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