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With Lionel Richie back at No 1, Smooth crows about some of the Greatest Comebacks of Smooth artists.
After playing live at Glastonbury Festival in 2015, Mr Richie drew over 120,000 fans to witness him play the Legends afternoon slot on the Pyramid Stage. Almost being drowned out by fans singing along to his classics including Hello and Easy, his crest of popularity saw a further rise when greatest hits album The Definitive Collection went back to No 1.
Following a live set at the Hammersmith Apollo in 1979, Kate Bush waited 35 years before returning to the same venue in 2014. The 22-show set, entitled Before the Dawn, sold out within minutes and sent eight of Kate's albums into the UK Top 40 at the same time, beating the record set by Madonna. Now, that's a comeback.
David Bowie's 2003 release Reality failed to make a huge impact on the worldwide music charts and Bowie disappearing from the public limelight after its release. However, ten years later in 2013, Bowie rocketed back to the top of the UK charts with his critically acclaimed new album The Next Day. In the same year, the 'David Bowie Is...' exhibition sold out at the V&A museum. Never underestimate the ever-changing chameleon of pop.
Cher rose to prominence as one half of 60s duo Sonny & Cher who had hits like I Got You Babe. In the 80s her power ballads like Turn Back Time, the video filmed on a navy warship, were popular but she saw a dip in both her music and film career in the 90s. Cher proved this was just a lull when she released Believe in 1998, which went on to become the biggest recording of 1998, staying at Number One for 7 weeks in the UK and selling 11 million copies worldwide.
After his arrest for 'engaging in a lewd act' in a Los Angeles public toilet, many thought Michael's career might have the nail hammered into the coffin. But the release of new song Outside, with its cheeky video of Michael dressed in a policeman's outfit and singing in a disco ball toilet, saw Michael's biggest UK hit in years. The album, a greatest hits collection named Ladies & Gentlemen, has spent 200 weeks on the UK charts and is the 38th best-selling album ever.
For the first time in sixteen years, Fleetwood Mac reunited this year (2015) with their original lineup for the 'On With the Show' tour. Fans were besides themselves with anticipation for original Rumours lineup Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and John McVie. And the band didn't disappoint in their London 02 shows, with The Telegraph writing: 'there is really no way this band could be anything less than extraordinary.'
His prison concerts and Man In Black albums in the 60s and 70s were classic, but Johnny Cash's albums stopped selling so well in the 1980s, and there were ill-advised forays into children's music and Christmas songs. But in the late 90s his collaboration with rap/hard rock producer Rick Rubins produced some of the most critically lauded records of his career, the American Recordings. Most famously, his epitaph was a cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt, which won plaudits across the globe.
Tina Turner allegedly suffered sixteen years of abuse at the hands of her partner Ike, before leaving him in 1976. For seven years she didn't have a significant hit, until she signed with Capitol Records in 1983. Recorded in the space of two months, her phenomenally successful 1984 album Private Dancer contained the hits What's Love Got To Do With It, Private Dancer and I Can't Stand the Rain. It relaunched the career of the singer who would record the legendary Simply the Best anthem.