LeAnn Rimes’ ‘Spitfire’ is More of a Misfire

Spitfire, the latest album from LeAnn Rimes, is hardly a smash. In fact, it’s barely made a dent. The album debuted at 36 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling just 10,798 copies in its first week after being released June 4.

It’s no real wonder why no one’s exactly eager to buy Rimes’ new music. In the last few years she’s become more tabloid fodder than serious musician. She’s now more famous for her affair with Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Brandi Glanville’s husband Eddie Cibrian and their ongoing feud than “How Do I Live.” Rimes also made headlines recently for a stint in rehab for anxiety and stress, reportedly caused by Twitter. So, yeah, famous lady freaks out over mean tweets and people aren’t eager to take her seriously, big breaking news over here.

To illustrate how hard Rimes’ album tanked, three positions ahead of her on the Billboard chart, at 33, is Taylor Swift’s Red, an album that was released in October of last year. It’s not difficult to draw comparisons between the two, both had enormously successful debut albums in the country genre at a young age, Swift at 16, Rimes at 13. Both also made hugely successful crossovers into pop music. Taylor: this woman is a cautionary tale. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

There have been other problems, too. Rimes’ recent television appearances haven’t exactly instilled confidence in her abilities. She appeared on The X Factor last year (maybe drunk?) and ruined all fond memories of “How Do I Live.”

Yikes. When she was asked later what happened during the performance, she decided to toss her 13-year-old duet partner under the bus to save her own skin. “I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song,” Rimes told TMZ. Classy.

Like Justin Timberlake says, what goes around comes around.