy older brother (hell, the whole family gives us the willies) and a record company that refused to put any money into promotion. (She's since parted ways with her label in protest.)
8 NO DR. DRE DETOX DISC
He promised it would come out this year. Bishop Lamont even put out a video of a performance he claimed was the debut single. Dr. Dre's Gangsta Rap King crown is definitely tarnished.
9 RICK ROSS
He claimed he was one of Miami's biggest cocaine dealers. He was really a former prison guard. So much for living the life in the lyrics.
10 SCARLETT JOHANSSON'S ANYWHERE I LAY MY HEAD (Rhino)
What could possibly be worse than Scarlett Johansson trying to sing Tom Waits songs? Only the album of her own tunes she's planning next.