History DorkAge / Music

26th Jul '17 1:40:21 PM TheDeadSkin
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* Music/{{KISS}}:
** The band realized the potential for [[CashCowFranchise making a profit]], but overplayed their hand with a video game, a comic book series, and a universally-panned film. The whole thing culminated in the group attempting to cash in on the disco craze of the late 1970s, and they are today blamed for the downfall of the first generation of metal, leading to the rise of punk, hip-hop, and disco.
** People often forget that KISS was a fairly obscure group for their first year or so of existence. Fans were already getting tired of glam rock by 1974 (Music/AliceCooper was starting to move away from it), and KISS's debut album was [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff notably more popular in Japan than in the United States]]. ''Dressed to Kill'' was their true breakout album, as it coincided with the beginning of the "showman" period in which (with a few exceptions) they have since spent their entire career.
** Their attempt at a ConceptAlbum / RockOpera was poorly received as well.
** And there was their attempt in the '80s to drop the facepaint and sci-fi costumes and reinvent themselves as a "hair" band in the Music/TwistedSister mold. In [[VindicatedByHistory retrospect]], it did manage to produce what would later be considered a solid, underrated gem in ''Lick it Up'', their sole album from the era that contained Vinnie Vincent as a member and key songwriter. Furthermore, it worked. The "Unmasked" period coincided with the revival of metal: KISS took an honored spot as patriarchs among the newer bands, and their career was revived. Notably, KISS' great achievement is considered to be combining rock with theater, and it should be considered suspicious that they're appreciated for something that actually has nothing to do with music.
** ''Music From The Elder'', the hair metal period, ''Psycho Circus'' not actually being an original KISS album, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer performing as psuedo-originals... come to think of it, everything is a dork age except for the original lineup albums, ''Creatures of the Night'', ''Lick it Up'', and ''Revenge''.

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* Music/{{KISS}}:
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Who knew that Music/{{KISS}}, the hottest band realized the potential for [[CashCowFranchise making a profit]], but overplayed their hand with a video game, a comic book series, and a universally-panned film. The whole thing culminated in the group attempting to cash in on the disco craze world, could be so plagued by a long history of the late 1970s, and they are today blamed for the downfall of the first generation of metal, leading to the rise of punk, hip-hop, and disco.
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** People It's often forget ignored that KISS was a fairly pretty obscure group for in their first year or so of existence. Fans were already getting tired of glam so. [[DeaderThanDisco Glam rock was on its way out in the United States]] by 1974 (Music/AliceCooper (even Music/AliceCooper was starting to move moving away from it), and KISS's debut album was [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff notably more popular in Japan than in the United States]]. US.]] They only broke out with ''Dressed to Kill'' was Kill', the point where they refined the live theatrics they've become so famous for.
** By ''Love Gun'', the band realized
their true breakout album, as it coincided [[CashCowFranchise merchandising potential]] and promptly became overexposed, with the beginning of the "showman" period a comic book series, a pinball machine and a [[SoBadItsGood hilariously bad]] [[Film/KISSMeetsThePhantomOfThePark TV movie]], culminating in which (with a few exceptions) they have since spent ''Dynasty'', their entire career.
** Their
own failed attempt at cashing in on the disco craze of the late 1970s.
** In 1981, they tried, of all things, to make
a ProgressiveRock ConceptAlbum / RockOpera was poorly received as well.
** And there was their attempt
in the '80s to drop the facepaint and sci-fi costumes and reinvent themselves as a "hair" band in the Music/TwistedSister mold. In [[VindicatedByHistory retrospect]], it did manage to produce what would later be considered a solid, underrated gem in ''Lick it Up'', their sole album from the era that contained Vinnie Vincent as a member and key songwriter. Furthermore, it worked. The "Unmasked" period coincided with the revival of metal: KISS took an honored spot as patriarchs among the newer bands, and their career was revived. Notably, KISS' great achievement is considered to be combining rock with theater, and it should be considered suspicious that they're appreciated for something that actually has nothing to do with music.
**
''Music From The Elder'', from "The Elder"'', created as the hair metal period, ''Psycho Circus'' not actually being an original KISS soundtrack to a movie that never came to light. ''That'' album was forgotten soon enough.[[note]][[VindicatedByHistory However,]] "A World Without Heroes" is in their MTV Unplugged live album, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer performing as psuedo-originals... come in 2004 they tried to think of it, everything is a dork age except for perform "I" but had forgotten the original lineup albums, ''Creatures of the Night'', ''Lick it Up'', and ''Revenge''.lyrics.[[/note]]
21st Jul '17 10:11:02 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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** ...at least, until ''One More Light'' in 2017 saw the band jump fully into electronic pop-rock. Whereas ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''A Thousand Suns'' both had their supporters among critics, ''One More Light'' received a scathing reception right out of the gate, with many fans declaring it a new Dork Age from the moment they heard the lead-off single "Heavy" featuring pop singer Kiiara.

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** ...at least, until ''One More Light'' in 2017 saw the band jump fully into electronic pop-rock. Whereas ''Minutes to Midnight'' and ''A Thousand Suns'' both had their supporters among critics, ''One More Light'' received a scathing reception right out of the gate, with many fans declaring it a new Dork Age from the moment they heard the lead-off single "Heavy" featuring pop singer Kiiara. Sadly, the backlash against ''One More Light'', which Chester Bennington did not take well, may have played a role in [[DrivenToSuicide his suicide]] in July of that year.
18th Jul '17 8:53:51 PM supernintendo128
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* Opinions differ on whether this applies to Music/TheyMightBeGiants and their move away from their classic backing tape sound into a full band during the mid-90s. After the critical and commercial success of the albums ''Flood'' and ''Apollo 18'' they recruited live backing musicians for the release of 94's ''John Henry'' and 96's ''Factory Showroom.'' Fan and critical opinions of the records were muted at the time of their release, and due to their label Elektra's inability to market the albums they were not commercial successes. (As time has gone by both albums have gained increased respect from TMBG's fanbase, with guitarist John Flansburgh going on record to state that ''Factory Showroom'' is his favorite band release.) By the early 00's the band had worked the kinks out of their new sound, and went on to new acclaim from critics and fans, culminating in their first Billboard Top 40-charting album, 2012's ''Join Us.''

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* Opinions differ on whether this applies to Music/TheyMightBeGiants and their move away from their classic backing tape sound into a full band during the mid-90s. After the critical and commercial success of the albums ''Flood'' and ''Apollo 18'' they recruited live backing musicians for the release of 94's ''John Henry'' and 96's ''Factory Showroom.'' Fan and critical opinions of the records were muted at the time of their release, and due to their label Elektra's inability to market the albums they were not commercial successes. (As ([[VindicatedByHistory As time has gone by both albums have gained increased respect from TMBG's fanbase, fanbase]], with guitarist John Flansburgh going on record to state that ''Factory Showroom'' is his favorite band release.) By the early 00's the band had worked the kinks out of their new sound, and went on to new acclaim from critics and fans, culminating in their first Billboard Top 40-charting album, 2012's ''Join Us.''
4th Jul '17 12:05:06 PM Twentington
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* Music/{{Lonestar}} went into one around the first decade of the 21st century. After their 1999 smash hit "Amazed" became the first song since 1983 to top both the country and Hot 100 charts, the label pushed for more bombastic ballads of its ilk, and more sentimental fare after 2001's "I'm Already There" was almost as big a hit. This resulted in what had formerly been a hot honky-tonk influenced country band getting pushed into theatrical, bombastic, TastesLikeDiabetes fare. Once such songs started producing diminishing returns, the band quit its label, and lead singer Richie [=McDonald=] went solo for a while. The DorkAge was only exacerbated by new lead singer Cody Collins simply not fitting in with the band, so Richie returned in 2011. While the band has long since stopped having hits, consensus is that their material since Richie's return has at least started getting better again.
* Music/RascalFlatts entered one after switching producers from Mark Bright to Dann Huff, covering the albums ''Me and My Gang'', ''Still Feels Good'', and ''Unstoppable''. Pretty much the only single off any of them that is almost universally seen as good is "What Hurts the Most", the lead single to ''Me and My Gang'', which was their biggest crossover hit. Pretty much all of their other singles were derided as either [[LoudnessWar bombastic and hideously overproduced]] {{power ballad}}s (not too dissimilar to what Huff had previously done with Lonestar a few years earlier) or extremely forced up-tempos like "Me and My Gang", "Summer Nights", or "Bob That Head" (their first single not to hit top 10, and widely considered their worst overall due to both AccidentalInnuendo and an ear-splitting CarefulWithThatAxe intro). In addition, lead singer Gary [=LeVox=] was panned because of his extreme VocalEvolution into a [[CarefulWithThatAxe ridiculously high-pitched and loud]] style with hideous amounts of {{melisma|ticvocals}}. They started to reverse course when their label, Lyric Street, closed in 2010 and they moved to Big Machine. Their first two Big Machine albums, ''Nothing Like This'' and ''Changed'', were generally seen as improvements even though Huff was still producing them. ''Rewind'' seems to have finally taken them out of the Dork Age, as the band alternated between producing by themselves and with rock producer Howard Benson, relegating Huff to only one track.

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* Music/{{Lonestar}} went into one around the first decade of the 21st century. After their 1999 smash hit "Amazed" became the first song since 1983 to top both the country and Hot 100 charts, the label pushed for more bombastic ballads of its ilk, and more sentimental fare after 2001's "I'm Already There" was almost as big a hit. This resulted in what had formerly been a hot honky-tonk influenced country band getting pushed into theatrical, bombastic, TastesLikeDiabetes fare. Once such songs started producing diminishing returns, the band quit its label, and lead singer Richie [=McDonald=] went solo for a while. The DorkAge was only exacerbated by new lead singer Cody Collins simply not fitting in with the band, so Richie returned in 2011. While the band has long since stopped having hits, consensus is that their material since Richie's return has at least started getting better again.
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* Music/RascalFlatts entered one after switching producers from Mark Bright to Dann Huff, Huff (coincidentally, the same producer responsible for steering Lonestar into its new sound), covering the albums ''Me and My Gang'', ''Still Feels Good'', and ''Unstoppable''. Pretty much the only single off any of them that is almost universally seen as good is "What Hurts the Most", the lead single to ''Me and My Gang'', which was their biggest crossover hit. Pretty much all of their other singles were derided as either [[LoudnessWar bombastic and hideously overproduced]] {{power ballad}}s (not too dissimilar to what Huff had previously done with Lonestar a few years earlier) or extremely forced up-tempos like "Me and My Gang", "Summer Nights", or "Bob That Head" (their first single not to hit top 10, and widely considered their worst overall due to both AccidentalInnuendo and an ear-splitting CarefulWithThatAxe intro). In addition, lead singer Gary [=LeVox=] was panned because of his extreme VocalEvolution into a [[CarefulWithThatAxe ridiculously high-pitched and loud]] style with hideous amounts of {{melisma|ticvocals}}. They started to reverse course when their label, Lyric Street, closed in 2010 and they moved to Big Machine. Their first two Big Machine albums, ''Nothing Like This'' and ''Changed'', were generally seen as improvements even though Huff was still producing them. ''Rewind'' seems and ''Back to Us'' seem to have finally taken them gotten the band out of the Dork Age, as given that both albums were produced largely by the band alternated between producing by themselves and with rock producer Howard Benson, relegating Huff itself, resulting in a sound more akin to only one track.their pre-Huff albums.
4th Jul '17 12:00:57 PM Twentington
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* Music/JohnnyCash went through one in TheEighties, with a series of mostly unmemorable albums and diminishing returns on the country music charts. There was at least one MissingEpisode (''Out Among the Stars'', not released until 2014), and several poorly received singles such as "Chicken in Black". He was also battling addiction around this point, further hampering his music career. The decline culminated in a short stint with Mercury Records, led off by a cheap and haphazard album with re-recordings of his biggest hits. He finally underwent CareerResurrection starting in 1994 with the "American Recordings" series of albums.
26th Jun '17 2:44:53 AM AlternativeCola
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* Pat Boone, icon of whitebread, mocked this trope once by appearing at an event with Music/OzzyOsbourne's family in leather and with pierced nipples and temporary tattoos. He even released an album of metal covers, called ''In a Metal Mood: No More Mister Nice Guy'', performed in his signature whitebread style. His take of "Crazy Train" was used as the theme for ''Series/TheOsbournes'' (He and Ozzy were next door neighbors for many years until Ozzy and company moved shortly before the series' run). He's since claimed that his fanbase views that album as not just a DorkAge, but a ''Devil'' Age, and it actually resulted in him getting kicked out of his church for a while.



* Pat Boone, icon of whitebread, mocked this trope once by appearing at an event with Music/OzzyOsbourne's family in leather and with pierced nipples and temporary tattoos. He even released an album of metal covers, called ''In a Metal Mood: No More Mister Nice Guy'', performed in his signature whitebread style. His take of "Crazy Train" was used as the theme for ''Series/TheOsbournes'' (He and Ozzy were next door neighbors for many years until Ozzy and company moved shortly before the series' run). He's since claimed that his fanbase views that album as not just a DorkAge, but a ''Devil'' Age, and it actually resulted in him getting kicked out of his church for a while.
22nd Jun '17 1:54:30 AM AlternativeCola
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* Music/JustinBieber had this from 2013 to 2015 to the point that his career became DeaderThanDisco during that time. These included: Bieber hitting adulthood and many of his oldest fans starting to grow out of him, he explosive breakout of boy band Music/OneDirection, taking away almost all of Bieber's youngest fans and quite a chunk of the older ones as well, his attempt to retool himself as a [[DarkerAndEdgier "bad boy"]] to try and stay relevant and his hatedom continuing to grow rapidly and them doing everything in their power to wipe Bieber Fever off the face of the Earth in addition to being tabloid fodder, with even ''mainstream media'' joining in on the fight against him. However, this ended in 2015 as Bieber staged a massive comeback with his album ''Purpose'', which was well received by critics and fans and won back many of his former fans, in addition to three consecutive #1 singles and ended Music/OneDirection's streak of #1 albums.



* Music/JustinBieber had this from 2013 to 2015 to the point that his career became DeaderThanDisco during that time. These included: Bieber hitting adulthood and many of his oldest fans starting to grow out of him, he explosive breakout of boy band Music/OneDirection, taking away almost all of Bieber's youngest fans and quite a chunk of the older ones as well, his attempt to retool himself as a [[DarkerAndEdgier "bad boy"]] to try and stay relevant and his hatedom continuing to grow rapidly and them doing everything in their power to wipe Bieber Fever off the face of the Earth in addition to being tabloid fodder, with even ''mainstream media'' joining in on the fight against him. However, this ended in 2015 as Bieber staged a massive comeback with his album ''Purpose'', which was well received by critics and fans and won back many of his former fans, in addition to three consecutive #1 singles and ended Music/OneDirection's streak of #1 albums.



** Nowadays, fans generally view the ''¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!'' trilogy of albums in 2012 as Green Day's creative low point. Coming off of their CareerResurrection in the mid-late '00s with ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' and ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'', the three albums marked the band's most ambitious undertaking to date, with each album a GenreThrowback to a different style of classic rock (PowerPop, GarageRock, and ArenaRock respectively). However, critics and fans alike saw the project as a regression from the themes of their two prior {{concept album}}s back into juvenilia and adolescent angst, which came off as far less convincing when all of the band's members were pushing forty. The staggered release schedule of the three albums (they were all released separately within weeks of one another, rather than as one triple-album) also prevented singles from gaining traction on the radio before a new bunch of Green Day songs came to push them off. Even Billie Joe Armstrong sees ''¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!'' as an OldShame, saying that the band was directionless and [[https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/green_days_armstrong_admits_it_uno_dos_tre_trilogy_is_crap.html "prolific for the sake of it"]] and arguing that his drug abuse at the time affected the albums' quality. Their 2016 follow-up ''Revolution Radio'' wasn't particularly acclaimed, but it was still seen as [[WinBackTheCrowd a return to form]], and they and their fans haven't looked back.

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** Nowadays, fans generally view the ''¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!'' trilogy of albums in 2012 as Green Day's creative low point. Coming off of their CareerResurrection in the mid-late '00s with ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' and ''Music/TwentyFirstCenturyBreakdown'', the three albums marked the band's most ambitious undertaking to date, with each album a GenreThrowback to a different style of classic rock (PowerPop, GarageRock, and ArenaRock respectively).respectively) in addition to expanding the band from a trio to a quartet when touring guitarist Jason White became the [[SixthRanger fourth member]] of the band. However, critics and fans alike saw the project as a regression from the themes of their two prior {{concept album}}s back into juvenilia and adolescent angst, which came off as far less convincing when all of the band's members were pushing forty. The staggered release schedule of the three albums (they were all released separately within weeks of one another, rather than as one triple-album) also prevented singles from gaining traction on the radio before a new bunch of Green Day songs came to push them off. Even Billie Joe Armstrong sees ''¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!'' as an OldShame, saying that the band was directionless and [[https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/green_days_armstrong_admits_it_uno_dos_tre_trilogy_is_crap.html "prolific for the sake of it"]] and arguing that his drug abuse at the time affected the albums' quality. Their 2016 follow-up ''Revolution Radio'' wasn't particularly acclaimed, but it was still seen as [[WinBackTheCrowd a return to form]], and they and their fans haven't looked back.
22nd Jun '17 1:51:34 AM AlternativeCola
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* Music/MariahCarey had this from 2001 to 2005, which also doubles as a CreatorBreakdown. In 2000, she left Columbia on bad terms after her acrimonious divorce with Tommy Mottola and signed with Virgin to work on her pet project ''Film/{{Glitter}}''. After production of ''Glitter'' wrapped, her three-year relationship with Luis Miguel ended. Due to the pressure of losing her relationship, being on a new record label, filming a movie, and recording an album, Carey began to suffer a nervous breakdown and began a series of disturbing messages on her official website, and displayed erratic behaviour while on several promotional outings including her infamous ''TRL'' appearance and as a result of her being checked into a hospital, ''Glitter'''s release date was postponed from August to September 2001. Unfortunately, the ''Glitter'' soundtrack was released on September 11 and became a critical and commercial dud. The film was also a BoxOfficeBomb. The failure resulted in Virgin releasing her contract and then she began writing songs for her next album, which became ''Charmbracelet''. The album was intended to be her CareerResurrection but unfortunately, it wasn't well-received by critics and didn't do well at the charts. The failure of ''Charmbracelet'' led to Carey questioning about her future and then began recording ''The Emancipation of Mimi'', which ultimately became her CareerResurrection and was lauded by fans and critics alike.

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* Music/MariahCarey had this from 2001 to 2005, which also doubles as a CreatorBreakdown. In 2000, she left Columbia on bad terms after her acrimonious divorce with Tommy Mottola and signed with Virgin to work on her pet project ''Film/{{Glitter}}''. After production of ''Glitter'' wrapped, her three-year relationship with Luis Miguel ended. Due to the pressure of losing her relationship, being on a new record label, filming a movie, and recording an album, Carey began to suffer a nervous breakdown and began a series of disturbing messages on her official website, and displayed erratic behaviour while on several promotional outings including her infamous ''TRL'' appearance and as a result of her being checked into a hospital, ''Glitter'''s release date was postponed from August to September 2001. Unfortunately, the ''Glitter'' soundtrack was released on September 11 and became a critical and commercial dud. The film was also a BoxOfficeBomb. The failure resulted in Virgin releasing her contract and then she began writing songs for her next album, which became ''Charmbracelet''. The album was intended to be her CareerResurrection but unfortunately, it wasn't well-received by critics (though most critics felt it was better than ''Glitter'') and didn't do well at the charts.charts (despite being a Top 10 album in the United States, Switzerland and Japan and "I Know What You Want", her duet with Music/BustaRhymes, became her sole Top 5 hit worldwide during that time and was later included in the re-release of ''Charmbracelet''). The failure of ''Charmbracelet'' led to Carey questioning about her future and then began recording ''The Emancipation of Mimi'', which ultimately became her CareerResurrection and was lauded by fans and critics alike.
22nd Jun '17 1:46:30 AM AlternativeCola
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* Music/JustinBieber had this from 2013 to 2015 to the point that his career became DeaderThanDisco during that time. These included: Bieber hitting adulthood and many of his oldest fans starting to grow out of him, he explosive breakout of boy band Music/OneDirection, taking away almost all of Bieber's youngest fans and quite a chunk of the older ones as well, his attempt to retool himself as a [[DarkerAndEdgier "bad boy"]] to try and stay relevant and his hatedom continuing to grow rapidly and them doing everything in their power to wipe Bieber Fever off the face of the Earth in addition to being tabloid fodder, with even ''mainstream media'' joining in on the fight against him. However, this ended in 2015 as Bieber staged a massive comeback with his album ''Purpose'' was well received by critics and fans, which won back many of his former fans, had three consecutive #1 singles and snapped Music/OneDirection's streak of #1 albums.

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* Music/JustinBieber had this from 2013 to 2015 to the point that his career became DeaderThanDisco during that time. These included: Bieber hitting adulthood and many of his oldest fans starting to grow out of him, he explosive breakout of boy band Music/OneDirection, taking away almost all of Bieber's youngest fans and quite a chunk of the older ones as well, his attempt to retool himself as a [[DarkerAndEdgier "bad boy"]] to try and stay relevant and his hatedom continuing to grow rapidly and them doing everything in their power to wipe Bieber Fever off the face of the Earth in addition to being tabloid fodder, with even ''mainstream media'' joining in on the fight against him. However, this ended in 2015 as Bieber staged a massive comeback with his album ''Purpose'' ''Purpose'', which was well received by critics and fans, which fans and won back many of his former fans, had in addition to three consecutive #1 singles and snapped ended Music/OneDirection's streak of #1 albums.
22nd Jun '17 1:45:30 AM AlternativeCola
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* Music/JustinBieber had this from 2013 to 2015 to the point that his career became DeaderThanDisco during that time. These included: Bieber hitting adulthood and many of his oldest fans starting to grow out of him, he explosive breakout of boy band Music/OneDirection, taking away almost all of Bieber's youngest fans and quite a chunk of the older ones as well, his attempt to retool himself as a [[DarkerAndEdgier "bad boy"]] to try and stay relevant and his hatedom continuing to grow rapidly and them doing everything in their power to wipe Bieber Fever off the face of the Earth in addition to being tabloid fodder, with even ''mainstream media'' joining in on the fight against him. However, this ended in 2015 as Bieber staged a massive comeback with his album ''Purpose'' was well received by critics and fans, which won back many of his former fans, had three consecutive #1 singles and snapped Music/OneDirection's streak of #1 albums.
* Music/MariahCarey had this from 2001 to 2005, which also doubles as a CreatorBreakdown. In 2000, she left Columbia on bad terms after her acrimonious divorce with Tommy Mottola and signed with Virgin to work on her pet project ''Film/{{Glitter}}''. After production of ''Glitter'' wrapped, her three-year relationship with Luis Miguel ended. Due to the pressure of losing her relationship, being on a new record label, filming a movie, and recording an album, Carey began to suffer a nervous breakdown and began a series of disturbing messages on her official website, and displayed erratic behaviour while on several promotional outings including her infamous ''TRL'' appearance and as a result of her being checked into a hospital, ''Glitter'''s release date was postponed from August to September 2001. Unfortunately, the ''Glitter'' soundtrack was released on September 11 and became a critical and commercial dud. The film was also a BoxOfficeBomb. The failure resulted in Virgin releasing her contract and then she began writing songs for her next album, which became ''Charmbracelet''. The album was intended to be her CareerResurrection but unfortunately, it wasn't well-received by critics and didn't do well at the charts. The failure of ''Charmbracelet'' led to Carey questioning about her future and then began recording ''The Emancipation of Mimi'', which ultimately became her CareerResurrection and was lauded by fans and critics alike.



* Music/{{Madonna}} had this during the early Nineties when she went into a HotterAndSexier phase that began with the controversial "Justify My Love" single in late 1990, in which the X-rated video got banned by Creator/{{MTV}}. [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Due to the controversy, the single became a number-one hit in the US]]. Two years later, she released the song "Erotica", which was also controversial and the music video got restricted to nighttime and [[Music/{{Erotica}} the following album]] (along with the coffee fable book ''Sex'') got [[BannedInChina banned in several countries for its content]] (in Lebanon, it was banned due to the titular track using an unauthorised sample from a song by Lebanese singer Fairuz) and soon, she faced backlash from MoralGuardians and several critics hinted her career was over after she starred in the BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/BodyOfEvidence'' (which served as a StarDerailingRole for her as an actress) a year later. It seemed that her career was over by late 1993 as she underwent a CreatorBreakdown during this time until she released the LighterAndSofter album ''Music/BedtimeStories'', which along her infamous appearance on ''Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman'', revived her career and culminated with her critically acclaimed and Golden Globe winning role as Eva Peron in the film adaptation of the musical ''Music/{{Evita}}'', along with two more well-received albums ''Music/RayOfLight'' (which became her most successful album since ''Music/TrueBlue'' and is considered to be her best album by critics) and ''Music/{{Music}}''. Fortunately, ''Erotica'' has since been VindicatedByHistory with most critics agreeing that aside from being OvershadowedByControversy, it is actually one of her most adventurous albums and praised her comments in taboos and AIDS in addition to the music video for "Rain" nowadays considered to be one of the greatest music videos ever made.
** Her 2003 album ''Music/AmericanLife'' is considered a major Dork Age by fans to the point that the controversial titular track is what resulted in her getting blacklisted from US radio stations during that time, especially being released during the [[TheWarOnTerror US invasion of Iraq]]. It divided critics and fans for its {{Anvilicious}} message and unlike ''Erotica'', it hasn't been VindicatedByHistory yet, plus the music video for the titular track was so controversial that it was banned at her request a day after its network premiere and replaced by a new video. Said Dork Age ended with the well-received disco-influenced album ''Music/ConfessionsOnADanceFloor''.
** Her 2008 and 2012 albums ''Hard Candy'' and ''MDNA'' are considered to be this due to her being accused of WereStillRelevantDammit, while her 2015 album ''Rebel Heart'' was well-received by critics and praised as a return to form for her, which ended the Dork Age.



* Music/{{Madonna}} had this during the early Nineties when she went into a HotterAndSexier phase that began with the controversial "Justify My Love" single in late 1990, in which the X-rated video got banned by Creator/{{MTV}}. [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity Due to the controversy, the single became a number-one hit in the US]]. Two years later, she released the song "Erotica", which was also controversial and the music video got restricted to nighttime and [[Music/{{Erotica}} the following album]] (along with the coffee fable book ''Sex'') got [[BannedInChina banned in several countries for its content]] (in Lebanon, it was banned due to the titular track using an unauthorised sample from a song by Lebanese singer Fairuz) and soon, she faced backlash from MoralGuardians and several critics hinted her career was over after she starred in the BoxOfficeBomb ''Film/BodyOfEvidence'' (which served as a StarDerailingRole for her as an actress) a year later. It seemed that her career was over by late 1993 as she underwent a CreatorBreakdown during this time until she released the LighterAndSofter album ''Music/BedtimeStories'', which along her infamous appearance on ''Series/TheLateShowWithDavidLetterman'', revived her career and culminated with her critically acclaimed and Golden Globe winning role as Eva Peron in the film adaptation of the musical ''Music/{{Evita}}'', along with two more well-received albums ''Music/RayOfLight'' (which became her most successful album since ''Music/TrueBlue'' and is considered to be her best album by critics) and ''Music/{{Music}}''. Fortunately, ''Erotica'' has since been VindicatedByHistory with most critics agreeing that aside from being OvershadowedByControversy, it is actually one of her most adventurous albums and praised her comments in taboos and AIDS in addition to the music video for "Rain" nowadays considered to be one of the greatest music videos ever made.
** Her 2003 album ''Music/AmericanLife'' is considered a major Dork Age by fans to the point that the controversial titular track is what resulted in her getting blacklisted from US radio stations during that time, especially being released during the [[TheWarOnTerror US invasion of Iraq]]. It divided critics and fans for its {{Anvilicious}} message and unlike ''Erotica'', it hasn't been VindicatedByHistory yet, plus the music video for the titular track was so controversial that it was banned at her request a day after its network premiere and replaced by a new video. Said Dork Age ended with the well-received disco-influenced album ''Music/ConfessionsOnADanceFloor''.
** Her 2008 and 2012 albums ''Hard Candy'' and ''MDNA'' are considered to be this due to her being accused of WereStillRelevantDammit, while her 2015 album ''Rebel Heart'' was well-received by critics and praised as a return to form for her, which ended the Dork Age.
* Music/MariahCarey had this from 2001 to 2005, which also doubles as a CreatorBreakdown. In 2000, she left Columbia on bad terms after her acrimonious divorce with Tommy Mottola and signed with Virgin to work on her pet project ''Film/{{Glitter}}''. After production of ''Glitter'' wrapped, her three-year relationship with Luis Miguel ended. Due to the pressure of losing her relationship, being on a new record label, filming a movie, and recording an album, Carey began to suffer a nervous breakdown and began a series of disturbing messages on her official website, and displayed erratic behaviour while on several promotional outings including her infamous ''TRL'' appearance and as a result of her being checked into a hospital, ''Glitter'''s release date was postponed from August to September 2001. Unfortunately, the ''Glitter'' soundtrack was released on September 11 and became a critical and commercial dud. The film was also a BoxOfficeBomb. The failure resulted in Virgin releasing her contract and then she began writing songs for her next album, which became ''Charmbracelet''. The album was intended to be her CareerResurrection but unfortunately, it wasn't well-received by critics and didn't do well at the charts. The failure of ''Charmbracelet'' led to Carey questioning about her future and then began recording ''The Emancipation of Mimi'', which ultimately became her CareerResurrection and was lauded by fans and critics alike.
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