It's hard to imagine the number of celebrities who have come and gone in the past twenty years. Some have had minor success, while others were much more popular but simply did not last for a very long time. There is no doubt that the music business is a tough one to be a part of. Making it “big” is quite the challenge, and remaining big is even harder. With the amount of pressure that the media puts on celebrities nowadays, it's no wonder why certain celebrities are found going through crises. Moreover, it's difficult to satisfy the media if a particular star is not delivering enough to their fan base.
Once they hit their prime, these stars became the talk of most media. However, the attention they received was either temporary, as their career faded out, or turned negative due to various choices they made. Whether they were the sibling of an already popular artist or got their start on a television show or movie, most of these pop stars were in the spotlight for a while, however, their fame was short lived.
Through the years, there have been many artists who have disappeared from the public eye only to make a successful comeback years later. However, the attempt is often viewed as a gamble. While it works for some, these stars seems to have faded out drastically and do not show many promising signs of a steady return any time soon.
10 Aaron Carter
With all of the attention that the Backstreet Boys were getting in the nineties, it's no wonder why Nick Carter’s baby brother Aaron Carter decided to take a swing at music. Aaron’s fame was very temporary but gained quite a bit of attention seeing as how he had a direct relationship with the most popular boy band of this period.
Following his first appearance opening for BSB’s world tour, Aaron Carter made his debut studio album featuring his single “Crush On You.” Although this was Carter’s first album, much of his success was owed to hits like “I Want Candy” and “Not Too Young, Not Too Old” which came out later on. There's no denying that Aaron was viewed as a cute, younger, “pre-teen” version of his older brother Nick. Teeny boppers from all around were glued to YTV’s Hit List where he made various appearances.
After having shared plans to work on a new album and being a contestant on the ninth season of Dancing With The Stars, Carter ran into some rather challenging times. In 2011, he was admitted to rehab for what was referred to as "emotional issues," followed by filing for bankruptcy in 2013. It seems rather safe to say that Mr. Carter has found himself with a pretty dead end career.
9 Mandy Moore
The first thing that pops into anybody’s mind when they hear about the Hanson brothers is their infamous “Mmbop” song. The second thing that pops into our minds is, whatever happened to them? They literally became famous after one song and then disappeared. The truth is, the Hanson brothers never actually stopped making music. Like most artists, they went back into the studio and pumped out seven more albums. However, none of them were as successful as Middle of Nowhere which featured “Mmbop.”
Other than a couple of podcasts and charitable events, it is safe to assume that the brothers' fame has come to a halt. In 2013, they paired up with a brewing company and released their own beer called “Mmhops.” Although the idea of creating your own beer seems like fun, it is highly unlikely that you would be able to walk up to a bartender and not get a puzzled look when asking for one of these…
7 Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls really had it going for them. Although they only released two full-length albums, each album had at least five hit singles topping the charts from 2005-2009. The burlesque-inspired group was viewed as one of the hottest combinations at the time. They opened for Britney Spears’ “Circus” tour and became a trend. The girls were also affiliated with a Pussycat Doll night club in Vegas, where the entire burlesque theme became a reality.
Shortly after PCD made it big, other girl groups such as Girliscious also gained stardom, albeit very temporarily. This sexy girl group craze died down rather quickly. As the group split up and lead singer Nicole Scherzinger opted for a solo career, the “doll domination” era quickly came to an end. Neither PCD nor Scherizinger have seen much success since.
6 Clay Aiken
When we think about Clay Aiken, many of us are capable of associating him with American Idol but have difficultly linking him to anything else. Although Aiken’s stardom was brief, he did not fall out of the spotlight as quickly as other American Idol winners did. Sure, there were quite a few of them who were successful (particularly Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson), but there were also a number of them who did not last more than a couple of months.
Along with releasing six studio albums, Clay Aiken also starred in Broadway's Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2008. In addition, he has also spent numerous years as an activist, partaking in several foundations including UNICEF. In recent years, Aiken ran as a Democrat in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district but lost by nearly twenty percent.
Since his year on American Idol, Clay has touched upon many different career paths, none of which have really stuck. Unless he does something remarkable, it is unlikely that he will have another big break.
5 S Club 7
Unless you were a pre-teen or teenage girl in the late '90s, then you probably don’t remember this British pop group created by the Spice Girls’ manager. Having released four studio albums, S Club 7 was in their prime with hits like “S Club Party” and “Reach for the Stars.” Shortly after being formed, the group released their BBC television show Miami 7 which brought them more fame and inevitably more success. Capitalizing on the popularity of boy and girl bands at the time, S Club was known for being a mixed group. Although the group has gone through various changes, break ups and make ups, it was said that there was supposed to be a benefit tour in 2014…now pushed to 2015. Only time will tell if S Club will be having another “S Club Party.”
Boy bands…boy bands…boy bands. Just how many boy bands were there between 1995 and 2005? The answer is too many! Finalists on MTV’s Making the Band, O-Town was formed and released three studio albums. There was a lot of hype about O-Town as they were young and viewed as fresh meat. In addition, they were managed by Lou Pearlman, the same manager that the Backstreet Boys had in the beginning. Pearlman was later on prosecuted for illegal schemes, which also led to O-Town’s break-up. In 2013 O-Town announced a reunion and promised a tour followed by their third studio album. Since then, there hasn’t been much talk about the guys.
3 James Blunt
Known for his unforgettable hits “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover,” it's hard to say that we have forgotten about James Blunt, but really, we have. Although the artist has released four studio albums, it goes without saying that Mr. Blunt has pretty much stepped out of the spotlight. Although he had his peak of success, it seems as though his musical career is moving quite slowly. His fourth studio album was released in October of 2014, with no mention of any tour dates following it. Although we wish him the best, we find ourselves wondering if James is starting to say “Goodbye My Music…”
2 Ashlee Simpson
Here again, we find ourselves with the sibling of an already popular (or at least, formerly popular) artist, Jessica Simpson. The Simpson family received a lot of attention over the years with Jessica’s musical career and TV show The Newlyweds featuring her ex-husband Nick Lachey. After living in the shadows of her older sister, Ashlee Simpson decided to break free and start her own musical career.
Ashlee released three studio albums, her most successful being her first one entitled Autobiography. Ashlee also went about creating her own reality TV show entitled The Ashlee Simpson Show where fans had the opportunity to get a glimpse into her life as she made music and dated her now ex-boyfriend Ryan Cabrerra. The show lasted two seasons with less than twenty episodes in all.
Since her last studio album, there has not been much talk about Simpson’s future plans. However, we are left with one of the most memorable and embarrassing moments, her incident on Saturday Night Live in October of 2004. As the artist was getting ready to sing her second song, the vocals of the previous one started and Simpson was caught lip synching. Unsure of what to do, Ashlee did a “hoedown” and awkwardly exited the stage. It has been a quiet path ever since.
1 Lindsay Lohan
What better way to end this list than with the infamous Lindsay Lohan…and really, where to start? Lohan’s career can be summed up in two words: roller coaster (train wreck is probably a little harsh.) While she started off as a cutesy actress in Disney’s The Parent Trap, followed by Freaky Friday and the unforgettable Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan’s career started to change drastically. In 2004, Lohan decided to make an attempt at a music career. She released two studio albums which were not all that successful. Her most popular hits including “Over” and “Confessions of a Broken Heart” were just about all she was known for in the music business, with the exception of a few cover songs.
After some relatively successful years, Lindsay Lohan’s career plummeted into a downwards spiral. With several arrests, DUI hearings, probation and check-ins to rehabilitation centers, it's safe to say that her career took a real hit. Although she has been said to be taking part in some television work, it is hard to believe that Lindsay Lohan will be able to repair and build up her career anytime soon, if ever.