Riffs: Call it a comeback: Artists we miss. And others we'd like to miss, if only they would leave.
By Allison Stewart
The first week sales figures for his upcoming album will tell the tale, but Kanye West's Swift-ian diss at last year's VMAs seems to be largely forgotten. West handled the fallout as well as could be expected: he had the good sense to go away for a while, to record a new disc and pretend to humble himself and make everyone forget why he annoyed them so much in the first place.
As Gawker.com recently pointed out, the extended hiatus is part of a time-honored musical tradition, one that these days, aware of their ever-shortening fame windows, fewer artists are taking advantage of.
Click Track has compiled a list of pop stars in desperate need of a fame sabbatical, and those who've been away long enough. Of course, there's always a chance a comeback will go awry and remind us of why we were tired of someone in the first place (see: Rourke, Mickey), but it's a chance we're willing to take.
HOW CAN WE MISS YOU IF YOU WON'T GO AWAY?
1. Taylor Swift
We love you, Taylor. And your new song sounds kind of great, if overly familiar. And we know it's been two years between albums, which is usually a decent enough layover. But between the award show appearances (how many awards shows does country music even have, anyway?) and the magazine covers and the residual effects of KanyeGate, it's like you never went away. And for an artist as ubiquitous as you, that's not good.
2. Katy Perry
We know. She just got here. And "California Gurls" is the undisputed Song Of The Summer. Her new album isn't even out yet but already, we're pretty much done. Is it her endlessly milked engagement to fellow ubiquitous celeb Russell Brand? Is it the fact that, SOTS aside, her level of celebrity seems greater than her actual success might indicate is necessary? Is it her cold, dead eyes? Yes!
3. Justin Timberlake
He's everywhere. Among the things he's recently been moderately good at:
Commercials. So many, many commercials. Doing features where features should not logically exist. Trying to make adorable protégé Esmee Denters happen. Playing the same callow twentysomething in movie after movie.
(After the jump, the should-be comeback kids.)
COME BACK! WE'RE SORRY ABOUT ALL THOSE THINGS WE SAID
After spending the better part of the '00s being terrible, R.E.M has cleared the decks for a comeback. They've dissed the albums everyone knew were bad anyway, and have reportedly gone "old school" on their next one.
It's been since four years since OutKast's last release (the "Idlewild" soundtrack, which may not even count), seven since they last issued a proper. After countless left-turns and solo projects that probably took longer than they planned, they need to make a comeback album before people forget about them. Because that thing people always say, about how everyone will forgive a long absence as long as it results in a great album? Not true.
3. Justin Timberlake
Remember when he used to make albums, and they were pretty good? He should do that again some time.
August 5, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
Categories: Riffs | Tags: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, OutKast, REM, Taylor Swift
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