Five Attempted Pop Comebacks Even More Annoying Than James Blunt's

It came to my attention that James Blunt is back with a new album this week. Considering that the mere sight of his face evokes my inner rage, the thought of his actual music is enough to make me want to drive off a cliff. If you remember, he was that guy in 2006 with the song "You're Beautiful" where he wailed on the chorus about -- you guessed it -- a girl being beautiful. Now Blunt's back with his latest album, Some Kind Of Trouble, which might even be worse than I thought it would be, and got me thinking of all the other annoying pop artist comebacks from the last few years that I wish never happened. Here are five of those:

Enrique Iglesias



If he wasn't stomach-churning enough in the late-'90s and early-'00s with Latin-tinged pop tracks like "Bailamos" and melodramatic ballads such as "Hero," Enrique Iglesias devoted last year to attempting to ride the Jersey Shore popularity wave with his bi-lingual dance album, Euphoria. The end result of all that work pandering to the Miami club crowd? A single ("I Like It") that briefly peaked at No. 5, an album that debuted at No. 10 before plummeting on the Billboard, and a complete loss of dignity.

Christina Aguilera



Christina Aguilera's celebrity has been in decline since the early-'00s. After her 2006 album, Back To Basics, MERELY went platinum, Aguilera attempted a comeback in 2010 with Bionic. Despite embracing a more electronic sound and enlisting the services of Le Tigre and Nicki Minaj, the final product was kind of a trainwreck, as it failed to even go Gold. Aguilera's tendencies for the grandiose didn't quite mesh with the left-field sound she was trying to capture.

Matisyahu



I thought the world would have had enough of the prominently-beared Hasidic reggae-ish rapper Matisyahu after his hit album, Youth, came out five years ago. I was wrong. Sort of. His 2009 album Light attempted to recapture the buzz that the Gold-certified Youth garnered, but came up considerably short, peaking at No. 19 on the Billboard. Maybe now we can all move on from these perfectly-average reggae songs.

New Kids On The Block



Do I even need to go into specifics about why a 2008 comeback from an '80s pop boy band is annoying? I'm still trying to forget this ever happened.

Sugar Ray



The regrettably-titled Music For Cougars was the album that nobody asked for. Coming six years after Sugar Ray's previous album, 2003's In The Pursuit Of Leisure, featured captivating song titles such as "Love 101" and "She's Got The (Woo-Hoo)". I'm sure Mark McGrath & Co thought this would be their big ticket back to their  pop-rock peak in the '90s, when "Fly" was out, but it sputtered out at No. 80 on the Billboard chart. Well at least McGrath still has that TV gig hosting "Extra," or whatever it's called. Wait, no, he left that in 2008 to work on this album. Fail.

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Wanda
Wanda

You have some nerve saying bad negative crap about Enrique and his music! If I dont like a particular artist I dont go talking sh** about that him or her!...what's the point? If you would just do your homework you would see and hear just how talented Enrique is, not to mention how well he can entertain a crowd! I could go on and on, but would definitely change your opinion about him if you would just take the time to attend at least one concert and maybe buy a few of his CD's! Get a life and do some research on Enrique!

Shabam
Shabam

You just seem like a weasel hiding behind your blog. Get your facts straight before you attempt to have any valid opinion about what you think you know about the music industry. Because right now, you've proven just how pathetic you are. Well done.

Kat
Kat

I agree with your comment on Aguilera. She has a good mainstream voice but she seems to have got lost over the past few years.

Iglesias in my opinion is a very clever business man, or is somebody who surrounds himself with clever business men. He has been around for over 15 years, and when not so popular in Central America at times, he has been topping charts in the Asian, Latin and European markets consistently. If you look at the music he writes and produces, he goes with what is going to sell in the charts. He began with the Latin music, moved onto ballads and now the songs like 'I like it' and 'Tonight, although not classic tracks, are the type of tracks that are going to make him bucketloads of money and keep him popular. He has maintained a private personal life and comes across as laid-back and down to earth in interviews, although slightly inappropriate at times but thats just seems to be his humour. Anyway to make a long point short, he is brighter and more cunning than he seems, and he is having the last laugh!

Tina
Tina

Kat, Enrique writes music HE likes and is very greatful if the fans like it too, he has said this many times. He also says, "The public decides!" And the public has decided for fifteen years! Thanks for your remarks, Enrique is very smart. The music business is tough and he has survived,

susy
susy

Enrique is the besssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssst ..you dont know anything!!

Enriquefan
Enriquefan

Enrique is the best!!!! His latest album euphoria was very succesful..He never going down...You're wrong!!!!

Smile4ever
Smile4ever

Attempted comeback ? On which earth are you living ? LOLEnrique just jumped over Micheal Jackson and Prince with most N°1 hits ever on the Billboard Dance Charts .. what more do you want ???

Eyes4renriqueonly
Eyes4renriqueonly

How about get your story right of Enrique Iglesias, Enrique been longer and stomach-churning you need to do better than that, you jealous idiot.

leondra
leondra

enrique iglesias is just not popular in the USA as he is in other countries like Mexico, South America, The UK, most Latin countries, and europe he just has to much competition in the USA and his music has changed for the worse not the better he should stay with his spanish good songs and some good english songs not this garbage he has out now charts dont mean a thing otherwise he would have one something this year and people wouldnt be writing bad stuff about him he doesnt have to change to prove he can sing everyone knows he can but not everyone can change and he shouldnt!

soldier
soldier

Except he is exceptionaly popular in the mainstream US market at the moment. He's got the two best selling singles of his career there and radio has embraced them too.

And yes if people are spending money to buy his current output that does mean something. Not to mention that he has won awards this year and last year. Not that it matters but no artists wins every award they are up for.

His music changed years ago in his albums anyway. What he has done is highlight that change via his singles which he enjoys better. Critics and bloggers will talk bad about him regardless. Just like quite a lot did back in his early Spanish albums and during Bailamos and Hero days. Goes for every artist, that's just the nature of the game.

Sandyshoe97
Sandyshoe97

Enrique whether you like him or not is an International artist and hasn't gone anywhere. He just wasn't as popular in the mainstream white American mainstream market that's all. And people may not like his current two hits in that market. But he has a collection of work that spans 15 years. Some of the songs are beautiful and others are just for fun. It's called being a pop artist. I have a feeling that a lot of people who say things like this is very ignorant of his career as a whole. Christina hasn't gone anywhere either. She just didn't give her last album a lot of promotion. But anyone can write a blog or article these days. So no big surprise by the ignorance in it.

patricia
patricia

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS HAS LOST IT ALL HIS CHEESEBALL SONGS ARE THE WORST THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT LIKE THEM ARE HIS DIE HARD FANS THAT WOULD SAY ANYTHING HE DOES IS GOOD HES OVER AND OUT SONT CARE ABOUT CHARTS AND WHERE HIS SONGS ARE IN NUMBERS PLACE THE LAST SONG HE DID TONIGHT PROVED HES DESPERATE FOR ANYTHING PLUS HE LOOKS DEAD OR ON DRUGS AND HE WEARS A WIG HES A TURN OFF AND A REAL PEICE OF GARBAGE FOR WRITING A SONG THAT PUTS DOWN WOMAN WONDER WHY HE HASNT WON ANY AWARDS THIS YEAR? OH AND FYI EVERY FAMOUS SINGER HAS THEIR OWN PRIVATE JET NOT JUST MR IGLESIAS!

Shabam
Shabam

seriously. fuck your opinion. it means shit

Tinadebaca
Tinadebaca

Some people shouldn't be allowed to comment on music. Adrian, you are abviousely in the wrong job. Enrique has worked long and hard for 15 years, he has earned every single penny he has!! You couldn't count the awards he has won including several for songwriting. He also has millions of people who love his music, Don't you ever read RollingStone or BillBoard?? He also has a beautiful girlfriend, plus he could have any woman he wanted in the whole world. He has a yacht, a cigarette, a boat, several cars, several houses, a resort in Los Cabos and lots of gold and platinum albums. He didn't get all this for being a bad singer!!!! I also forgot to mention that he is consistently on the sexiest man in the world lists and need I add that he is GORGEOUS!!!!! Hee is polite and just a genuine nice person. In other words HE HAS EVERYTHING!!!! And you are pathetic, that is why your have such a lousey job!!!!

Tina
Tina

I also forgot to mention that he has his own plane!!!!!!

Maninder
Maninder

Enrique music is Awesome! I like it was successful worldwide!

CJ
CJ

Seems a bit odd considering that Enrique's I Like It and was one of the most succesful songs of last year as well as arguebly the biggest song he's released. His current single Tonight seems to be doing even better.

So it's hardly an "attempted" comeback. Then again the term comeback doesn't seem to mean the same thing to people. As others pointed out Iglesias stayed succesful and relevant in both in Latin America and the US based latin market were he has a still building record of #1 singles and in the UK and Europe. Even the mainstream US market he enjoyed some cult hits in the past few years.

You could also argue Christina is an erroneous entry as she took the same amount of time she usualy between albums and her latest album is his first commercial failure. Back to Basics was fairly big. Now her next era, you might want to refer to that as an attempt at a comeback.

Linda
Linda

Enrique has never been "gone" so how can he have a comeback? He holds the record for producing 21 number 1 Spanish-language singles on the Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. Before the release of Euphoria, he sold over 55 million albums in both English and Spanish. Euphoria is doing great.

TAPAS AKA DAVID
TAPAS AKA DAVID

I think what your writing is wrong!!! Enrique is talented and will always be great profromer.. HIS ABLUM WAS A BIG SUCCESS like every other album!!! REMEMBER WEATHER TOU LIKE OR NOT!!!! SO BRAVO TO ENRIQUE!!!

Well...
Well...

Enrique Iglesias makes my skin crawl with his slimy ways, stupid jokes and awful voice, so his drop down the charts can only be a good thing. Hopefully he won't bother trying desperately to get a hit again by jumping on the next bandwagon. At least Christina Aguilera is talented even if her album was a bit of a let-down.

Alena
Alena

Just for a fact ...this was not a comeback for Enrique. He wasn't gone at all !! What you are writing about him is totally disrespectful :-( Do you homework next time and check the European charts too !!

Ines_samuel
Ines_samuel

Enrique loss of dignity?? Hahaaaaa!!! Wtf is wrong with this "expert" haaa!!!!!!!! Wow!!! U dont know anything about music!!!!!!!! Haaa!!! U make me laugh soooo bad!!

Ines_samuel
Ines_samuel

What's wrong with this dumba**!?? Enrique is the best!!! Always!!!

Diana L
Diana L

Get your facts right! I Like it Peaked at #4 and was in the top ten for something like 10 weeks and it is still i the top half of the Billboard hot 100 after 36 weeks. His second single Tonight is also a top ten song and His first Spanish single Cuando Me Enamoro spend 17 at number one and is still in the top five on Latin pop charts after 38 weeks.

Gretal
Gretal

Hey Adrian, you are way out of touch with things. Christina's very popular right now and Enrique is the man of tbe moment who can't put a foot wrong right now. Some of these artists you mention have had long successful careers, they're not making a come back, they never actually went away. Gotta say though, you sound really stressed by it all, maybe the cliff thing is a good idea!

Diana
Diana

You don't know what good music is. Enrique Iglesias is hotter now in music then he has ever been in his career and this is not a "comeback" he was never gone.

Tinkler4
Tinkler4

Christina's album was great! People didn't like it cause she was accused of copying Lady Gaga (which I though was rubbish) along with a comment ... which really it did damage her popularity! The Gaga stans won that battle...along with Perez(the fag!), But her Burlesque film and album has done well. And Enrique, he already has 2 top ten hits from his new album, so I don't know what your going on about?

Kayla
Kayla

How do you stand reading your own article? Enrique is fine, and was very successful. Don't know what you're talking about.

Mary-Ann
Mary-Ann

You must be jealous of Enrique's fame otherwise you wouldn't go on and on and on.No one cares what you have to say. We know Enrique ROCKS!!

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