The music business is a fickle business, you are hot for one minute, then you aren’t. European audiences seem to be more faithful sometimes to artists than they are in the US. Remember when Santana had the “Supernatural” album with all the hits on it? That was a comeback. What about when Jennifer Lopez released “On the Floor” — everyone had written her off at that point. Now she is headlining one of the hottest tours of the year. These are the artists I want to see have a big comeback:
- Janet Jackson
This one I have been waiting for — for a long time. She is overdue! She was one of the most exciting singers/performers of the 80’s and 90’s, but she has made bad choices with her material. If she had the right song, she would be on top again for sure. I would be reaching out to up and coming producers if I was her, I am sure they would be thrilled to be working with a superstar like her.
- Christina Aguilera
The Voice has brought her back into the spotlight. She had a rough few years with her marriage falling apart and a flop movie and album. She has a new CD out this week called “Lotus”. I heard it on AOL First Listen, and it has some good songs on it. Here’s hoping it’s a hit and that she goes on tour in 2013.
- Cyndi Lauper
She came out around the same time as Madonna, and is still around. She has a big gay following, and she can sing just about anything. Put her in a big musical or get her a guest turn on “Glee” or “Smash” and she was totally kill it
Sure, LA Reid is the one in the spotlight now on The X Factor. But once upon a time, LA was the other half of the big songwriting duo of LA and Babyface. He was a fantastic songwriter and producer in addition to being a hit recording artist. I could totally see him doing an album like Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” and having him duet with today’s country stars on reworked versions of his songs.
- Anita Baker
It is amazing that I still hear songs from the “Rapture” album played on the radio. It was a great album, but she definitely is no one-hit-album wonder. She has such a distinctive voice, I would love to hear some new music again. She has inspired a lot of artists of today like Alicia Keys, Esperanza Spalding and more. A new single surfaced this year, but no album yet.
- Boy George
One of the first out artists, it is time for the Boy to return. I would prefer that it be with his group, Culture Club, but solo would be good also. He had such a beautiful soulful voice, and had a knack for catchy songs too. I could totally see a one-man show off Broadway with him.
- Annie Lennox
One of my favorite Annie vocals is on the backup to Whitney Houston on “Step by Step.” Imagine Annie doing a full-out dance album, that would be awesome. She has the gay following, and can sing rings around most of today’s dance artists. Or how about re-doing her songs as duets with today’s artists and new arrangements?
- En Vogue
One of the best girl groups ever, is back together… the original four. They have had some kids, some solo projects and not much chart action. Unlike Spice Girls or the Pussycat Dolls, these girls can really SING. Let’s get an album out and remind everyone how great they are.
- Miley Cyrus
Yes, I like pop music. Her material with the Hannah Montana show was good, and her last few chart hits (Party in the USA, The Climb) show that she is more than just a teen artist. Now she’s engaged to her hunky costar from “The Last Song.” Hopefully she will release some new music after the wedding.
- Jonas Brothers
I wonder who is managing these guys these days? Joe on “The Choice,” “The Next” and Miss USA Judge and Kevin doing a reality show called “Married to a Jonas”? I really think they are diluting their brand as the Jonas Brothers. Get back to making music. Now, they are doing a few shows in NYC and LA this fall… not sure when the album is coming out.
Who do you want to see have a comeback? I would love to hear who your favorites are, and who should be in the spotlight again.
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