You’re Still Around?! Celebrities We Just Knew Would be One-Hit Wonders
Celebrities come and go and while some get lucky, others have their moment of fame and fade out quite quickly. For some that minute of fame is enough to make them life-long millionaires, for others, the moment isn’t enough to sustain the life of the rich and famous. In any case, here are 14 very well-known celebrities that we thought for sure would be one-hit wonders, but turned out to be anything but.
When Rihanna’s reggae-inspired breakthrough single, Pon De Replay hit the sound waves and music t.v. stations in 2005 it seemed as though the song, and RiRi herself, would just be a summer hit. However, after her 2005 album, Rihanna continued to fill the airwaves, debuting a new album in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. With every album she’s released, she’s had at least two hit songs that have continued to boost her popularity. Today she’s sold around 25 million albums and 60 digital singles around the world, plus she just snagged her first no. 1 album, Unapologetic.
Justin Bieber was first discovered in 2008 through YouTube videos and worked to release his first album, My World in November 2009. At the ripe age of 15, it didn’t seem likely that Bieber’s career would go much further than his first single Baby. But, despite his age, the Biebs has become a worldwide hit, especially amongst tweens and teens. To date, he’s been named Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Top New Artist, and several other awards and nominations.
Ciara hit the Hollywood stage with her debut songs “Goodies” and “1,2, Step,” about the same time that Rihanna did. Her first album went triple platinum and her second album, released in 2006, wasn’t nearly as successful. Her third album, released in 2009, had one hit, “Love Sex Magic” and after that Ciara’s career was in decline. In 2011 she was dropped by Jive Records and resigned with Epic Labels by September 2011, but Ciara is set to release an album in 2013 and has since broadened her career through acting.
Katy Perry’s breakthrough song, “I Kissed a Girl” didn’t seem like one that would stick around for long. The song was catchy and risque, but it definitely sounded like a one-hit wonder. However, after several other successful songs, including “Waking Up in Vegas” and “Hot n Cold,” Katy has definitely made a name for herself in Hollywood. She became a truly commercial success with her song “Teenage Dream” and her popularity has yet to dwindle. She has sold 11 million albums worldwide and is the only artist to be on the Hot 100 list for 69 consecutive weeks.
LMFAO released their song “Party Rock” in July 2008 and while the song was definitely one you’d hear blaring from car windows and on iPods around the world, LMFAO seemed to be responsible for a summer hit, and that’s it. However, the dance-electro pop group continued to gain popularity after pairing with David Guetta and eventually released “Party Rock Anthem” in January 2011. “I’m Hot and I Know It” also became an instant hit. To date the duo has won Billboard’s Top Dance Song, Top Pop Song, Top Digital Song, and several other awards.
Ke$ha first rose to fame after teaming with Flo Rida for her single “Right Round.” Soon after, she released her first album, Animal in 2010, which became best known for the song “Tik Tok.” With a very eccentric image and style, Ke$ha rose to fame quickly, but could have definitely faded out just as fast. However, after releasing Warrior in 2012, she has continued to gain fans and sell plenty of albums, especially with her new song, “Die Young.” Ke$ha has racked up a total of 14 awards as of 2012.
Keri Hilson by far isn’t the most successful artist on this list, but by no means is she a one-hit wonder. Miss Keri Baby has long been in the music industry, writing songs for Mary J. Blige and several other artists. She got her big breakthrough in 2009 with her first album, In a Perfect World… The album was certified gold after releasing hit songs “Knock You Down,” “Turnin’ Me On,” and “I Like.” Keri released No Boys Allowed in 2010 but the album wasn’t nearly as successful. As of now Keri is pursuing an acting career and working on a third album.
Alecia Moore, better known as P!nk, hit the music scene running in 2000 with the single “There You Go” from the album Can’t Take Me Home. P!nk released albums in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Every single album produced at least one hit single. With six albums in her pocket, P!nk has sold over 40 million albums all over the world. She’s won three Grammy Awards so far.
Soulja Boy released his most notable and memorable song, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” in September 2007. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart not too long after it was released. The single was part of his album, Souljaboytellem.com, which went certified platinum. Since 2007, Soulja Boy released two more albums, iSouljaBoyTellem and The DeAndre Way, neither of which were as successful as his first, but did produce hit singles including “Kiss Me Thru the Phone,” “Turn My Swag On,” and “Pretty Boy Swag.” He’s confirmed to be working on another album right now.
When Lady Gaga first hit the music scene with her song “Just Dance,” it seemed as though she was quirky and eccentric enough to keep the limelight for just long enough, but her minute of fame would eventually fade out. However, ever since her first hit single, Gaga has done nothing but create even more hits including “Poker Face,” “Telephone,” “Bad Romance,” “Alejandro,” “Born This Way,” and “The Edge of Glory.” Lady Gaga has sold 23 million albums worldwide and has earned five Grammy Awards and was ranked fourth by VH1 in a list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.
Wiz Khalifa has been around since 2006 with his first album Show and Prove but it really wasn’t until 2010 when he released the single Black and Yellow that the rapper really hit the mainstream. The song made it to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, he released Rolling Papers which hit number two on the Billboard 200. Wiz has also had hits with “Payphone” featuring Maroon 5 and “Young, Wild, & Free” featuring Bruno Mars and Snoop Dogg.
With her crazy outfits, enormous hair, and over-the-top personality, Nicki seemed the perfect gimmicky candidate to be a one hit wonder. Not the case. Nicki Minaj’s first studio album, Pink Friday was certified platinum, just a month after it was released and she’s had seven hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at once. Her second album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” was released in 2012 and also topped the charts around the world.
Paired with being an actress, it seemed as though Demi Lovato would have to choose between acting and her singing career, but crazily enough she has been able to do both quite successfully. Her first album was released in September 2008 and received a gold certification. Here We Go Again, her second album, was released in July 2009 and her third in September 2011. All of her albums have earned a spot on the Billboard 200.
When you think of Avril Lavigne, you think of her most famous song, “Sk8er Boi” and though her fame and popularity have slowly decreased, she is no one hit wonder. Avril has had plenty of popular singles including “Complicated,” “I’m With You,” “My Happy Ending,” and “Girlfriend.” She’s released four studio albums and is currently working on a fifth.