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24th Sep '16 1:14:57 PM HighCrate
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* The Music/JonasBrothers (consisting of brothers [[BandOfRelatives Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas]]) were ''the'' face (well, the first one) of the BoyBand revival movement. Sponsored (though ''not'' manufactured) by Disney, they scored a massive following with young girls with their [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys good looks]] and their [[PaperThinDisguise supposed premise of being a pop punk band]]. Songs like "SOS" and "Burnin' Up" were huge hits on the pop charts, and they were able to sell over 18 million albums worldwide in just a couple of years. Their surprising loss to little-known British singer Music/{{Adele}} for the Best New Artist Grammy caused a massive fan backlash. They also took part in acting on the Disney Channel, starring in ''Film/CampRock'' alongside Music/DemiLovato, and they eventually got their own show called ''Jonas'', and later ''Jonas L.A.''.\\\
Unfortunately for them, they built up such a massive hatedom on the internet right from the get-go that they could have been described as the late-'00s version of Music/NSync. On forums, they were treated with nothing but scorn and were subject to constant ridicule in many parodies. This would come back to bite them ''hard'', since the girls that flocked to them grew older or left them for the fast-rising Music/JustinBieber. This left only the hatedom to remain. Touring eventually died down because no one wanted to see them, ''Jonas L.A.'' was unceremoniously cancelled due to low ratings, and they faded into near-obscurity. And by then, even their hatedom had shifted their focus over to Bieber. In 2013, they released their first single in years, "Pom Poms," in hopes of reclaiming the crown they lost to Bieber, but by then it was too late, as even ''he'' wasn't the reigning idol anymore. On top of the world now was a new face of the BoyBand movement -- Music/OneDirection. That October, they broke up for good, but the response averted AndThereWasMuchRejoicing -- by that point, they had long since been irrelevant to the extent where most people didn't even know about it. And as for the woman who upset them at the Grammys? She became a much bigger star than they ever were, and now that's the only year where there was more unanimous agreement the right act won the award since 1965 when Music/TheBeatles triumphed.\\\
There was actually a happy ending for two of the members. FaceOfTheBand Music/NickJonas has since gone on a solo career with a mature ContemporaryRAndB sound that has [[GenreShift nothing in common with what the Jonas Brothers sounded like]], scored ''Billboard'' hits such as "Jealous" and "Chains", and has found success in acting, starring in the drama series ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' and the horror-comedy ''Series/ScreamQueens2015''. However, he has been ''very'' careful to distance himself from his involvement with Disney and the Jonas Brothers. Music/JoeJonas has also had a fair bit of success. In 2015, he formed a new band called DNCE with former Jonas Brothers touring members, namely Jack Lawless on drums and [=JinJoo=] Lee on guitar, as well as Cole Whittle of Semi Precious Weapons on bass. They have a funky disco sound and visited the Top 10 in 2016 with "Cake by the Ocean". Only time will tell if they will be thought of as a OneHitWonder. As for Kevin Jonas? [[StuckInTheirShadow He wasn't so lucky]]. As it stands, the Jonas Brothers are seen as yet another victim of the Disney Star Machine that has been going on for at least 60 years, forgotten by even their former fans. It's unlikely that they'll ever reform, as the band has been basically [[OldShame disowned]] by the members themselves.

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* The Music/JonasBrothers (consisting of brothers [[BandOfRelatives Nick, Kevin, and Joe Jonas]]) were ''the'' face (well, the first one) of the BoyBand revival movement. Sponsored (though ''not'' manufactured) by Disney, they scored a massive following with young girls with their [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys good looks]] and their [[PaperThinDisguise supposed premise of being a pop punk band]].girls. Songs like "SOS" and "Burnin' Up" were huge hits on the pop charts, and they were able to sell over 18 million albums worldwide in just a couple of years. Their surprising loss to little-known British singer Music/{{Adele}} for the Best New Artist Grammy caused a massive fan backlash. They also took part in acting on the Disney Channel, starring in ''Film/CampRock'' alongside Music/DemiLovato, and they eventually got their own show called ''Jonas'', and later ''Jonas L.A.''.\\\
Unfortunately for them, they also built up such a massive hatedom on the internet right from the get-go that they could have been described as the late-'00s version of Music/NSync. On forums, they were treated with nothing but scorn get-go, and were subject to constant ridicule in many parodies. This would come back to bite them ''hard'', since as the girls that flocked to them grew older or left them for the fast-rising Music/JustinBieber. This left moved on to other things, eventually only the hatedom to remain. remained. Touring eventually died down because no one wanted to see them, them and ''Jonas L.A.'' was unceremoniously cancelled due to low ratings, and ratings. Before long they faded into near-obscurity. And by then, even their hatedom had shifted their focus over to Bieber. In 2013, they released their first single in years, "Pom Poms," in hopes of reclaiming the crown they lost to Bieber, but by then it was too late, as even ''he'' wasn't the reigning idol anymore. On top of the world now was a new face of the BoyBand movement -- Music/OneDirection. That October, they broke up for good, but the response averted AndThereWasMuchRejoicing -- by that point, they had long since been irrelevant to the extent where most people didn't even know about it. And as for the woman who upset them at the Grammys? She became a much bigger star than they ever were, and now that's the were known only year where there was more unanimous agreement the right act won the award since 1965 when Music/TheBeatles triumphed.\\\
There was actually
as a happy ending for two of the members. FaceOfTheBand Music/NickJonas has since gone on a solo career with a mature ContemporaryRAndB sound that has [[GenreShift nothing joke in common with what the Jonas Brothers sounded like]], scored ''Billboard'' hits spoofs such as "Jealous" and "Chains", and has found success Recap/SouthParkS13E1TheRing, in acting, starring in the drama series ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'' and the horror-comedy ''Series/ScreamQueens2015''. However, he has been ''very'' careful to distance himself from his involvement with Disney and the Jonas Brothers. Music/JoeJonas has also had a fair bit of success. In 2015, he formed a new band called DNCE with former Jonas Brothers touring members, namely Jack Lawless on drums and [=JinJoo=] Lee on guitar, as well as Cole Whittle of Semi Precious Weapons on bass. They have a funky disco sound and visited the Top 10 in 2016 with "Cake by the Ocean". Only time will tell if they will be thought of which they're depicted as a OneHitWonder. As for Kevin Jonas? [[StuckInTheirShadow He wasn't so lucky]]. As it stands, manufactured and disposable group under the Jonas Brothers are seen as yet another victim thumb of the Disney Star Machine that has been going on for at least 60 years, forgotten corporation as personified by even their former fans. It's unlikely that they'll ever reform, as the band has been basically [[OldShame disowned]] by the members themselves.a corrupt and evil Mickey Mouse.
24th Sep '16 12:16:44 PM HighCrate
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* The Music/SpiceGirls were one of the few British pop groups between TheEighties and TheNewTens to successfully cross ThePond and make it big in the United States. At their peak from 1996 to 1998, they were ''everywhere''. "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life" were inescapable, "Girl Power" was the slogan of a whole generation of tween girls, and the movie ''Film/SpiceWorld'' was an inexplicable blockbuster hit (albeit a ''huge'' critical disaster). Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s article on them refers to that period of time, unironically, as [[Music/TheBeatles "Spicemania"]]. They remain the highest-selling GirlGroup of all time even after their backlash...and oh, what a backlash. By 2000 Geri Halliwell was long gone from the group, their album ''Forever'' was shaping up to be nothing short of a disappointment, and all of the remaining members were pursuing solo careers. Today, the band is chiefly remembered for its campiness and flamboyance, and its members are better known for their work and lives after the Spice Girls, though they almost always still have "Former Spice Girl" attached to their name at some point. The only ones to remain in the public eye (outside the UK at least) are Victoria Adams, who married soccer player David Beckham, and Melanie Brown, who is a judge on ''Series/AmericasGotTalent''.
24th Sep '16 8:52:08 AM HighCrate
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* Music/ComedianHarmonists: Back between 1928 and 1933 they were one of the most popular groups in the world, attracting audiences in the USA as well as in Europe with their amazing harmony singing. But unfortunately, in 1933 UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler took over Germany and the band, which had two Jewish members, was forced to disband. All members survived UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, but they never reunited, causing them to fade away in obscurity until the 1970s. They enjoyed a small revival in the German-speaking world, garnering some celebrity fans such as Creator/MattGroening and Creator/ArtSpiegelman as well as a 1997 {{Biopic}} based on their amazing career, but they still remain a band that is obscure to this day. Seeing that harmony singing has never had much of a revival and [[AllGermansAreNazis German lyrics bring up unfortunate associations]] to most non-German listeners, it doesn't seem that they will regain their popularity soon.
%%* Canadian EDM duo DVBBS were never the biggest names on the dance scene, but they were able to make a name for themselves in 2013 with "Tsunami", their collaboration with American DJ Borgeous, topped the charts in Belgium and the Netherlands and scored top ten placings in various other European countries. They even got a #1 hit in the United Kingdom when a version with vocals from Tinie Tempah was released. While they never had another huge hit anywhere, they still remained a popular cult act on the scene. However, in July 2016, the duo was arrested at a Hungarian concert after six girls were found unconscious in their dressing rooms. Even though the only evidence found was them using marijuana, the controversy quickly destroyed their image, as people feared that there may have been assault or rape involved, and they were dropped from another Hungarian festival set to start a month later. Not helping matters is the fact that one of the members attacked Kesha over her rape allegations towards Dr. Luke.
* The girl group G.R.L. could be described as the 21st-century equivalent to Music/TheBigBopper. Primed to be the SpiritualSuccessor to the Pussycat Dolls, they were featured on Pitbull's hit "Wild Wild Love" and on ''Film/TheSmurfs2'' soundtrack, and had a minor international hit on their own in the song "Ugly Heart". Unfortunately, group member Simone Battle hanged herself just two months after their debut EP was released, and that destroyed the hype leading up to their full-length album, which never even got released. They released one more single, "Lighthouse" (which was a dud), before breaking up. Like the aforementioned Big Bopper and Music/BlindMelon before them, DeadArtistsAreBetter never really kicked in for G.R.L., and they quickly faded into obscurity, having only a handful of material recorded during their lifespan. Today, the only thing G.R.L. is remembered for is for the suicide.
24th Sep '16 7:49:10 AM HighCrate
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* While never overly popular, Anita Bryant had a notable career in music during the 1960s. Come the '70s, she became better-known as a vocal, pretentious HeteronormativeCrusader. This killed any chance of future interest in Bryant's music. Fans of her music today are extremely rare, even among elderly people, to the point where many people now are unaware that she was once a singer. Maybe she should have stuck to music...
* During the mid-late '90s, Music/{{Jewel}} was one of the premier adult alternative performers, with her debut album ''Pieces Of You'' being one of the very few debuts to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome reach]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Diamond]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome certification]] in the [=US.=] While the subsequent albums ''Spirit'' and ''This Way'' weren't quite as successful, they sold very well and spawned several songs (i.e, "Standing Still") that played in regular rotation on Creator/{{MTV}} and hot AC radio. Unfortunately, her [[GenreShift switch to a more dance-pop-oriented style]] on her fourth album ''0304'', particularly the licensing of its song "Intuition" (a massive TakeThat at commercialism) for use in Schick razor commercials, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks caused a major fan backlash]] and put a massive dent in her career that she was never really able to recover from. While she's found some success performing children's music and soft country, the commercial performance of her post-''0304'' work has not come close to matching that of her work in the '90s and early-2000s.
23rd Sep '16 9:09:39 AM KizunaTallis
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* In 2002, Music/AvrilLavigne burst onto the scene at only 17 years old with her Top 10 hits "Complicated", "[=Sk8er=] Boi", and "I'm With You", which propelled her album ''Let Go'' to 6x platinum status. Lavigne quickly became the face of a movement of singers/songwriters rebelling against the sugary pop peddled by the likes of Britney Spears (to the point that she was called the "anti-Britney") and was viewed as a SpiritualSuccessor of sorts to Alanis Morissette. She had built a reputation as a [[{{Tsundere}} girl with an attitude, but also with a sweet spot on the inside]], with her combination of rock and PopPunk with mainstream sensibilities giving her a large magnitude of teenage fans, girls and boys alike. Not only that, she also built up a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff large following in Asia, especially Japan]]. In 2004, she released the DarkerAndEdgier ''Under My Skin'', which was also a massive success and spawned the hit "My Happy Ending". She even tried her hand at acting in a number of films, such as ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' and the film adaptation of ''Fast Food Nation''. Her popularity as an artist peaked in 2007 when she released "Girlfriend", which became her first song to hit #1 on the Hot 100. Its music video was, for a time, the most-viewed video on [=YouTube=], and its parent album ''The Best Damn Thing'' was the best-selling album of 2007.\\\

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* In 2002, Music/AvrilLavigne burst onto the scene at only 17 years old with her Top 10 hits "Complicated", "[=Sk8er=] Boi", and "I'm With You", which propelled her album ''Let Go'' to 6x platinum status. Lavigne quickly became the face of a movement of singers/songwriters rebelling against the sugary "manufactured" pop and sexual images peddled by the likes of Britney Spears (to the point that she was called the "anti-Britney") and was viewed as a SpiritualSuccessor of sorts to Alanis Morissette. She had built a reputation as a [[{{Tsundere}} girl with an attitude, but also with a sweet spot on the inside]], with her combination of rock and PopPunk with mainstream sensibilities giving her a large magnitude of teenage fans, girls and boys alike. Not only that, she also built up a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff large following in Asia, especially Japan]]. In 2004, she released the DarkerAndEdgier ''Under My Skin'', which was also a massive success and spawned the hit "My Happy Ending". She even tried her hand at acting in a number of films, such as ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' and the film adaptation of ''Fast Food Nation''. Her popularity as an artist peaked in 2007 when she released "Girlfriend", which became her first song to hit #1 on the Hot 100. Its music video was, for a time, the most-viewed video on [=YouTube=], and its parent album ''The Best Damn Thing'' was the best-selling album of 2007.\\\
23rd Sep '16 8:59:58 AM KizunaTallis
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* Branch's contemporary and successor Music/AvrilLavigne suffered a similar fate. In 2002, she burst onto the scene at only 17 years old with her Top 10 hits "Complicated", "[=Sk8er=] Boi", and "I'm With You", which propelled her album ''Let Go'' to 6x platinum status. Already, she had more success through her first album alone than Branch had in her entire career, making her viewed as Morissette's true successor. She had built a reputation as a [[{{Tsundere}} girl with an attitude, but also with a sweet spot on the inside]], with her combination of rock and PopPunk with mainstream sensibilities giving her a large magnitude of teenage fans, girls and boys alike. Not only that, she also built up a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff large following in Asia, especially Japan]]. In 2004, she released the DarkerAndEdgier ''Under My Skin'', which was also a massive success and spawned the hit "My Happy Ending". She even tried her hand at acting in a number of films, such as ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' and the film adaptation of ''Fast Food Nation''. Her popularity as an artist peaked in 2007 when she released "Girlfriend", which became her first song to hit #1 on the Hot 100. Its music video was, for a time, the most-viewed video on [=YouTube=], and its parent album ''The Best Damn Thing'' was the best-selling album of 2007.\\\

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* Branch's contemporary and successor In 2002, Music/AvrilLavigne suffered a similar fate. In 2002, she burst onto the scene at only 17 years old with her Top 10 hits "Complicated", "[=Sk8er=] Boi", and "I'm With You", which propelled her album ''Let Go'' to 6x platinum status. Already, Lavigne quickly became the face of a movement of singers/songwriters rebelling against the sugary pop peddled by the likes of Britney Spears (to the point that she had more success through her first album alone than Branch had in her entire career, making her was called the "anti-Britney") and was viewed as Morissette's true successor.a SpiritualSuccessor of sorts to Alanis Morissette. She had built a reputation as a [[{{Tsundere}} girl with an attitude, but also with a sweet spot on the inside]], with her combination of rock and PopPunk with mainstream sensibilities giving her a large magnitude of teenage fans, girls and boys alike. Not only that, she also built up a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff large following in Asia, especially Japan]]. In 2004, she released the DarkerAndEdgier ''Under My Skin'', which was also a massive success and spawned the hit "My Happy Ending". She even tried her hand at acting in a number of films, such as ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' and the film adaptation of ''Fast Food Nation''. Her popularity as an artist peaked in 2007 when she released "Girlfriend", which became her first song to hit #1 on the Hot 100. Its music video was, for a time, the most-viewed video on [=YouTube=], and its parent album ''The Best Damn Thing'' was the best-selling album of 2007.\\\



* The revolving door of female pop-rockers in the early-mid '00s that started with Michelle Branch continued with Music/AshleeSimpson. She was billed as an [[DarkerAndEdgier edgier]] version of her big sister Music/{{Jessica|Simpson}}, and was expected to follow her and Lavigne's footsteps to become a major pop star. Her first album, ''Autobiography'', went triple platinum. Then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RrLAgi_mBY her disastrous performance]] on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in October 2004, where she was [[ThatSyncingFeeling caught lip-syncing]] when her band started playing the wrong song, followed by an embarrassing "hoe-down" when she [[OhCrap realized what was happening]] lowered people's opinions of her, though she still had three more hit songs following the incident. Then that was followed by an equally disastrous half-time performance at the Orange Bowl a few months later (in which she ''was'' singing live, [[DreadfulMusician and it showed]]), Ashlee's music career was all but over. Her following album, 2005's ''I Am Me'', sold far less than ''Autobiography'' and didn't even reach the platinum mark, and she only released one more album after that, the commercial bomb ''Bittersweet World'' in 2008. She's had a bit more success as an actress, playing Violet Foster on the short-lived ''Series/MelrosePlace'' SequelSeries and Roxie Hart in Broadway and West End productions of ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', but when she's brought up today (outside the tabloids), it's usually in the same breath as Music/MilliVanilli, as the punchline of jokes about lip-syncing and manufactured pop stars.

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* The revolving door of female pop-rockers in the early-mid '00s that started with Michelle Branch included Avril Lavigne continued with Music/AshleeSimpson. She was billed as an [[DarkerAndEdgier edgier]] version of her big sister Music/{{Jessica|Simpson}}, and was expected to follow her and Lavigne's footsteps to become a major pop star. Her first album, ''Autobiography'', went triple platinum. Then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RrLAgi_mBY her disastrous performance]] on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in October 2004, where she was [[ThatSyncingFeeling caught lip-syncing]] when her band started playing the wrong song, followed by an embarrassing "hoe-down" when she [[OhCrap realized what was happening]] lowered people's opinions of her, though she still had three more hit songs following the incident. Then that was followed by an equally disastrous half-time performance at the Orange Bowl a few months later (in which she ''was'' singing live, [[DreadfulMusician and it showed]]), Ashlee's music career was all but over. Her following album, 2005's ''I Am Me'', sold far less than ''Autobiography'' and didn't even reach the platinum mark, and she only released one more album after that, the commercial bomb ''Bittersweet World'' in 2008. She's had a bit more success as an actress, playing Violet Foster on the short-lived ''Series/MelrosePlace'' SequelSeries and Roxie Hart in Broadway and West End productions of ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'', but when she's brought up today (outside the tabloids), it's usually in the same breath as Music/MilliVanilli, as the punchline of jokes about lip-syncing and manufactured pop stars.
22nd Sep '16 12:30:24 PM Furienna
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* Liberace, the flamboyant piano player, was one of the most popular and highest paid music performers of TheFifties. He was especially popular among teenage girls who [[{{Squee}} swooned]] over him the way their big sisters used to swoon over the young Music/FrankSinatra. His popularity extended well into TheSixties, as a pleasant alternative to [[RockAndRoll rock 'n' roll]]. Most popular non-rock and non-Creator/{{Motown}} music performers of the '50s and '60s are forgotten today, but not Liberace, oh no. He's still remembered, all right... as a ridiculously {{camp}} figure, a joke on that era's cluelessness of his ''[[TransparentCloset obvious]]'' [[TransparentCloset closet homosexuality]] ("I wish my brother George was here" was featured on some LooneyTunes cartoons). If a character refers to Liberace (''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman II]]'', ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''), they're AmbiguouslyGay. What's more, his legacy in [[ValuesDissonance modern times]] suffers on account of the fact that he was, during his life, [[ArmouredClosetGay very adamant]] about [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday denying that he was gay]], giving him a PeripheryHatedom in today's LGBT community. To be fair, being openly gay back then was tantamount to career suicide, but even after his death in 1987, his estate and personal physician went through great efforts to cover up the fact that he died from AIDS-related complications. His fall from grace appeared complete when his Las Vegas museum closed due to waning popularity in TheNewTens.

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* Liberace, the flamboyant piano player, was one of the most popular and highest paid music performers of TheFifties. He was especially popular among teenage girls girls, who [[{{Squee}} swooned]] over him the way their big sisters used to swoon over the young Music/FrankSinatra. His popularity extended well into TheSixties, as a pleasant alternative to [[RockAndRoll rock 'n' roll]]. Most popular non-rock and non-Creator/{{Motown}} music performers of the '50s and '60s are forgotten today, but not Liberace, oh no. He's still remembered, all right... as a ridiculously {{camp}} figure, a joke on that era's cluelessness of his ''[[TransparentCloset obvious]]'' [[TransparentCloset closet homosexuality]] ("I wish my brother George was here" was featured on some LooneyTunes cartoons). If a character refers to Liberace (''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman II]]'', ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''), they're AmbiguouslyGay. What's more, his legacy in [[ValuesDissonance modern times]] suffers on account of the fact that he was, during his life, [[ArmouredClosetGay very adamant]] about [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday denying that he was gay]], giving him a PeripheryHatedom in today's LGBT community. To be fair, being openly gay back then was tantamount to career suicide, but even after his death in 1987, his estate and personal physician went through great efforts to cover up the fact that he died from AIDS-related complications. His fall from grace appeared complete when his Las Vegas museum closed due to waning popularity in TheNewTens.
22nd Sep '16 9:00:11 AM HighCrate
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* Almost immediately after she took off in late 2001, Music/MichelleBranch became one of the hottest young female singers in America. A singer/songwriter/guitarist who mixed an alternative rock style with enough pop sheen to score crossover hits, she was viewed as a SpiritualSuccessor to Music/AlanisMorissette, even being signed to the same label as her (Maverick Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records). Her debut album ''The Spirit Room'' was a huge success, with singles "Everywhere" and "All You Wanted" being played by almost every pop radio station in the country. Immediately afterwards, the media was hyping Branch up as the face of a movement of female singers/songwriters/instrumentalists who revolted against manufactured teen pop stars like Music/BritneySpears and Music/ChristinaAguilera. A slew of such artists popped up behind her, like Music/VanessaCarlton, Music/AvrilLavigne, and Stacie Orrico, while veteran acts in that style like Music/SherylCrow, Music/NoDoubt, and Music/LizPhair (who has her own section on the Rock Music page, at least partly for this reason) had a resurgence in popularity. Even Music/{{Pink}}, who was part of the "manufactured" group, quickly adapted to the new trend.\\\
By the end of 2002, however, the future was not looking bright for Branch. By then, Lavigne had supplanted her as the face of the movement, and her song "Goodbye to You" wasn't nearly as successful as her first two hits. To compensate, she collaborated with Music/{{Santana}} for another hit, "The Game of Love". It kept Branch's career going, even if it was viewed as something of a disappointment for Santana. 2003 brought her sophomore album ''Hotel Paper'', which, while also a hit and giving her another successful single in "Are You Happy Now?", did not reach the heights of ''The Spirit Room''. To make matters worse, Maverick Records was suffering from financial problems at the time and her career was effectively put on hold. The final nail in the coffin was a [[PublicExposure sexy photo shoot]] for ''Maxim'' magazine that irrevocably tarnished her "anti-Britney" image, and marked the end of her career. Unable to record on her own at the time, Branch switched over to side projects. A second collaboration with Santana in 2005 for the single "I'm Feeling You" completely bombed outside of hot AC radio, and she shifted to CountryMusic in 2006, forming the duo The Wreckers with Jessica Harp; they had one big hit with "Leave the Pieces" and a lesser one with "My, Oh My", but fizzled out immediately afterwards. Branch continues recording music to this day but has long since faded into obscurity; she never had another hit on any chart and has yet to release a third album. Today, when the pop music scene of the 2000s is recounted, names like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Music/AliciaKeys, and Avril Lavigne are commonly cited; when Michelle Branch is remembered, it's only for being one of the biggest flashes-in-the-pan of that decade.



* During the mid-2000s {{crunk}} invasion, Atlanta-based RAndB singer Music/{{Ciara}} achieved massive success with her signature blend of ContemporaryRAndB and {{Crunk}}, which she called "Crunk&B", starting with her chart-topping debut single "Goodies". It put her on the map, while her follow-ups "Oh" and "1, 2 Step" both hit #2 and got her debut album (also titled ''Goodies'') into triple platinum status at home, with worldwide sales in total of five million. Her 2006 follow-up ''Ciara: The Evolution'' became her first chart-topping album. While its lead single "Get Up" (featuring rapper Chamillionaire, who would meet a similar fate) wasn't ''quite'' as big as her previous songs, it still made the Top 10. However, despite topping the ''Billboard'' 200, it was clear that she had slid a bit from where she was at, because it only barely made it past platinum (with overseas sales being poor).\\\
In 2009, this did not correct itself; instead, it got worse. Her third album ''Fantasy Ride'' only debuted at #3 with sales of 81,000 and dropped off immediately. It only sold about 200,000 copies, not even close to reaching Gold status. While it's easy to blame this on the rise of piracy and the industry becoming more single-oriented, it produced only one Top 40 single -- "Love Sex Magic", and it was more due to Music/JustinTimberlake than anything else. 2010's ''Basic Instinct'' got even ''worse'', not only did it produce no hits, but it debuted at a paltry ''#44''. At this point, she was long forgotten by the general public and only had a following in the RAndB community, and even then, it was much smaller than before. After that, she shifted labels from the now-defunct Jive Records to Creator/{{Epic|Records}} and released her SelfTitledAlbum in 2013. It was a much bigger success compared to her previous efforts, debuting at #2, but sure enough, it fell off immediately. Her lead single "Body Party" was a modest success, peaking at #22, but it didn't really crossover in the same way her previous singles did. In 2015, she hit an all-time low with the release of her sixth album ''Jackie''. With first week sales of ''19,900'', it didn't even come close to the 100,000 mark. And of course, it didn't produce any hits with "I Bet" just falling short of the Top 40.\\\
While still around, she's gone from preforming in massive arenas and being all over the airwaves to playing in small clubs and barely making ends-meet. Today, she is almost completely forgotten and is only remembered for "Goodies" and "1, 2 Step". The overly-sexual nature of her signature Crunk&B style of music worked fine in 2005, but just a few years later it seemed [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny incredibly outdated]]. Her chances of even scoring a hit on RAndB radio are slim-to-none, that's without even mentioning her chances of ever crossing over again. The biggest news she made in 2016 was getting married to NFL star Russell Wilson.
* Canadian folk-pop singer Music/NellyFurtado first gained fame with her debut album, ''Whoa, Nelly!'' in 2000, which spawned two successful singles, "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light". It was acclaimed by critics for its unique approach to pop that was very organic, and was seen as an antidote to the nu-metal and teen-pop bands that dominated the radio at the time. "I'm Like a Bird" won a 2001 Juno Award for Single of the Year and a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2003, Furtado released ''Folklore'', which produced three international singles "Powerless (Say What You Want)", "Try", and "Força". However, its slightly darker edge (which Furtado attributed to her being pregnant at the time) made it gain a mixed reception, and it wasn't nearly as successful as her previous album was. In 2006 she released ''Loose'', a HotterAndSexier NewSoundAlbum inspired by contemporary American HipHop and RAndB. While many of her older fans hated it, accusing Furtado of selling out and sexing up her image to sell records, ''Loose'' would go on to become the most successful album of Furtado's career, selling ten million copies and reaching number one not only in Canada and the United States, but also several other countries worldwide. The album spawned 4 number-one hits: "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "Say It Right" and "All Good Things (Come to an End)".\\\
Unfortunately, Furtado took too long of a break afterwards, not releasing another English-language studio album for another six years, a very long time in the music business. That album, ''The Spirit Indestructible'' in 2012, failed to replicate the success of ''Loose'' due to poor promotion and minimal chart impact of the album's singles. The album saw success only in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and her native Canada, and bombed in the US with only six thousand copies sold in its first week. Many of her older fans had moved on after ''Loose'', while the fans she'd acquired from that album had also moved on in the six years since. Furthermore, the mainstream success of ''Loose'' owed a lot to Timbaland's production and piggybacking off the hype of Music/JustinTimberlake's ''[=FutureSex/LoveSounds=]'', and now that Timbaland had moved on and Timberlake was focusing on his acting career, she was never going to replicate the same success again. Making matters worse for her was that Justin Timberlake would later spawn a huge comeback, with some tracks even produced with Timbaland. As a result, she fell into the same pit as all the other formerly successful artists of her time.
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* The animated character "Crazy Frog" (Former mascot of German music and cellphone company Jamster) was pretty popular in Europe and in the United States in the early 2000's. The character was a male frog-like creature with a high-pitched voice who sang various songs and sometimes making weird sounds and gibberish. He was so popular that he gained his own set of video games and a few arcade cabinets. However by the mid 2000's, the character started gaining a lot of dislike from the public and resulted in Jamster having to retire the character in early 2007 and ended up getting replaced with Music/{{Schnuffel}}, the company's current mascot who has gained more positive reaction with the public. The character even made a cameo in WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball [[TakeThat where it gets chased by a group of angry animals.]]

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* The animated character "Crazy Frog" (Former mascot of German music and cellphone company Jamster) was pretty popular everywhere in Europe and in the United States in the early 2000's.-=2000s=]. The character was a male frog-like creature with a high-pitched voice who sang various songs and sometimes making weird sounds and gibberish. He was so popular that he gained his own set of video games and a few arcade cabinets. However by the mid 2000's, [=2000s=], the character started gaining a lot of dislike from the public and resulted in Jamster having to retire the character in early 2007 and ended up getting replaced with Music/{{Schnuffel}}, the company's current mascot who has gained more positive reaction with the public. The character even made a cameo in WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball [[TakeThat where it gets chased by a group of angry animals.]]
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* Shabba Ranks emerged in the early 1990s as the most popular musician to come out of Jamaica since Music/BobMarley, with several international hits. Unfortunately, Shabba was also a virulent homophobe who sang numbers where he advocated crucifying and murdering gay people. Interviews also showed he was dead serious about the matter, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIRmQNM4xUk#t=1m22s an appearance]] on Creator/{{Channel 4}}'s ''The Word'', where [[Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Mark Lamarr]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome famously]] told him "That's absolute crap and you know it." This effectively torpedoed his career beyond repair and made him very swiftly forgotten, except perhaps in his home country. It also had the side effect of seriously damaging the image of dancehall as a whole (as these themes were not limited to him ''at all''; he just had a high enough profile to call attention to himself about them), and also helped feed into a growing backlash against the violence and "slackness"-obsessed nature of contemporary dancehall, leading to a lot of existing and new artists turning towards more conscious and religious themes.
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