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5th May '18 8:16:48 AM HighCrate
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* CD clubs. Their popularity peaked in the 1990s, at one point making up 15% of record sales, offering [=CDs=] via mail for a monthly subscription, and sometimes deceptively luring in new customers with enticing offers like [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/08/12/columbia_house_bankrupt_mail_order_cd_club_s_owner_finally_going_out_of.html eight CDs for a penny, and then many more under contract extremely marked up.]] The two main CD clubs, Columbia House and BMG, merged in 2005 and filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Now CD clubs are seen as a relic of the 1990s, with the music industry having shifted largely toward digital downloads and subscription streaming.
4th May '18 11:20:05 PM jharrison3051
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* CD clubs. Their popularity peaked in the 1990s, at one point making up 15% of record sales, offering CDs via mail for a monthly subscription, and sometimes deceptively luring in new customers with enticing offers like [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/08/12/columbia_house_bankrupt_mail_order_cd_club_s_owner_finally_going_out_of.html eight CDs for a penny, and then many more under contract extremely marked up.]] The two main CD clubs, Columbia House and BMG, merged in 2005 and filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Now CD clubs are seen as a relic of the 1990s, with the music industry having shifted largely toward digital downloads and subscription streaming.

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* CD clubs. Their popularity peaked in the 1990s, at one point making up 15% of record sales, offering CDs [=CDs=] via mail for a monthly subscription, and sometimes deceptively luring in new customers with enticing offers like [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/08/12/columbia_house_bankrupt_mail_order_cd_club_s_owner_finally_going_out_of.html eight CDs for a penny, and then many more under contract extremely marked up.]] The two main CD clubs, Columbia House and BMG, merged in 2005 and filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Now CD clubs are seen as a relic of the 1990s, with the music industry having shifted largely toward digital downloads and subscription streaming.
4th May '18 11:19:40 PM jharrison3051
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*CD clubs. Their popularity peaked in the 1990s, at one point making up 15% of record sales, offering CDs via mail for a monthly subscription, and sometimes deceptively luring in new customers with enticing offers like [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/08/12/columbia_house_bankrupt_mail_order_cd_club_s_owner_finally_going_out_of.html eight CDs for a penny, and then many more under contract extremely marked up.]] The two main CD clubs, Columbia House and BMG, merged in 2005 and filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Now CD clubs are seen as a relic of the 1990s, with the music industry having shifted largely toward digital downloads and subscription streaming.
16th Apr '18 10:36:43 PM AreYouTyler
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* Billy Ray Cyrus came out of nowhere in 1992 with "Achy Breaky Heart", a song that was a ''phenomenal'' crossover the likes of which CountryMusic had not seen in years: it spent five weeks at #1 on the country charts and got as high as #4 on the Hot 100, also reaching Top 5 in Australia and the UK, and boosting Cyrus's debut album ''Some Gave All'' to an eventual 9× platinum sales in the US. It was also one of the key songs that revived the line-dance craze in the US, which held on for most of TheNineties. Despite "Achy Breaky Heart"'s commercial success and massive EarWorm status, most musical critics (and even other singers, most notably Travis Tritt) derided Cyrus as a one-trick pony who had nothing going for him but good looks and lightweight music that was more indebted to arena-rock and hair metal than to country. "Achy Breaky Heart" quickly became a punchline about mullets, muscles, and ripped shirts. While his other singles didn't fare as well, he still hit the country Top 10 five more times by 1994 before dropping off ''hard'' -- outside 1999's "Busy Man", nothing he put out afterward made a significant dent in the charts. However, it seemed that he was attempting to move past his now-derided image of tight jeans, vests, and a mullet in favor of a cleaner-cut image and [[CerebusSyndrome softer, more mature songs]], even to the point that he cut an album of Christian music in 2003. He also took up acting, most prominently in the [[Creator/{{Ion}} PAX]] series ''Doc'' (2001-04)...\\\
...then his daughter, Music/MileyCyrus, started having success as both a singer and actor thanks to ''Series/HannahMontana'', which also featured her dad frequently. Miley's own status as a polarizing artist, along with her father sometimes making tongue-in-cheek references to his past in-show (most notably with a song titled "I Want My Mullet Back"), only brought back memories of what a divisive artist Billy Ray was. While Billy Ray did have a momentary return to the country Top 10 with "Ready, Set, Don't Go" in late 2007-early 2008, this was almost entirely due to the song being [[RearrangeTheSong re-recorded as a duet]] with Miley (who had no other major hits at country radio) halfway through its chart run. Despite a large number of country hits, a sizeable discography of over a dozen albums, a decent acting résumé, and a daughter who (despite her own career tumults) largely avoided being [[StuckInTheirShadow stuck in her father's shadow]], Billy Ray Cyrus is seen nowadays as little more than a OneHitWonder and a punchline; as WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows put it in his "One Hit Wonderland" retrospective, "your average person couldn't tell you a damn thing about the guy that doesn't involve the words 'achy', 'breaky', or 'Miley', or 'mullet'."

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* Billy Ray Cyrus Music/BillyRayCyrus came out of nowhere in 1992 with "Achy Breaky Heart", a song that was a ''phenomenal'' crossover the likes of which CountryMusic had not seen in years: it spent five weeks at #1 on the country charts and got as high as #4 on the Hot 100, also reaching Top 5 in Australia and the UK, and boosting Cyrus's debut album ''Some Gave All'' to an eventual 9× platinum sales in the US. It was also one of the key songs that revived the line-dance craze in the US, which held on for most of TheNineties. Despite "Achy Breaky Heart"'s commercial success and massive EarWorm status, most musical critics (and even other singers, most notably Travis Tritt) derided Cyrus as a one-trick pony who had nothing going for him but good looks and lightweight music that was more indebted to arena-rock and hair metal than to country. "Achy Breaky Heart" quickly became a punchline about mullets, muscles, and ripped shirts. While his other singles didn't fare as well, he still hit the country Top 10 five more times by 1994 before dropping off ''hard'' -- outside 1999's "Busy Man", nothing he put out afterward made a significant dent in the charts. However, it seemed that he was attempting to move past his now-derided image of tight jeans, vests, and a mullet in favor of a cleaner-cut image and [[CerebusSyndrome softer, more mature songs]], even to the point that he cut an album of Christian music in 2003. He also took up acting, most prominently in the [[Creator/{{Ion}} PAX]] series ''Doc'' (2001-04)...\\\
...then his daughter, Music/MileyCyrus, started having success as both a singer and actor thanks to ''Series/HannahMontana'', which also featured her dad frequently. Miley's own status as a polarizing artist, along with her father sometimes making tongue-in-cheek references to his past in-show (most notably with a song titled "I Want My Mullet Back"), only brought back memories of what a divisive artist Billy Ray was. While Billy Ray did have a momentary return to the country Top 10 with "Ready, Set, Don't Go" in late 2007-early 2008, this was almost entirely due to the song being [[RearrangeTheSong re-recorded as a duet]] with Miley (who had no other major hits at country radio) halfway through its chart run. Despite a large number of country hits, a sizeable discography of over a dozen albums, a decent acting résumé, and a daughter who (despite her own career tumults) largely avoided being [[StuckInTheirShadow stuck in her father's shadow]], Billy Ray Cyrus is seen nowadays as little more than a OneHitWonder and a punchline; as WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows put it in his "One Hit Wonderland" retrospective, "your average person couldn't tell you a damn thing about the guy that doesn't involve the words 'achy', or 'breaky', or 'Miley', or 'mullet'."



Unfortunately, his record label, Creator/AristaRecords, had created a fake backstory about Vanilla Ice, and worst of all, Ice was being accused of plagiarism, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which he awkwardly denied]]. As it turned out, the bassline for "Ice Ice Baby" was stolen from Music/{{Queen}} and Music/DavidBowie's "Under Pressure", while "Funky Music" did not properly credit Wild Cherry's lead singer Rob Parissi as a songwriter. The original artists were then properly credited after the lawsuits were settled, at the cost of "Funky Music" being blacklisted from most radio stations. His motion picture debut, ''Film/CoolAsIce'', [[BoxOfficeBomb didn't make the Top 10 on its debut weekend]], got terrible reviews, and earned Ice a [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie]] for Worst New Star (and its soundtrack debuted at #89). All his albums since then have ''completely failed to chart anywhere''. In fact, [[http://www.mtv.com/news/1435113/vanilla-ice-explains-his-skate-rock-comeback/ the executives at Republic Records]] ''seriously'' compared his 1998 RapRock album ''Hard to Swallow'' to Creator/JohnTravolta's CareerResurrection in ''Film/PulpFiction''. He soon fell into drug addiction and at one point was nearly DrivenToSuicide, forcing him to (understandably) put his recording career on hold to focus on his mental health recovery.\\\

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Unfortunately, his record label, Creator/AristaRecords, SBK Records, had created a fake backstory about Vanilla Ice, and worst of all, Ice was being accused of plagiarism, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which he awkwardly denied]]. As it turned out, the bassline for "Ice Ice Baby" was stolen from Music/{{Queen}} and Music/DavidBowie's "Under Pressure", while "Funky Music" did not properly credit Wild Cherry's lead singer Rob Parissi as a songwriter. The original artists were then properly credited after the lawsuits were settled, at the cost of "Funky Music" being blacklisted from most radio stations. His motion picture debut, ''Film/CoolAsIce'', [[BoxOfficeBomb didn't make the Top 10 on its debut weekend]], got terrible reviews, and earned Ice a [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie]] for Worst New Star (and its soundtrack debuted at #89). All his albums since then have ''completely failed to chart anywhere''. In fact, [[http://www.mtv.com/news/1435113/vanilla-ice-explains-his-skate-rock-comeback/ the executives at Republic Records]] ''seriously'' compared his 1998 RapRock album ''Hard to Swallow'' to Creator/JohnTravolta's CareerResurrection in ''Film/PulpFiction''. He soon fell into drug addiction and at one point was nearly DrivenToSuicide, forcing him to (understandably) put his recording career on hold to focus on his mental health recovery.\\\



There was just one problem, though: the duo's members, Rob Pilatus and Fabrice "Fab" Morvan, didn't actually sing their own material on the album. Over the course of 1990, after a series of onstage lip-syncing mistakes (highlighted by a RepetitiveAudioGlitch) and an MTV interview in which they displayed a spectacularly poor grasp of the English language (much worse than on their album), rumors began to circulate that Pilatus and Morvan weren't the real singers. When their manager confessed in November 1990 that the rumors were true, there was a ''huge'' public backlash against the band, with 27 lawsuits demanding refunds being filed, their Grammy Award being revoked, and Arista Records deleting their music from their archives, putting them out of print (probably the highest-selling act to do so). Milli Vanilli's popularity collapsed overnight, and for the next several years they were only brought up as the butt of jokes by stand-up comedians. They would not make headlines again until 1998, when Pilatus was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in a hotel room. Today, Morvan has gone solo, releasing a couple of [[BetterThanItSounds surprisingly decent]] albums and singles and even [[http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/01/milli-vanilli-fab-morvan-comeback-man-who-actually-sang recording new songs with one of the original vocalists in Milli Vanilli]].

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There was just one problem, though: the duo's members, Rob Pilatus and Fabrice "Fab" Morvan, didn't actually sing their own material on the album. Over the course of 1990, after a series of onstage lip-syncing mistakes (highlighted by a RepetitiveAudioGlitch) and an MTV interview in which they displayed a spectacularly poor grasp of the English language (much worse than on their album), rumors began to circulate that Pilatus and Morvan weren't the real singers. When their manager confessed in November 1990 that the rumors were true, there was a ''huge'' public backlash against the band, with 27 lawsuits demanding refunds being filed, their Grammy Award being revoked, and Arista Records Creator/AristaRecords deleting their music from their archives, putting them out of print (probably the highest-selling act to do so). Milli Vanilli's popularity collapsed overnight, and for the next several years they were only brought up as the butt of jokes by stand-up comedians. They would not make headlines again until 1998, when Pilatus was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in a hotel room. Today, Morvan has gone solo, releasing a couple of [[BetterThanItSounds surprisingly decent]] albums and singles and even [[http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/may/01/milli-vanilli-fab-morvan-comeback-man-who-actually-sang recording new songs with one of the original vocalists in Milli Vanilli]].



Today, post-grunge is held up as a cautionary tale in what happens when you take a genre as unique as grunge and turn it into a [[MoneyDearBoy mass-produced commercial product]]. Only a few bands were able to come out of the fall unscathed and still consistently put out hits and play to decently sized audiences (though not nearly as large as in their prime), but even then, it was largely because they either incorporated elements of other genres into their sound to the point that some would say they're "[[NoTrueScotsman not really post-grunge anyway]]" or abandoned it altogether. Besides them, the scene is a graveyard full of bands that can't chart to save their lives, are stuck playing in small clubs, and are little more than SnarkBait (if they aren't completely forgotten altogether). Whenever anyone uses the term [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Butt%20Rock "butt rock"]] in a derisive fashion, they're most likely referring to post-grunge, and one would have a hard time finding a rock band formed in the 10s that plays this style, since LighterAndSofter pop/indie-inspired rock and ElectronicMusic-infused rock have become the vogue, and if a band is going to play harder-edged rock in this day and age, it will most certainly not be in the style of post-grunge.

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Today, post-grunge is held up as a cautionary tale in what happens when you take a genre as unique as grunge and turn it into a [[MoneyDearBoy mass-produced commercial product]]. Only a few bands were able managed to come out of survive the fall unscathed and still consistently put out hits and play to decently sized audiences (though not nearly as large as in their prime), but even prime). Even then, it was largely because they either those bands [[NewSoundAlbum incorporated elements of other genres into their sound sound]] to the point that some would say they're "[[NoTrueScotsman not really post-grunge anyway]]" or [[GenreShift abandoned it altogether.altogether]]. Besides them, the scene is a graveyard full of bands that can't chart to save their lives, are stuck playing in small clubs, and are little more than SnarkBait (if they aren't completely forgotten altogether). Whenever anyone uses the term [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Butt%20Rock "butt rock"]] in a derisive fashion, they're most likely referring to post-grunge, and one would have a hard time finding a rock band formed in the 10s that plays this style, since LighterAndSofter pop/indie-inspired rock and ElectronicMusic-infused rock have become the vogue, and if a band is going to play harder-edged rock in this day and age, it will most certainly not be in the style of post-grunge.



* Music/{{Creed}} was arguably the biggest band in the world around the turn of the 21st century, reaching their peak with their Diamond-selling sophomore album ''Human Clay'' in 1999. However, between frontman Scott Stapp's on- and off-stage antics and their {{Signature Song}}s "With Arms Wide Open" and "Higher" being played on a seemingly infinite loop on the radio, a backlash formed from which the band would never recover despite breakups, reunions, and follow-up albums. The tipping point came when the band performed in Chicago at the Allstate Arena in 2002. Stapp was so drunk that he could barely stand up, and he fell off the stage several times and eventually got booed off after only three songs, with many people calling it one of the absolute worst performances in the history of rock music. Creed soon broke up, and [[TheBandMinusTheFace the rest of the band members]] formed Music/AlterBridge with a different singer, and while they never reached the same level of success, they got far better reviews. Stapp's personal life, meanwhile, spiraled out of control, to the point that he was broke and living alone in a hotel for a period of time.\\\

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* Music/{{Creed}} was arguably the biggest band in the world around the turn of the 21st century, reaching their peak with their Diamond-selling sophomore album ''Human Clay'' in 1999. However, between frontman Scott Stapp's on- and off-stage antics and their {{Signature Song}}s "With Arms Wide Open" and "Higher" being played on a seemingly infinite loop on the radio, a backlash formed from which the band would never recover despite breakups, reunions, and follow-up albums. The tipping point came when the band performed in Chicago at the Allstate Arena in 2002. Stapp was so drunk that he could barely stand up, and he fell off the stage several times and eventually got booed off after only three songs, with many people calling it one of the absolute worst performances in the history of rock music. Creed soon broke up, and [[TheBandMinusTheFace the rest of the band members]] backing bandhi]] formed Music/AlterBridge with a different singer, and while they never reached the same level of success, they got far better reviews. Stapp's personal life, meanwhile, spiraled out of control, to the point that he was broke and living alone in a hotel for a period of time.\\\



While still around, Hinder has gone from being a well-drawing live act and being all over the airwaves to playing in small clubs with other has-beens and barely making the charts, and their music is viewed as emblematic of everything that was wrong with modern rock in the mid '00s and early '10s: trashy, misogynistic, childishly hedonistic, and generally moronic. When people refer to an act as "butt rock", they're talking about bands like Hinder. Also, it's [[ItWasHisSled pretty well known by now]] that "Lips of an Angel" is about a man pining for his ex despite his ''present'' girlfriend being in the next room, and saying he has to whisper even though he belts out the chorus... in other words, it's a song that's all about YourCheatingHeart. Suffice to say, Hinder is all but forgotten, and if they're even remembered at all, it's to be a punchline for being one of the worst examples of "x-rated post-grunge".

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While still around, Hinder has gone from being a well-drawing live act and being all over the airwaves to playing in small clubs with other has-beens and barely making the charts, and their music is viewed as emblematic of everything that was wrong with modern rock in the mid '00s and early '10s: trashy, misogynistic, childishly hedonistic, and generally moronic. When people refer to an act as "butt rock", they're talking about bands like Hinder. Also, it's [[ItWasHisSled pretty well known by now]] that "Lips of an Angel" is about a man pining for his ex despite his ''present'' girlfriend being in the next room, and saying he has to whisper even though he belts out the chorus... in other words, it's a song that's all about YourCheatingHeart. This becomes HarsherInHindsight when one realizes that [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5041045/Former-Hinder-singer-Austin-Winkler-accused-strangling.html Winkler is divorced, and was accused of domestic abuse by an ex-girlfriend]]. Suffice to say, Hinder is all but forgotten, and if they're even remembered at all, it's to be a punchline for being one of the worst examples of "x-rated post-grunge".
3rd Apr '18 5:24:05 AM jormis29
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* Music/{{Lonestar}} was one of the biggest CountryMusic bands of the TurnOfTheMillennium. Their first two albums were modest successes, both going gold and producing five Top 10 hits among them while forging a honky-tonk sound not too dissimilar to Music/BrooksAndDunn, with whom they shared producer Don Cook. But after losing bassist John Rich (who went on to become one half of Big & Rich), the band switched producers to Dann Huff, who gave them a bigger, lusher country-pop sound. This culminated in their 1999 smash "Amazed", which spent a massive ''eight'' weeks at #1, was named the biggest country hit of 1999 on ''Billboard'' Year-End, and also topped the Hot 100, making it the first country song to top both the country and Hot 100 charts since Music/KennyRogers and Music/DollyParton's "Islands in the Stream" in 1983. The album produced three more #1 smashes and sold triple-platinum, while their next album had another massive crossover in lead single "I'm Already There", which like "Amazed" before it, made it as high as #2 on the AC charts. A single from their first GreatestHitsAlbum, "My Front Porch Looking In", also took ''Billboard'' Year-End honors for 2003 despite only spending a single week on top. However, after that album, their fortunes began to fade at radio, with one last #1 in 2004 from "Mr. Mom" before their songs started peaking lower and lower. After two flop albums that only had one minor Top 10 hit from each of them, the band lost both its contract with BNA Records and lead singer Richie [=McDonald=]. According to guitarist Michael Britt, the band's downfall during the latter stages was due to the label [[ExecutiveMeddling constantly forcing them]] to record "family"-type songs such as "My Front Porch Looking In", "I'm Already There", and "Mr. Mom", or big-voiced, theatrical {{Power Ballad}}s in the style of "Amazed" -- an opinion shared by many critics such as Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, who wrote that the band "took fewer risks than ever" on their last BNA album. Replacing [=McDonald=] on lead vocals was Cody Collins (formerly of a short-lived country group called [=McAlyster=]), whom many critics considered a poor fit due to his weaker voice. Although [=McDonald=] returned in 2012, the band's sound continued to be stuck in lightweight fluff, and their singles have largely only been serviced to small-market stations ever since. If anything, Lonestar is known more as the band that started out strong, only to get meddled into TastesLikeDiabetes territory and never return.

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* Music/{{Lonestar}} was one of the biggest CountryMusic bands of the TurnOfTheMillennium. Their first two albums were modest successes, both going gold and producing five Top 10 hits among them while forging a honky-tonk sound not too dissimilar to Music/BrooksAndDunn, with whom they shared producer Don Cook. But after losing bassist John Rich (who went on to become one half of Big & Rich), Music/BigAndRich), the band switched producers to Dann Huff, who gave them a bigger, lusher country-pop sound. This culminated in their 1999 smash "Amazed", which spent a massive ''eight'' weeks at #1, was named the biggest country hit of 1999 on ''Billboard'' Year-End, and also topped the Hot 100, making it the first country song to top both the country and Hot 100 charts since Music/KennyRogers and Music/DollyParton's "Islands in the Stream" in 1983. The album produced three more #1 smashes and sold triple-platinum, while their next album had another massive crossover in lead single "I'm Already There", which like "Amazed" before it, made it as high as #2 on the AC charts. A single from their first GreatestHitsAlbum, "My Front Porch Looking In", also took ''Billboard'' Year-End honors for 2003 despite only spending a single week on top. However, after that album, their fortunes began to fade at radio, with one last #1 in 2004 from "Mr. Mom" before their songs started peaking lower and lower. After two flop albums that only had one minor Top 10 hit from each of them, the band lost both its contract with BNA Records and lead singer Richie [=McDonald=]. According to guitarist Michael Britt, the band's downfall during the latter stages was due to the label [[ExecutiveMeddling constantly forcing them]] to record "family"-type songs such as "My Front Porch Looking In", "I'm Already There", and "Mr. Mom", or big-voiced, theatrical {{Power Ballad}}s in the style of "Amazed" -- an opinion shared by many critics such as Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic, who wrote that the band "took fewer risks than ever" on their last BNA album. Replacing [=McDonald=] on lead vocals was Cody Collins (formerly of a short-lived country group called [=McAlyster=]), whom many critics considered a poor fit due to his weaker voice. Although [=McDonald=] returned in 2012, the band's sound continued to be stuck in lightweight fluff, and their singles have largely only been serviced to small-market stations ever since. If anything, Lonestar is known more as the band that started out strong, only to get meddled into TastesLikeDiabetes territory and never return.
28th Mar '18 12:04:25 AM jharrison3051
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* A white girl from rural Australia, Music/IggyAzalea risked everything at the young age of 16 to drop out of school and move to America in order to achieve her dream of being a rapper. Eventually, she found mentorship by none other than southern hip-hop legend Music/{{TI}}. Having overcome numerous prejudices in the world of HipHop and out, she gained a large following as she released her mixtapes and toured relentlessly. She hadn't yet become a mainstream act, but she was making numerous lists detailing the most promising upcoming rappers. While her tweets would occasionally give off some rather unfortunate vibes and she was not without a hatedom, it was well under wraps and she still had a large following, and record executives saw that she had ''massive'' amounts of crossover appeal due to her poppy hooks, EDM beats, and [[MsFanservice liberal use of sex appeal]], so they sought to turn her into the next big pop-rap star. Her song "Fancy", with guest vocalist Music/CharliXCX, quickly went viral due to its ''Film/{{Clueless}}''-spoofing video, shooting up to #1 on the ''Hot 100'' and staying there for seven weeks in 2014 (breaking the record for a female rapper set by Lil' Kim in 2001), with its music video becoming one of the most-viewed videos on [=YouTube=] that year. Its success also helped Charli use it as a launchpad to score a hit of her own with "Boom Clap", initially written for ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars'' soundtrack before [[BreakawayPopHit shedding itself of its origins]]. Also, because Azalea was featured on Music/ArianaGrande's massive #2 hit "Problem", she became part of an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_chart_achievements_and_milestones#Simultaneously_occupying_the_top_two_positions elite group of artists]] to occupy the Top 2 spots on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100 (a distinction shared with Music/TheBeatles). She soon scored many more hits on the radio and on the internet, and while "Beg for It" wasn't ''quite'' as big as "Black Widow" and "Fancy", it was enough to dominate urban radio. She was seen as the next Music/NickiMinaj (who at the time looked to be fading away), leading a renaissance for female rappers.\\\
Unfortunately, as more attention was placed on her, the more the public began to notice her flaws. Her ongoing feud with the similarly-named Music/AzealiaBanks (who herself would end up being OvershadowedByControversy due to [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment things that we really don't need to talk about]]) reached ridiculous levels, her near-overblown [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Pretty Fly For A White Gal]] persona earned her accusations of cultural appropriation, and her aforementioned tweets got more attention from the public. Not helping matters was her complete inability to freestyle, which she showed on live television, and the revelation that "Fancy"'s massive success was due to [[AdoredByTheNetwork the media's attempt to turn her]] [[WolverinePublicity into the new face of hip-hop]] (Creator/ClearChannel [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/07/15/clear-channels-on-the-verge-program-helped-make-iggy-azalea-a-star-heres-how-it-works/ forced their stations to play the song at least 150 times a week]]). It also gave a bad impression to people when she was starting to be marketed more as a pop star than an actual rapper. In addition, it later emerged that she [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IosP8iSnwNk didn't originally rap]], but instead ''sang'', and likely switched to rapping due to how bad she was at singing, making some question her claims that she moved to America to be a rapper. By that point, the hatred was beginning to catch on with the mainstream. Whereas Minaj has managed to maintain a consistently successful career despite also being well-hated by many, Azalea began to show real signs of trouble starting with, fittingly enough, her single "Trouble" featuring Jennifer Hudson, which failed to chart beyond #67. Her cameo and song appearances in the otherwise well-liked ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Furious 7]]'' were also criticized. The real kicker was "Pretty Girls", her collaboration with Music/BritneySpears, which flopped hard despite being hyped as the "next song to tear up the ''Hot 100''", the general consensus being that it was a [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks boring retread of "Fancy"]] (a complaint also held against "Beg for It"). Apparently, the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative oddly-specific style]] of "electro-hip-pop songs with music videos homaging chick flicks" could only be done so many times before it got stale. Soon afterward, it was announced that her ''Great Escape'' concert tour, which was to be her first tour as an arena-sized act, was canceled for "unknown reasons" (read: only a third of tickets were being sold). In 2017, her attempt at a comeback failed when "Mo Bounce" fell short of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #117. Unhappy with her time on Def Jam, Universal Music (which owns Def Jam) transferred Azalea to Island Records, where she expects to release a new second album, ''Surviving the Summer'', on 2018. That album's lead single, "Savior", also underperformed, only managing to bubble under. \\\
Once one of the most promising rappers (not just white or female) on the market, Iggy Azalea has become so widely hated in such a short amount of time that people find it hard to believe she was once considered inspirational. Her fall from grace [[http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/2015/03/is-iggy-azalea-the-female-vanilla-ice/ has been compared to]] that of Music/VanillaIce. Nicki Minaj is still going strong, but Azalea is primarily known derisively as "that white Australian girl who pretends to be a ghetto chick from Atlanta". Despite her attempts at repairing her reputation, it has sunk to the point where her second album ''Digital Distortion'' wound up being scrapped after many {{Schedule Slip}}s and flop singles in favor of a new one. Nowadays, the general consensus of her music is that it's generic electro-pop-rap with an annoying fake auto-tuned voice and that her previous success with "Fancy" and "Black Widow" was a fluke, and Azalea herself is viewed as a manufactured, phony, idiotic, and culture-appropriating {{jerkass}}.
14th Mar '18 8:54:34 PM Twentington
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* Music/TobyKeith was a big name in CountryMusic for many years. His 1993 debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy" was one of the biggest country hits of TheNineties, and his first four albums for various divisions of Creator/MercuryRecords were all uniformly successful. But after a label dispute, he quit Mercury in 1999 and signed with the then-new Creator/DreamWorks Records, whose Nashville branch was headed by his then-producer James Stroud. His second [=DreamWorks=] single, "How Do You Like Me Now?!" went on to become the biggest country hit of 2000, spending five weeks at #1 on the country airplay charts and bringing him to the Top 40 of the Hot 100 for the first time. He ended up releasing five albums for [=DreamWorks=] between 1999 and the label's closure in 2005, with all five producing a near-endless string of smash hits and, for the first time in his career, multi-platinum sales. The increase in hits was not without controversy, however, as some fans derided him for beginning to include more macho posturing in his material (such as "How Do You Like Me Now?!" and the CountryRap "I Wanna Talk About Me"). He also inspired further divisiveness with his [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror post-9/11 release]] "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)", which some felt was too over-the-top in its PatrioticFervor (and the subject of a highly publicized feud with Natalie Maines of the Music/DixieChicks). Despite this, he remained a major draw at radio, and seamlessly moved to his own Show Dog label after [=DreamWorks=] Records closed.\\\
But after a while, his radio momentum began to slow, as he was tending to cut his singles' chart runs short in order to release one album per year -- a move that made no sense in an era where the singles charts move much slower than they did in TheNineties. Nor was he helping himself by choosing questionable singles such as the novelty songs "She's a Hottie", "Every Dog Has Its Day", and "Trailerhood". Despite his fortunes fading slightly at radio, he was still a big moneymaker thanks to the Show Dog label (which merged with the existing Universal South label to become Show Dog-Universal), a line of mezcal, and the restaurant chain Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. He seemed to hit a new high in 2011 with "Red Solo Cup", which was not originally intended as a single but quickly went viral due to its quirky and cameo-heavy music video, netting him his highest entry on the Hot 100. However, his momentum quickly fizzled out after that, as he chose to release a set of alcohol-themed singles after that in hopes of recapturing the same magic that "Solo" did. This culminated in his album ''35 MPH Town'' producing his worst-performing streak of hit singles to date, and its followup never even materializing due to its intended lead single coming nowhere close to the country top 40. Meanwhile, I Love This Bar & Grill was coming unraveled due to a myriad of franchise issues, causing many locations to close and many more planned locations to stop construction abruptly. The Show Dog-Universal merger only seemed to drag down Universal South's existing roster of artists thanks to InvisibleAdvertising and poor single choices.\\\

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* Music/TobyKeith was a big name in CountryMusic for many years. His 1993 debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy" was a #1 smash on the country charts and remained one of the biggest most popular country hits of TheNineties, and the entire decade. For the next five years, he was clearly a rising star: his first four three albums for various were all certified platinum and the fourth was certified gold, and all but two of his first fifteen singles had made Top 10 on the country charts. Even more impressively, he had survived a label shakeup that eliminated two different divisions of Creator/MercuryRecords were all uniformly successful. Creator/MercuryRecords, thus causing every single off his third album to be distributed by a different division. But after a label dispute, in 1998, he quit approached Mercury in 1999 with songs for an intended fifth album; they rejected the batch of songs except for two, which were slapped onto a GreatestHitsAlbum, and asked him to try again. When his next batch of songs was also rejected, he exited his contract and signed with to the then-new Creator/DreamWorks Records, Creator/DreamWorksRecords, whose Nashville branch was headed by his then-producer James Stroud. His second Although his first [=DreamWorks=] single, single flopped, he insisted that it be withdrawn in favor of "How Do You Like Me Now?!", one of the songs that Mercuy had rejected. Despite a slow start on the charts, "How Do You Like Me Now?!" went on to become a five-week #1 hit on the country charts, the biggest country hit of 2000, spending five weeks at #1 on the country airplay charts and bringing him to the his first Top 40 of entry on the Hot 100 for the first time. 100. He ended up releasing amassed five albums for [=DreamWorks=] between 1999 and the label's closure in 2005, with all five producing a near-endless string of smash hits and, for the first time in his career, multi-platinum sales. The increase in hits was not without controversy, however, as some fans derided him for beginning to include more macho posturing in his material (such as "How Do You Like Me Now?!" and the CountryRap "I Wanna Talk About Me"). He also inspired further divisiveness with his [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror post-9/11 release]] "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)", which some felt was too over-the-top in its PatrioticFervor (and the subject of a highly publicized feud with Natalie Maines of the Music/DixieChicks). Despite this, the pushback over his new image, he remained a major draw at radio, and seamlessly moved to his own Show Dog label after [=DreamWorks=] Records closed.\\\
But after a while, his radio momentum began to slow, as he was tending to cut his singles' chart runs short in order to release one album per year -- a move that made no sense in an era where the singles charts move much slower than they did in TheNineties. Nor was he helping himself by choosing questionable singles such as the novelty songs "She's a Hottie", "Every Dog Has Its Day", and "Trailerhood". Despite his fortunes fading slightly at radio, he was still a big moneymaker thanks to the Show Dog label (which later merged with the existing Universal South label to become Show Dog-Universal), a line of mezcal, and the restaurant chain Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill. He seemed to hit a new high in 2011 with "Red Solo Cup", which was not originally intended as a single but quickly went viral due to its quirky and cameo-heavy music video, netting him his highest entry on the Hot 100. However, his momentum quickly fizzled out after that, as he chose to release a set of alcohol-themed singles after that in hopes of recapturing the same magic that "Solo" did. This culminated in his album ''35 MPH Town'' producing his worst-performing streak of hit singles to date, and its followup never even materializing due to its intended lead single coming nowhere close to the country top 40. Meanwhile, I Love This Bar & Grill was coming unraveled due to a myriad of franchise issues, causing many locations to close and many more planned locations to stop construction abruptly. The Show Dog-Universal merger only seemed to drag down Universal South's existing roster of artists thanks to InvisibleAdvertising and poor single choices.choices (although both Joe Nichols and Randy Houser managed to have brief resurgences when they both moved to Broken Bow Records).\\\
14th Mar '18 8:38:51 PM Twentington
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Then came their fourth album, ''The Incredible Machine'', in 2010. While its lead single, the [[EarWorm insanely catchy]] "Stuck Like Glue", was a massive crossover and their highest-selling digital single, the album itself was met with mixed reception for its increasing acoustic-pop and arena-rock influences mixed with LighterAndSofter lyrics (elements that were starting to show on ''Love on the Inside''). The critcism of the duo straying too far from its country roots was only exacerbated through collaborations with Music/{{Rihanna}} and Matt Nathanson. "Tonight", the final single from the album, became their worst-performing single. The final nail in the coffin, however, wasn't anything related to the band's music or their members' behaviors, but rather ''bad weather'', as just before their performance at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011, a stage collapsed in high winds, killing seven and injuring 58. The duo were held as [[TheScapegoat scapegoats]] for the accident and found themselves at the head of several lawsuits, ultimately resulting in them paying a large chunk of settlements. After a small tour and a cut on the soundtrack to ''Film/ActOfValor'', they went on hiatus in 2012 due in part to Jennifer's pregnancy. Both members have continued to record solo material during the hiatus, but neither has been able to gain much traction independently, either. Sugarland's legacy anymore seems to be that of an act that started out strongly, only to grow too [[GenreRoulette experimental]] and too reliant on style over substance -- or worse, as the band who saw their careers "[[{{Pun}} blown away]]" by an unfortunate weather occurrence they had nothing to do with. Also damning is the fact that, since they went off the rails, no other duo has risen to take their place (though many have tried). Sugarland released a comeback single titled "Still the Same" in December 2016.

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Then came their fourth album, ''The Incredible Machine'', in 2010. While its lead single, the [[EarWorm insanely catchy]] "Stuck Like Glue", was a massive crossover and their highest-selling digital single, the album itself was met with mixed reception for its increasing acoustic-pop and arena-rock influences mixed with LighterAndSofter lyrics (elements that were starting to show on ''Love on the Inside''). The critcism of the duo straying too far from its country roots was only exacerbated through collaborations with Music/{{Rihanna}} and Matt Nathanson. "Tonight", the final single from the album, became their worst-performing single. The final nail in the coffin, however, wasn't anything related to the band's music or their members' behaviors, but rather ''bad weather'', as just before their performance at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011, a stage collapsed in high winds, killing seven and injuring 58. The duo were held as [[TheScapegoat scapegoats]] for the accident and found themselves at the head of several lawsuits, ultimately resulting in them paying a large chunk of settlements. After a small tour and a cut on the soundtrack to ''Film/ActOfValor'', they went on hiatus in 2012 due in part to Jennifer's pregnancy. Both members have continued to record solo material during the hiatus, but neither has been able to gain much traction independently, either. Sugarland's legacy anymore seems to be that of an act that started out strongly, only to grow too [[GenreRoulette experimental]] and too reliant on style over substance -- or worse, as the band who saw their careers "[[{{Pun}} blown away]]" by an unfortunate weather occurrence they had nothing to do with. Also damning is the fact that, since they went off the rails, no other duo has risen to take their place (though many have tried). Sugarland released a comeback single titled "Still the Same" in December 2016.
2016, but almost no one seemed to notice.
2nd Mar '18 6:07:45 PM HighCrate
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* Ashley Tisdale was once a linchpin of Disney. She got her start on The Suite Lifeof Zackand Cody, and later went onto portray Sharpay in the High School Musical series. Both of which proved so successful, that it landed in several film roles such as Picture This and Aliensinthe Attic. She was such a big name that she was recruited to play Candace on Phineasand Ferb, which was her first leading role in an animated series. This would transpire to her launching her music career, where despite the mixed reviews from critics, sold really well and made her one of the biggest Disney Channel stars of the 2000s, along with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
** Her momentum continued into the early years of The New '10s, with having guest roles on Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Sonsof Anarchy and Raising Hope and starring in a spin off of her iconic character called "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" and despite slight controversy from a photoshoot in 2011, it did very little to slow her down. In 2013, things began to take a downward spiral for her. Scary Movie 5, of which she played the main lead, bombed critically and financially and was met with negative reviews. Around the same time, she posed for a Maxim shoot, which caused heavy backlash and ire from fans. Adding insult to injury, she started posting racy pictures on her social media, which included her wearing a G string and a bikini, and flipping the bird, which in turn disgusted her fans and they abandoned ship. In 2015, "Clipped", which featured her in a starring role aired on TBS, but was bombarded with negative reviews citing the series as "lowbrow, mediocre and badly put together" and had been cancelled after a season. These days, the only movies Ashley Tisdale seems to be in are low budget direct to DVD and digital movies. The only roles that of her's that are even remotely critically acclaimed now are Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb and Stealth Elf from Skylanders Academy, and those stem from her voice acting. Needless to say, Ashley Tisdale went from being an A list actress to being a B list actress in the span of a decade.

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* Ashley Tisdale was once a linchpin of Disney. She got her start on The Suite Lifeof Zackand Cody, and later went onto portray Sharpay in the High School Musical series. Both of which proved so successful, that it landed in several film roles such as Picture This and Aliensinthe Attic. She was such a big name that she was recruited to play Candace on Phineasand Ferb, which was her first leading role in an animated series. This would transpire to her launching her music career, where despite the mixed reviews from critics, sold really well and made her one of the biggest Disney Channel stars of the 2000s, along with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
** Her momentum continued into the early years of The New '10s, with having guest roles on Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Sonsof Anarchy and Raising Hope and starring in a spin off of her iconic character called "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" and despite slight controversy from a photoshoot in 2011, it did very little to slow her down. In 2013, things began to take a downward spiral for her. Scary Movie 5, of which she played the main lead, bombed critically and financially and was met with negative reviews. Around the same time, she posed for a Maxim shoot, which caused heavy backlash and ire from fans. Adding insult to injury, she started posting racy pictures on her social media, which included her wearing a G string and a bikini, and flipping the bird, which in turn disgusted her fans and they abandoned ship. In 2015, "Clipped", which featured her in a starring role aired on TBS, but was bombarded with negative reviews citing the series as "lowbrow, mediocre and badly put together" and had been cancelled after a season. These days, the only movies Ashley Tisdale seems to be in are low budget direct to DVD and digital movies. The only roles that of her's that are even remotely critically acclaimed now are Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb and Stealth Elf from Skylanders Academy, and those stem from her voice acting. Needless to say, Ashley Tisdale went from being an A list actress to being a B list actress in the span of a decade.

2nd Mar '18 4:53:24 PM IEatABarkTree
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* Ashley Tisdale was once a linchpin of Disney. She got her start on The Suite Lifeof Zackand Cody, and later went onto portray Sharpay in the High School Musical series. Both of which proved so successful, that it landed in several film roles such as Picture This and Aliensinthe Attic. She was such a big name that she was recruited to play Candace on Phineasand Ferb, which was her first leading role in an animated series. This would transpire to her launching her music career, where despite the mixed reviews from critics, sold really well and made her one of the biggest Disney Channel stars of the 2000s, along with Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
** Her momentum continued into the early years of The New '10s, with having guest roles on Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Sonsof Anarchy and Raising Hope and starring in a spin off of her iconic character called "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" and despite slight controversy from a photoshoot in 2011, it did very little to slow her down. In 2013, things began to take a downward spiral for her. Scary Movie 5, of which she played the main lead, bombed critically and financially and was met with negative reviews. Around the same time, she posed for a Maxim shoot, which caused heavy backlash and ire from fans. Adding insult to injury, she started posting racy pictures on her social media, which included her wearing a G string and a bikini, and flipping the bird, which in turn disgusted her fans and they abandoned ship. In 2015, "Clipped", which featured her in a starring role aired on TBS, but was bombarded with negative reviews citing the series as "lowbrow, mediocre and badly put together" and had been cancelled after a season. These days, the only movies Ashley Tisdale seems to be in are low budget direct to DVD and digital movies. The only roles that of her's that are even remotely critically acclaimed now are Candace Flynn from Phineas and Ferb and Stealth Elf from Skylanders Academy, and those stem from her voice acting. Needless to say, Ashley Tisdale went from being an A list actress to being a B list actress in the span of a decade.
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