R.I.P.: The “Chinese Democracy” hype

<b>R.I.P.:</b> The “Chinese Democracy” hype<br>
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<b>Eulogy:</b> Year in and year out, beginning back in the early-to-mid ‘90s, we were promised that it was coming. Just a few more months, we’d be told, and <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2008/11/guns-n-roses-ch.html">Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy”</a> would be here. But the album seemed to become a myth, a release that existed in promotional hype only. Then suddenly – almost without warning – it was here, a few days before Thanksgiving.<br>
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<b>Will we miss it?</b> The better question, perhaps, is do we even care that it’s here? After more than a decade of waiting, “Chinese Democracy” made a lackluster landing on the U.S. pop charts, entering at No. 3, behind albums from <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004230" title="Kanye West" href="/topic/entertainment/music/kanye-west-PECLB004230.topic">Kanye West</a> and Taylor Swift, and selling just a fraction of what GNR’s last studio efforts, “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II,” sold in their first weeks. Swift, mind you, was just a couple years old when "Use Your Illusion" was released.

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R.I.P.: The “Chinese Democracy” hype

Eulogy: Year in and year out, beginning back in the early-to-mid ‘90s, we were promised that it was coming. Just a few more months, we’d be told, and Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” would be here. But the album seemed to become a myth, a release that existed in promotional hype only. Then suddenly – almost without warning – it was here, a few days before Thanksgiving.

Will we miss it? The better question, perhaps, is do we even care that it’s here? After more than a decade of waiting, “Chinese Democracy” made a lackluster landing on the U.S. pop charts, entering at No. 3, behind albums from Kanye West and Taylor Swift, and selling just a fraction of what GNR’s last studio efforts, “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II,” sold in their first weeks. Swift, mind you, was just a couple years old when "Use Your Illusion" was released.

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