15 Famous Musicians Who Made a MAJOR Comeback in 2017
November 30, 2017
We’re just going to go ahead and say it: 2017 has been ROUGH. We have seen some of our all-time favorite
couples break up or get divorced, almost every highly anticipated movie was a total flop and horrific news of men using their power to sexually abuse others has been coming out ever since . While we attempt to crawl our way to 2018 without any more bad news, our eyes are fixed on the music industry. Harvey Weinstein was outed by brave women
Listening to music is one of our favorite ways to get out of our own heads and escape reality for a little while. Thankfully, music is one of the few things that wasn’t a complete disappointment this year. We saw musicians come together from all over in support of
Ariana Grande to honor the victims and their families from the deadly Manchester bombing and some of our favorite artists returned to the spotlight after years. So, for your pleasure, we rounded up all of the musicians who made a major comeback in 2017:
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Taylor Swift is the QUEEN of 2017... and she was nowhere to be seen for most of it! Ever since
Kim Kardashian uploaded video footage of Tay talking to Kanye West about his "Famous" lyrics, Taylor practically became a hermit. The only thing she really did was contribute to the Fifty Shades Darker alum, and when the two-year mark since 1989 hit, fans weren't sure when we'd get new music from Taylor. She surprised us all by making her grand return with Reputation and made it clear that she's here to stay.
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Selena Gomez has also had quite the year. Like Taylor, Selena was noticeably absent on social media and at red carpets. In 2015, she released her album,
Revival, and went on tour. However, in 2016, she canceled the European and South American legs of her tour due to anxiety, panic attacks and depression caused by her lupus.
Since then, Sel was pretty much M.I.A. She returned to the spotlight when she announced that over the summer that she had a kidney transplant, courtesy of her best friend,
Francia Raisa. Selena has released four songs this year, and all were positively received. At the American Music Awards, Selena performed live for the first and only time this year, marking her return.
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Although Demi released "Body Say" and "Stone Cold" last year, this year we finally got a brand-new, full-length album with
Tell Me You Love Me. Demi's "Sorry Not Sorry" marked a new era for the Camp Rock alum and we couldn't be more excited.
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Miley has done a complete 360 from her previous solo music.
Younger Now is a far cry from Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which was released in 2015 after her infamous MTV VMAs hosting spot. In May, Miley released "Malibu," which took us back to her country roots and proved that she is constantly evolving and maturing as an artist.
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Katy is so busy that we totally forgot that
Prism was released way back in 2013! Although she has done a ton of performances and brought Left Shark into our lives, we got new music from Katy for the first time in four years in February. With her album, Witness, we see Katy take on a whole new sound as she becomes more politically involved.
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Sam pretty much disappeared after his acceptance speech flub at the Oscars in 2015 when he said that he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar, which is not correct at all and he received a TON of backlash.
In 2016, he mentioned that he was back in the studio, but we had no other info, so we were so excited when he suddenly announced new music AND a whole album.
The Thrill of It All is an intimate look into Sam's life and we are living for it!
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In 2013, Kesha began her long legal battle with her former producer,
Dr. Luke, who she accused of sexually, physically and emotionally abusing her. Because Dr. Luke was her producer, she was unable to record and release new music without his approval.
In July of this year, Kesha announced her first new single since 2013 with "Praying." The song became an instant success and in August her album,
Rainbow, was released.
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We have been waiting FIVE years for a new P!nk album and this year we were finally blessed with
Beautiful Trama. From this album, we got tons of new songs, like "What About Us." We got to see P!nk in all her glory when she performed on the side of a building while being suspended in the air at the American Music Awards. What CAN'T she do?!
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Kelly gave us the emotional and incredible album
Piece by Piece back in 2015 and we have been dying for more music ever since. Our wishes came true when she released Meaning of Life in October and we have been listening non-stop. Kelly even performed a duet of "Everybody Hurts" with P!nk at the American Music Awards.
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It's been seven whole years since Eminem released an album and we are desperately waiting for
Revival's release. Although we haven't gotten new music in so long, Eminem has stayed busy executive producing and collaborating. He performed one of his new songs, "Walk on Water," at the 2017 European Music Awards and we are so ready to hear more!
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Aly & AJ
Suddenly it feels like 2007 again! These Disney Channel alums have been a duo since 2004, but it's been four years since the sisters released new music.
In 2016, they confirmed that a new album was in the works and in August we got
Take Me, the first album off of their EP, Ten Years. We are so here for this comeback and have "Potential Breakup Song" on repeat.
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Pharrell's band, N.E.R.D, is making a comeback of its own! Pharrell started the band with Chad Hugo and Shay Haley and haven't released anything since 2010. In that time, Pharrell's solo career really took off and fans didn't think that they would see N.E.R.D in its completion again.
Suddenly, in October, the band began advertising new music and announced that a new album,
No_One Ever Really Dies, is in the works. Cue the freaking out!
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It has been a tough year for Linkin Park. After announcing the band's new album in 2015, it finally came to fruition this year. In February, the musical group's first new single, "Heavy," was released and LP's seventh album,
One More Light, was released in May.
Sadly, in July, tragedy struck with
Chester Bennington's sudden death by suicide. Linkin Park quickly canceled its upcoming tour and held a concert in Chester's memory. The remaining members also announced that they will be releasing a live album compiled from their final tour with Chester, One More Light: Live>, on December 15.
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Paramore is another group that had a highly anticipated return to the spotlight. The band's newest album,
After Laughter, includes its first new music since 2013 and we are seriously loving the new sound. With singles like "Told You So" and "Hard Times," we are so excited to see them back on stage.
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It's been four years since
Big Time Rush ended, but James is just getting started on his solo career. James posted videos of him singing covers on YouTube on and off for a few years, but this year he finally released his own music. His album, How I Like It, features his first solo singles, "How I Like It" and "Cry," and we are so excited to see what he does next!
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