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R.I.P.: The “Chinese Democracy” hype

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.Frank Micelotta / Getty Images