Can Psy Top His 'Gangnam Style' Success

Vanilla Ice has gone from rapper to lớn real estate developerDebbie Gibson had a stint on "Celebrity Apprentice"A-ha got a resurgence in fame with the group"s 20th anniversaryPsy enjoyed a gold-star year in 2012, piling up 3.6 million tải về sales and 1 billion đoạn Clip views with his huge hit, Gangnam giới Style. But now that the Pony dance has galloped around the globe, the 35-year-old South Korean rapper is ready for a new groove. He told MTV News that he may be "ending" Gangnam Style because it got "too popular," & he"ll be working on a new single.

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What are the possibilities that he"ll repeat Gangphái nam Style"s success? "The chances of capturing that zeitgeist are very small," says Keith Caulfield, associate director of charts at Billboard. "Gangnam Style was at the right place and right time." Adding to the unlikelihood of another Gangphái mạnh phenom: Psy doesn"t sing in English, which diminishes his chances of a second success in America.


If history is any indication, Psy faces an insurmountable challenge. "The same question could be asked of Gotye"s Somebody toàn thân That I Used to Know or Carly Rae Jepsen"s hotline Me Maybe," says Caulfield. "But as long as they keep making good music, it doesn"t matter. Did Bruce Springsteen have another Born in the USA? Did Madonmãng cầu have another Like a Virgin? No. But they went on lớn other successes."


Here"s a look at four other artists who had it all, until they didn"t.

MC HAMMER

Signature song:U Can"t Touch This (1990)

Dissing the hit: With five sầu singles that went top 10 on Billboard"s Hot 100 chart, Hammer was far from a one-hit wonder. But rap purists decried his rampant sampling, saying he was stealing more than borrowing from others" songs. That there were MC Hammer dolls in toy stores & a Saturday morning cartoon, Hammerman, only added to lớn the ridicule from his peers. He responded khổng lồ the backlash by dropping the "MC" from his stage name và took a grittier stance with his music.

How his story played out: His 1991 album Too Legit to Quit met with success, but on 1995"s Inside Out, Hammer nailed the coffin shut. By 1996, his notoriously lavish lifestyle caught up with hlặng và he filed for bankruptcy.

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VANILLA ICE

Signature song: Ice Ice Baby (1990)

Dissing the hit: With the meteoric success of his debut album, To the Extreme, the Miamày rapper attempted khổng lồ stretch his moment with a documentary, Cool As Ice (1991). By then, however, fans had moved on. Over the years, he tried on different styles – laidback rap, gangster rap và an amalgamation of roông chồng và rap – but nothing fit. In 1999, he appeared on MTV"s 25 Lame, a special ridiculing the worst music videos, and trashed the set with a baseball bat, a clear acknowledgement that his Ice Ice Baby đoạn Clip is, in fact, lame.

How his story played out: Vanilla Ice, aka Robert Van Winkle, turned lớn real-estate development. He earned plenty of money by renovating houses and flipping them. He even had a DIY reality TV show, The Vanilla Ice Project.

DEBBIE GIBSON

Signature song:Only In My Dreams (1987)

Dissing the hit: She had a few more hits (Foolish Beat, Shake Your Love), all before she graduated high school. Then she grew up & insisted on being called "Deborah."

How her story played out: Her attempt at changing her image from dễ thương bubblegum-popping teen to sultry singer didn"t take with fans. But she gathered a considerable following when she switched her focus khổng lồ Broadway, landing starring roles in Les Miserables và a West End production of Grease.

A-HA

Signature song:Take On Me (1985)

Dissing the hit: The Norwegian heartthrobs" groundbreaking music đoạn Clip for Take On Me and the popularity of 1985 debut album Hunting High and Low made them international stars. They tried khổng lồ evolve sầu their sound, moving from synth-pop to lớn roông xã with sophomore album Scoundrel Days, but it bombed in the USA.

How the group"s story played out: Although the b& landed the coveted gig of doing a Bond theme tuy vậy (1987"s TheLiving Daylights), they faded out of sight.