It’s kind of crazy to think we’re so far into the millennium that we can now look back and wonder whatever happened to the one hit wonders who emerged after the turn of the century. From massive pop hits to power ballads and raps we used to rhyme with, be prepared for your jaw to drop when you find out where some of these artists are now!
In 2004 J-Kwon was front and center in the music spotlight thanks to his song “Tipsy” off his album Hood Hop, which peaked at #7 on The Billboard 200.
Since “Tipsy,” J-Kwon has released a follow up album in 2009, Hood Hop 2, which failed to hit with the music masses and a diss track directed at Odd Future and Pusha-T in 2013.
2001 was an incredible year for Crazy Town whose single “Butterfly” shot to #1 on the Billboard charts boosting their album sales and garnering legions of fans worldwide.
After the release of their 2002 album Darkhorse, the band went on hiatus and singer Shifty Shellshock (real name Seth Binzer) went on to release the smash collaboration with Paul Oakenfold, “Starry-Eyed Surprise,” and had small parts in a few film projects. Crazy Town got back together in late 2014 to release a new single “Megatron” and announced plans to tour throughout 2015.
Vanessa Carlton was one of the most recognizable singer-songwriter voices of 2002 with her song "A Thousand Miles," which became the sixth most played song of the year.
The success of "A Thousand Miles" was not followed up by her future releases, however, Vanessa has maintained a career as a working musician. She’s released four albums, her most recent, Liberman in October 2015. Vanessa is now happily married with a nine-month-old daughter.
While we’ve seen Cee-lo stay in the spotlight as a successful solo artist and judge on The Voice, Brian has continued to have a booming career in music behind the scenes. He’s produced music for artists such as U2, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beck. Brian is also one half of the group Broken Bells. He has gone on to win five Grammys for his performance and producing work.
Hoobastank saw a boom in their popularity when their 2004 single “The Reason” was released, hitting #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
After riding high on the wave of success, the band sort of fell into obscurity of mainstream music, but went on to release four more albums, none of which hit as big with music fans. The band is still together, making music and playing shows to loyal fans.
The Calling’s first album Camino Palmero was helmed by their hit “Wherever You Will Go,” which appeared in numerous television and movie spots including Coyote Ugly, Smallville, Star Trek Enterprise and Cold Case. Billboard named it the #1 adult pop song of the decade.
After extensive touring, the band went on hiatus in 2005. Lead singer Alex Band pursued a solo career, which didn’t quite take off, and in 2013, it was announced the band was getting back together with a new lineup of members.
2006 was a big year for Daniel Powter, whose single “Bad Day” topped the charts and was used extensively during season 5 of American Idol.
Since his 15 minutes of fame, Daniel has continued making music and releasing singles, which unfortunately have never reached the success of “Bad Day.” However, Daniel continues to tour and do session work with other music artists.
Getting publicity from her single, and dating Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys wasn’t enough to keep her singing career on a high note. While her solo career sunk, Willa Ford has still continued to make music. She also turned her on-camera talents into steady work with MTV, hosting some of their original programming in the early aughts including, TRL, Say What Karaoke, The Morning After, and I Bet You Will. She also competed on season 3 of Dancing With The Stars and posed for Playboy.
Vitamin C’s "Graduation (Friends Forever)" was the anthem for every high school graduating class of 2000, and an earworm of music fans everywhere.
After the success of "Graduation Day (Friends Forever)," Vitamin C followed up with a second album and released two singles, which failed to hit with music fans. She focused her attention on songwriting and churned out tunes sung by Emma Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez during their days of acting on Nickelodeon and Disney shows. Working with young teen talent lead to her current position as Vice President of Music for Nickelodeon.
In 2000, P. Diddy’s girl group Dream had a smash hit with “He Loves U Not.”
Since the dissolution of the group, the girls have been busy. Ashley Poole has continued to make music. In 2014 she released a few singles and was rumored to be working on a solo album. According to Diana Ortiz’s twitter, she is a food and beverage manager. Holly Blake-Arnstein is married and working as an occupational therapist in San Francisco. Melissa Schuman turned her on-camera talent toward acting. She continues to pursue acting and writing in LA. In 2015 the group reunited for an a capella version of the hit that put their name on the music map and posted it to YouTube.
After their single became a smash, the brothers continued working in the industry. However, after 10 years in the music business, the brothers took a break to pursue other projects including acting, producing, screen writing and inventing. They currently split their time between Nashville and Los Angeles.
Hinder’s 2005 power ballad, “Lips Of An Angel” was the breakthrough hit for the band, selling over 3.6 million copies in the US.
Since hitting it big, the band has released four albums and continued to tour, however in 2013, Austin Winkler left the band to enter rehab. After a string of singers filling in, Winkler was permanently replaced by Marshal Dutton in 2015.
In 2003, rapper Cassidy dropped “Hotel,” featuring R. Kelly, and found a home in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
Cassidy - Now
In 2006 Cassidy was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a 2005 murder and spent eight months in jail. He made a music comeback in 2006 and had continued success until 2009. Since then, he has had ongoing beef with rapper Meek Mill, participated in public rap battles, and ghost writes for other rappers in the industry.
Since hitting it big, Soulja Boy has continued to make music, releasing four more albums, the most recent, Blessed in July 2015. However, none have experienced the same commercial success.
Fountains of Wayne - "Stacy's Mom"
In 2003 Fountains of Wayne were nominated for a Best Vocal Pop Performance Grammy thanks to their Gold certified hit single “Stacy’s Mom.”
12 years after experiencing commercial success, the band has put out four albums, all of which have had failed to produce a single as catchy and popular as "Stacy’s Mom." Currently the band is focusing on individual projects with no immediate plans to record new music as a group.