We are looking at the four things this year that went from famous to faux pas in the music industry.
4. Lil Wayne
Possibly the greatest rapper of all time had a terrible 2010 starting with his album “Rebirth.” The album which was simply someone playing guitar and Lil Wayne auto-tuning all over it. The album also tanked in sales, where 2008’s Tha Carter III sold 1 million copies in one week Rebirth fared much worse, debuting at number 2. The news became worse with Weezy F. Baby when he was sent to jail for drug use and it was there that he returned to work. He released his next studio album I Am Not A Human Being, which was not as critically poor as Rebirth, but it fared poorly commercially.
The future does look bright for Lil Wayne after a Saturday Night Live performance of the first single of Tha Carter IV, 6 Foot, 7 Foot.
3. American Idol
With the exception of the Katy Perry guest judge episode American Idol was boring this year. The contestants were boring (LEE!), the judges were boring (ELLEN!), the mentors were boring (HARRY CONNICK JR.!), everything was so monotonous that it had seemed even Simon had tuned out for his final season. The season’s only bright spot, Crystal Bowersox, has been under promoted by Jive and her debut is set to tank. Hopefully this seasons dramatic changes will inspire a livelier year.
2. Miley Cyrus
Being completely serious, Can’t Be Tamed, is Miley’s most Grammy worthy album ever. Yes, there is no song on the record comparable to either Party in the USA or The Climb, but as a whole the record tells a story. The record is killed by Miley adding her sexed up image into the mix. The album was neither critically or commercially acclaimed and made many mock Cyrus for her behavior.
Cyrus became even more of a “rebel” in 2010 when videos were leaked online of her smoking salvia, a legal substance. In 2010 Miley moved on from role model to scumbag.
1. Christina Aguilera
The story of yet another artist ruining her talent on her sexed up image. Christina Aguilera is one of the most talented women in music, but her highly anticipated comeback album Bionic was a flop because it was filled with more provocative auto-tuned tracks than lovely ballads. The album was Christina’s lowest selling ever, and drew many comparisons to Lady Gaga.
After releasing Burlesque, a movie accused of bribing the Golden Globes for nominations, Christina will have to rehab her image and return to using her real instrument, her voice.