The entertainment industry is a pretty rough world to be involved in. One minute celebs are the worlds most adored person, the next they're completely forgotten about. Being a celebrity might look easy, but staying relevant should be considered a talent, especially in this social media world we now live in. It seems anyone can be relevant overnight these days! So many names come and go to the point where it's hard to keep up.
Those who have managed to stay relevant have managed to brand themselves in a way that their fans still care to invest their time and money in them. Whether that's changing up their image, venturing into other jobs, maybe keeping the image their admirers fell in love with initially, or maybe it's the way they connect with their fans. It's all some-what a myth to some degree how our favorite names have stayed at the top for so long but regardless, we're still out here supporting them!
Here are 10 celebrities who used to be talked about a decade ago, and 10 we still love and keep up with!
Beyonce Knowles started her career in the hugely successful Destiny's Child. She went on to conquer a solo career that is still going incredibly strong. 10 years ago she was happily promoting her huge third studio album "I Am... Sasha Fierce" which included some of her signature singles "If I Were A Boy", "Halo" and "Single Ladies". 10 years later, she is still at the top of her game. She's performed at the SuperBowl Halftime Show twice since 2013, gone from selling out arenas to stadiums and releases groundbreaking visual albums that pretty much BREAK THE INTERNET. Her last studio album released in 2016 titled "Lemonade" earned her nine Grammy Award nominations the following year with her winning two. Come two years after the release, Beyonce released a joint album with her husband Jay-Z called "Everything Is Love" which was met with critical acclaim and won Album of the Year at the BET Awards.
Do you remember this name? Leona Lewis won the UK's X Factor back in 2005. She won a £1 million recording contract with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco Music.
The single from her debut album "Spirit" was titled "Bleeding Love".
Sound familiar? Well, the song was pretty huge. The single topped the charts globally including the US making her the third female artist from the UK to have a number one hit with a debut American single. Her debut album would go on to sell over three million copies in the UK and a million in the US. Everything was going strong for Lewis as she was being acknowledged at big award ceremonies like the Brit and Grammy Awards. Her second album "Echo" did relatively well back off her debut record but her sales would continue to plummet. Her third studio album "Glasshouse" didn't get a global release and her last album "I Am" in 2015 didn't make the top 10 in any country and sold only 24k copies worldwide in the first week. Oops.
Britney Spears. Who DOESN'T know that name? Since bursting onto the pop scene in the 90s with her incredible debut single "Baby One More Time", Spears' career has been talked about non-stop. 10 years ago, Britney was embarking on her comeback tour for her album "Circus" which was a huge success. The tour grossed over 130 million dollars and was attended by 1.5 million. Skip 10 years later, our Britney is still selling out those huge arenas around the world. She recently embarked on a North American and European tour met with great reviews. Her hugely popular "Piece of Me" residency Vegas show won Best of Las Vegas award in 2015 and 2017. In 2019, a new Vegas Britney show will start titled "Domination". Have you got tickets yet?
Once upon a time, Keri Hilson was a name everyone wanted to work with. Hilson began her career as a songwriter, writing tracks for several artists in the mid-2000s as part of the five-person production and songwriting team The Clutch. Hilson and her team wrote Britney's chart-topper "Gimme More", Omarion's "Ice Box", Ciara's "Like a Boy" and Pussycat Dolls' "Bite The Dust" and many more. Are you shook? In 2009, Hilson released her debut album "In A Perfect World" after releasing her platinum 2008 single "Turnin Me On" which featured Lil Wayne. The album would contain the huge "Knock You Down" featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo.
Her single got nominated for a Grammy and Hilson was on the rise.
After the release of her second album, "No Boys Allowed" which didn't match the same success, Keri's music career went pretty quiet. She took a long time off of social media and it seemed everyone forgot she existed. She did make a mini-comeback venturing into acting but no new music is yet to be seen or heard.
It's kinda crazy to think Keeping Up With The Kardashians started ELEVEN years ago?! Kim Kardashian, was always somewhat the main star of the show - even back then. The E! hit reality show has seen Kim grow up and everyone has had their own opinion of her whether they admit to care about her existence or not. In 2018, Kim is a super successful businesswoman. She's had her own spin-off shows with her sisters, married successful and candid rapper Kanye West and now has three children with him. She has released six perfumes since 2009 and started her own makeup brand "KKW Beauty" in 2017. Kim made a cameo appearance in the heist film Ocean's 8 in 2018 and still remains one of the most followed people on social media. Her Insta profile boasts 120 million followers.
Rob Kardashian, who was once everybody's women's crush Wednesdays doesn't seem to be anybody's anymore. 10 years ago, Kardashian dated Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon who were once couple goals. Since then, Rob's dating life hasn't gotten much better.
He dated Rita Ora in 2012, then went on to get engaged to model Blac Chyna after three months of dating in 2016.
They had a child together but the relationship had already ended before the end of the year. Come 2018, Rob keeps a low profile.
Keira Knightley might only be 33 years young but her film career began way back in 1995 playing Young Celia in "Innocent Lies". Since then, Knightley's career has gone from strength to strength. She has had lead roles in "Bend It Like Beckham", "Pirates Of The Carribean", "Pride & Prejudice", and many more. In 2018, Knightley appeared in two big-screen movies, "Colette", and "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" and is listed to be in four more upcoming movies including "The Aftermath". Keira has been nominated for many awards and has taken home many trophies. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, the last nomination was in 2015 for Best Supporting Actress for "The Imitation Game".
Unlike Keira Knightley, Megan Fox is barely seen on the big screen anymore.
Back in the late 2000s and early 10s, Fox appeared in film's such as "Transformers", "Jennifer's Body", and "This Is 40".
Just over ten years ago, Lady Gaga released her debut album The Fame. An album that would shape pop music for a whole generation and would influence many artists. Since then, Gaga's career has peaked many times. She has achieved three number one singles and five number one albums in the US. In 2017, Lady Gaga performed at the Superbowl Halftime Show that was watched by 117.5 million viewers in the United States, exceeding the game's total of 113.3 million viewers. In 2018, she took her acting career to the next level and played a lead role in "A Star Is Born" which scored 354.5 million dollars at the box office. Gaga's music and acting career couldn't be going better for the star. At the end of 2018, she will start her Las Vegas residency "Lady Gaga Enigma".
You might have forgotten but Nelly Furtado was once one of the best selling female artists. Her debut album, "Whoa, Nelly!", sold 9 million copies worldwide and included one of her signature singles "I'm Like A Bird". In 2006, her career re-peaked with her third studio album "Loose" which sold 12 million copies worldwide.
Her singles "Promiscuous", "Maneater", and "Say It Right" were chart toppers around the world and made her a household name.
By 2008, Nelly Furtado was one of pop music's biggest stars. In 2009 she released her first and only Spanish album titled "Mi Plan" which did well across Europe and the Latin charts. A year later she released a greatest hits compilation which didn't make any impact. Two years later she released her fifth studio album "The Spirit Indestructible" which was met with mixed reviews and sold far less than her Spanish record. It only charted at number 79 in the US which was her lowest charting album until 2017's "The Ride" that failed to chart in most countries.
The Spice Girls are living proof that girl power still lives on! To a lot of young kids, the group was probably their introduction to feminism. When they burst onto the pop scene with their debut single "Wannabe", they became global household names. Each fan could identify with at least one of them. When they decided to call it a day back in 2000, they didn't reunite until 2007. Their "The Return of the Spice Girls Tour" kicked off in December 2007 in Canada and grossed over 107 million dollars from the 47 shows. Ten years after the tour ended, they announced that they would be embarking on another comeback tour that will kick off in 2019. Andrew Parsons, Ticketmaster's managing director revealed that “There were millions of people on our site searching for tickets, with a queue at one point of well over 700,000.” Thousands of tickets were sold within minutes. Who's ready to spice up their life for another time?!
Justin Timberlake's music career started off at such a great start at the beginning of his pop career. NSYNC were huge and so was Justin's solo career when it first took off. His first four studio albums were successful and so were the tours he embarked on for them. His 2018 fifth studio album "Man of the Woods" met with negative to mixed reviews and has been completely forgotten about since it's release.
His "The Man of the Woods Tour" met with positive reviews but he had to postpone and ax a bunch of the shows with no reason given.
Poor ticket sales it seems. Timberlake recently released a book titled "Hindsight & All the Things I Can't See in Front of Me" and used Britney as a way to get people to talk about the book despite everyone already knowing he's written songs about her. He basically used his ex-girlfriends name to get people to take interest in it. Desperate.
Naomi Campbell's modeling career started at a young age of 15 when she was recruited. Since then she established herself as one of the most recognizable faces of the 80s and 90s and declared herself as a supermodel. Naomi has ventured into many other projects since. She released an R&B-pop studio album, acted in many TV shows and films, became a supermodel mentor and executive producer of "The Face". At age 48, Campbell is still a successful model still gracing the covers of magazines globally. She currently plays the role of Rose Crane in Fox's show "Star". They say that your modeling career is quickly over as you get older with age but clearly Naomi Campbell's timeless beauty says differently.
Spotted while shopping with fashion designer Henry Holland, Agyness Deyn's modeling career pretty much started then.
In May 2007, she graced the cover of American Vogue, alongside other models being named "The World's Next Top Models".
She also has been seen on the cover of other Vogue issues like the UK and Italian editions. After walking many runways for many huge designers, it seemed Deyn was in it for the long run. She attempted a music career and released a single with a UK band that flopped so hard, it didn't even make the top 100 singles chart and got a rating of 2/10 by NME magazine. She became a member of a group called Lucky Knitwear who are now defunct. She's done some acting but nothing that you could name and it seems like she isn't gracing any household name magazine covers anymore. Agyness was pretty much everywhere at one point that she was named the Most Annoying Person of 2008, which was an end-of-year list the BBC used to do. Where is she now?
Rihanna, also known as RiRi really knows how to brand herself. Starting out in 2005 as a young singer from Barbados, Rihanna is now a 30-year-old global business mogul. GO ON GIRL. With huge hits like "Umbrella", "Don't Stop The Music", "We Found Love" and "Work", her music career shows no signs of slowing down. In between being an international pop star, she also has her own hugely successful makeup brand called "Fenty Beauty". Time magazine named "Fenty Beauty" as one "The 25 Best Inventions of 2017". A year later in 2018, she launched a lingerie brand named "Savage X Fenty". RiRi had a large role in the successful film "Ocean's 8" and will be in "Guava Island" with Donald Glover.
Lindsay Lohan has been talked about so much over the past 10 years to the point where we have to question if it's because she's been relevant all this time or not. The only acting role Lindsay took on 10 years ago in 2008, was a mini role in "Ugly Betty" where she appeared in four episodes. Nothing in recent years has ever lived up to Lohan's best films which were in the early 2000s such as, "Mean Girls", "The Parent Trap", "Freaky Friday", and, "Herbie: Fully Reloaded".
She attempted a comeback in 2014 by doing an 8 part documentary series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.
The ratings were pretty low and would slip week by week. Lohan in 2018? Does anyone know what her latest venture is?
30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto kinda has it all. A successful music career, an acting career spanning over two decades and the face of various designer brands. The debut 30 Seconds To Mars came out in 2002, but Leto's acting career started out in 1995. In 2018, the band released their fifth studio album "America" that went top 10 in most countries. They toured the album around the world to thousands of fans each night. Leto had a lead role in "Suicide Squad" playing The Joker in 2016, a movie that grossed over 700 million dollars worldwide. A year later he appeared in "Blade Runner 2049" which got nominated for five Academy Awards.
Amanda Bynes started her career as a young children's actress. Her big breakthrough was on Nickelodeon's "The Amanda Show" in 1999 which was an American live-action sketch comedy show. The show ran until 2002.
She had a lead role in the television show "What I Like About You" and big blockbuster movies such as "She's The Man" and "Hairspray".
In 2010 Bynes announced that she was taking a hiatus from acting and is yet to have done any acting since. She, unfortunately, had a public mental breakdown in 2013 and is more known for that recently over anything else she's done sadly.
P!nk came onto the music scene with her debut album "Can't Take Me Home" in 2000. Since then her music career has gone from strength to strength. With each album, the public has fallen in love with her more. 10 years ago, P!nk released her fifth studio album "Funhouse" which scored the huge hits "So What" and "Sober". With that album, P!nk embarked on a tour with the same name playing arenas worldwide. That tour was so huge, she went on to play a "Funhouse Summer Carnival" tour where she headlined festivals and played stadiums. Ten years later and P!nk is now on her seventh studio album "Beautiful Trauma", also a mum of two and still playing arenas and stadiums. In the summer of 2019, P!nk will start the stadium leg of her tour in Europe. P!nk has referred to herself as an underdog and it's clear she's right.
Nicole Richie became a household name when she and her childhood best friend Paris Hilton had their own reality TV show "The Simple Life".
Unlike Paris, Richie hasn't managed to stay relevant and keep up with the times. Hilton is still out there and well, Nicole just... isn't. Richie went into acting and was cast as Portia Scott-Griffith in "Great News" and had a lead role for the two seasons it was on. The show was a success but was still canceled by the production company. Nicole went into Fashion and had success with that too but it just seems she comes and goes and isn't remembered.
References: Wikipedia, Capital FM, Life and Style Mag, Daily Mail, NME, Metro