It’s not uncommon to see newcomers do extremely well in their field and then suddenly fall off — that’s what we all like to call one-hit wonders. Carly Rae Jepsen would be a perfect example of someone who experienced a ridiculous amount of success with one song but has failed to follow in those footsteps with the recent music she’s released. Can you believe that since “Call Me Maybe,” she has released two albums that nobody has really heard of? Unbelievable, right?
Well, this is quite similar to these names below who we predict will be forgotten by 2017. Taking everything into consideration — from their relevancy to what they’ve done as of late — there’s a strong chance that these celebrities will be history before we enter the new year. Do you agree?
15. Farrah Abraham
Farrah Abraham is so desperate to stay in the media, she has started hiring her own photographers in the hopes that news outlets will purchase the photos and print them in magazines. She, similar to Azealia Banks, has also embarked in endless feuds on Twitter in order to keep her name in the news, but the truth of the matter is that people just aren’t interested to hear anything an arrogant mother-of-one has to say. The word rude is an understatement when describing Farrah, who often yells at her mom for not looking after her daughter when she needs her to. Ridiculous, right? Farrah is still making a substantial amount for being part of the newest season of Teen Mom, but it’s only a matter of time before the show gets canceled or producers decide to drop her, having seen how arrogant she behaves when the crew is taping. In one episode, Farrah badmouths one of the camera team for trying to stop her in an argument with her mother — all kinds of curse words were being made, showing that not only is Farrah a classless human being, she’ll be devastated to learn that she’s probably going to get the boot from the MTV show sooner rather than later.
14. Rita Ora
Let’s face it, Rita Ora has made endless attempts to make it in America, having landed herself a role in Fifty Shades of Grey, she was featured on several hit songs, and has several endorsement deals including Adidas. Yet with all that being said, Rita has yet to release an album in the States, and one of the reasons why there’s been such a long delay with that process is simply down to the impact her singles have had in America. Rita has released around three songs so far and only one has managed to make the Hot 100, peaking at around #91.
13. DJ Khaled
Okay, so DJ Khaled has had quite a successful year so far. He made a ton of money through his massive following on Snapchat, but when it comes to his music, the millions of fans he has on all of his social media accounts never seem interested in enough to buy his music. For example, millions of Snapchat users watched Khaled’s videos, but when the producer puts out music for his fans to buy, they never chart high enough to even be remotely successful. So, what does that say about stars who are famous through their social media accounts? Well, it doesn’t matter how many followers you have — you can have 20 million and people still won’t be interested to support you with anything that is going to cost them money.
12. Iggy Azalea
There’s no denying that Iggy Azalea had an impressive run in 2014, landing herself multiple top ten hits all around the world with the likes of ‘Fancy’ and ‘Black Widow.’ But in recent months, the Australian-born seems to have struggled to recreate the buzz she had going for herself two years ago, for her latest single ‘Team’ was named one of the fastest songs to enter and exit the Billboard Hot 100 this year. With her sophomore record expected later this year, things aren’t looking good for Iggy, especially when considering the fact that her latest song failed to make any sort of chart impact. She’s currently expected to make her anticipated debut on The X Factor in Australia, which will definitely get the buzz going as far as her music is concerned, but whether she’ll be able to have another number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 has yet to be seen. Her record label has already confirmed that her newest album ‘Digital Distortion’ has been postponed until further noticed, having seen the decline in the public’s interest for Iggy’s music. Perhaps she’s working on some songs with a couple of popular artists in the hopes that she can regain the success she had back in 2014.
Ciara has been trying to get back to those glory days when she was selling records like hot cakes. The singer, who recently signed a deal with Wilhelmina modeling agency, released an album last year, titled Jackie. It was the lowest selling record by Ciara in her career, only selling a shocking 19,000 copies. Truth is, the “I Bet” singer has had issues with her record labels for as long as I can remember, to the point where many have diverted their attention to other R&B singers, such as Beyonce and Rihanna. Everyone who has ever watched a Ciara interview would know that she’s one of the sweetest people in the industry, but always being nice hasn’t really gotten the singer far as far as her career is concerned. She’s had endless run-ins with her record label, who she blamed for the lack of success with her third and fourth albums Fantasy Ride and Bionic, and while the recent two where much better received, the sales were still very low. It’ll be interesting to see whether CiCi can get her career back on track to the like of her ‘Goodies’ era, where she was selling albums like it was nothing. In fact, ‘Goodies’ has sold over 6 million copies to date, something which her last three albums combined still haven’t achieved. Yikes.
10. Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap had a good run, but it was bound to come to an end sooner than later. The rapper, who made a name for himself with his hit song ‘Trap Queen’ had quite a successful year in 2015 as multiple singles lifted from his debut album would chart considerably well on the Billboard Hot 100. That, along with endless features have made Fetty Wap quite a lot of money. But in 2016, it’s almost as if the name Fetty Wap is a name of the past. On top of his fading relevance, the rapper has had endless baby mamas filing for an increase in child support — he has three children (that we know of), so you do the math. Fading relevancy and money running short will be the end of Fetty Wap this year — at least from my expectations.
While Desiigner may have had a number one song with “Panda,” we’ve seen it time and time again with one-hit wonder rappers that ride off that one song and fail to follow that kind of success. Now get this, “Panda” came out in December 2015, and since then, Desiigner has failed to feed his new fans with any new music, which is already worrying because if you don’t have anything new to offer following a number one song, you’re in trouble. According to the rapper, however, he’s currently working on his album, which will see a release later this year, and it’s being produced by Kanye West, but people have their doubts; they are convinced Desiigner is a one-hit wonder. “Panda” has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, which is rather impressive for the Chicago-born rapper, but whether he can recreate that sort of success with another single has yet to be seen. If another one of his songs can chart well on the Billboard Hot 100, and if his album pulls in some solid numbers, then there’s a chance he’ll break the one-hit wonder curse, but as of right now, it doesn’t look like that’ll be happening.
8. Rachel Roy
Who can forget about Rachel Roy? The woman made a name for herself after marrying Damon Dash and allegedly having had an affair with Jay-Z. She was also said to have been the reason behind the infamous fight between Solange and her brother-in-law over her alleged flirtatious moved towards the rapper. With Beyonce’s recent album Lemonade, causing controversy for indirectly mentioning Rachel (describing her as Becky with the good hair), Roy’s name instantly became a hot topic in the media. In fact, it’s fair to say that Rachel hasn’t seen this much press… ever. But as the album begins to die down, so will her relevancy. Once Beyonce wraps up touring the album and mentioning “Becky with the good hair,” Rachel will fade into non-existence. It’s actually quite funny because every time Beyonce and Jay find themselves surrounded by divorce rumors in the media, Rachel’s name is brought up, making her a hot topic. But, as Beyonce’s fans would agree, Rachel Roy will get some publicity for a couple of weeks before people have forgotten all about her again. We’ll see whether she does anything to keep our interest, although, since she’s only ever talked about when Beyonce is involved, that would be highly unlikely.
Tyga became a hot topic himself after he infamously left his ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna and their three-year-old son Cairo, for Kylie Jenner, who was only 17 at the time — well, some even allege that she was 16 when they started hooking up. Either way, now that Kylie had dumped Tyga after allegedly learning about his supposed cheating affairs, Tyga’s name barely makes news these days. And his music, well, it was a struggle before and during his romance with Kylie, so I doubt people will all of a sudden buy his music just because he’s no longer with the socialite. Even when he was with Kylie, Tyga released an album titled Dynasty, and to nobody’s surprise, the record couldn’t even sell more than 2,000 copies on iTunes in its first week, meaning that in seven days, only 2,000 people bothered to buy a copy. This just proves that, while Tyga considers himself a successful rapper, he is only remotely popular when he’s attached to a famous name, which, in this case was obviously Kylie. Since their breakup, Tyga’s name is rarely ever mentioned in the media, showing that the tabloids were only interesting in talking about him when he was with the 18-year-old reality star.
6. Raven Symone
Raven Symone became one of the most controversial people in America last year, having made some of the strangest comments one can imagine. First, the actress claims she’s not an African-America, she’s of all parts of the world — whatever that means. Then she says she’d never hire a woman with a ghetto name because they would misrepresent her company, which is quite an ignorant thing to say. What if that person is well educated; would you still deny their right to work for you because of their name? It’s alleged that producers at The View, where Raven currently makes her full-time living at, are looking to replace her, having received thousands of complaints from stunned viewers over the aging star’s remarks. And one should also consider the fact that before Raven was on The View, nobody knew what she was up to. She was living a quiet life in Los Angeles, and considering the fact that she’s been working since she was a child, she has enough money to sit back and retire from Hollywood. So my assumption is that once her gig with the talk show comes to an end, she’ll disappear again, with the possible chance of making a couple appearances on hit shows such as Empire.
5. Bobby Shmurda
You’ve probably forgotten all about him already. Well, let me remind you really quickly. Bobby Shmurda is the kid who made the shmoney dance a popular choreographed groove during the summer of 2014, accompanied by the hit song “Hot Boy” (clean version). That same year, however, Bobby and his crew were jailed for endless crimes they had committed in previous years, including the affiliation of murder — allegedly. He has been barred for almost two years and his sentence has been delayed until September, so even if Bobby gets out of jail later this year, people have already moved on from his one-hit that initially made him famous. Shmurda’s court date has been moved to September, it has been revealed, evidently meaning that the rapper would have been locked up for almost two years — and quite frankly, once he puts out some new music, people would have already moved on to the next one-hit wonder. Of course, if Bobby makes his return with a hit song, then he can probably get back to where he left off, but from the look of things, this rapper’s career is already over, whether he comes out of jail or not.
4. Azealia Banks
Troll alert. That’s the best way to describe Azealia Banks. The rapper, who is mad at everyone but herself for the fact that her career has struggled to take off compared to her rival Nicki Minaj, has literally started a feud with every celebrity in Hollywood. Her latest feud came when she made racist comments against singer Zayn Malik, which quickly landed her a suspension on Twitter. While she went on to apologize for her remarks, people were so disgusted with her behavior, even her own fans turned their backs against the rapper. It’s funny because her feuds are more relevant than her music. Banks definitely tends to make more headlines for her wild antics than her music, which is funny because Azealia has been trying to make it as a successful rapper for years. And whenever people would ask her why Iggy managed to land herself three top ten songs while she still struggled to get one album out, Azealia claimed that it was simply down to the fact that Iggy is white and Banks is an African-American. In other words, she’s blaming her lack of success on her skin color, which is just absolutely outrageous.
3. Young Thug
Young Thug had a couple of hits in 2014 and 2015, but his name has remained rather quiet in recent months. In fact, 2016 has been dead silent in terms of Young Thug’s music — what’s going on? After the disastrous album release for his debut record Barter 6, which had a shockingly low number of sales in its first week, Thug has tried to sustain relevancy by releasing mixtapes for free on the Internet, and while they are somewhat popular online, a popular hit such as “Lifestyle” is something the rapper has yet to recreate. He’s still signed to Birdman’s Cash Money record label, and if the execs over there make some good decisions as far as Thug’s career is concerned, he’ll probably be able to make another hit song. But then again, it’s not really about a hit song, it’s about longevity, and people don’t seem to think that this rapper has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Jay-Z, Kanye West, or even Ice Cube.
Silento had that one hit — the “whip nae nae” song, I’m sure you remember it, right? Well, if you don’t, we don’t blame you because neither did I until this listicle was gathered. Silento made it known that he has signed a record deal and plans on releasing his album later this year. But people, including myself, are wondering who’s going to buy a full record from a one-hit wonder? Yes, the “Watch Me” track was catchy, but it doesn’t take a brainiac to see that it’s very much like Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” — it’s fun for the moment, but to have an entire album full of “Gangnam Style” songs is just absurd. Wouldn’t you rather spend those $14 on a meal at McDonald’s?
1. Carly Rae Jepsen
Well, why not end exactly where we started off, with Carly Rae Jepsen, who experienced an incredible amount of success when she released her biggest hit to date ‘Call Me Maybe.’ Yes, it was in everyone’s head for a while, but that’s about it. Unfortunately for her, since that song came out, everything else since then has more or less been a flop. Her record sales have been so bad that people have actually even questioned themselves how she’s still signed.
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