Just because an artist scores a major radio hit or sells millions of copies of his or her breakthrough album doesn't necessarily mean he or she is destined for musical immortality. Take Craig David, for example! The British singer scored a major hit with his debut album, 2000's "Born to Do It," which featured singles "Fill Me In," "7 Days" and "Walking Away." But 17 years and five albums later, he's yet to recreate his early success. In honor of his 36th birthday on May 5, 2017, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at more one-hit wonders the 2000s to see what they're doing now and how they've changed over the years. Keep reading to take a look…
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Craig David hasn't exactly walked away from the music biz. His 2002 sophomore album, "Slicker Than Your Average," actually performed decently in the United States and his third album, 2005's "The Story Goes…," did well in the U.K., though it was not initially released in America. (His fourth and fifth albums made even less of an impact.) The British crooner took a six-year hiatus before returning with 2016's "Following My Intuition," which topped the charts in the U.K., giving Craig his first No. 1 hit since his debut.
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Aaron Carter scored a major hit with his 2000 cover of "I Want Candy," but his career never took off in the way that big brother Nick Carter's did.
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Aaron Carter released a couple more albums after the single "I Want Candy" from his "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" album blew up. While his music never really took off again, Nick Carter's little brother did re-enter the spotlight as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2009. (He and partner Karina Smirnoff came in fifth place.) And in 2011, Aaron proved that he had what it takes for Broadway when he starred as Matt in "The Fantasticks." In 2016, the singer-actor had a small role on an episode of "Angie Tribeca" and released a new song, "Fool's Gold," from his "LøVë" EP, which debuted on Valentine's Day 2017. But it hasn't always been easy for Aaron, who went to rehab in 2011 and filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller formed the British pop group S Club 7 in the late '90s. The group's members included Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Rachel Stevens, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt, Bradley McIntosh and Jon Lee. Their 2000 hit "Never Had a Dream Come True" was the official song for Britain's BBC Children in Need campaign and became so popular in the United States that they made their way to MTV's "TRL" after topping the U.K. charts in December 2000.
Paul Cattermole left S Club 7 in 2002, prompting the group to change its name to S Club. In 2003, S Club announced that it was disbanding. Five years later, in October 2008, they launched a mini-reunion tour at nightclubs, and in October 2014, they reunited again for the first time in more than a decade for the BBC's Children in Need campaign. The following year, they hit the road for a brief U.K. reunion tour.
After years of singing in boy band 98 Degrees, Nick Lachey released 2003's "SoulO," his debut single as a solo artist. Though it failed to make waves, he scored a hit with 2006's "What's Left of Me," the lead single off his sophomore album. MTV VJ Vanessa Minnillo starred in the music video for the track, which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. And the rest is history!
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo really hit it off on the set of his "What's Left of Me" music video. They married on July 15, 2011, and now have three children: sons Camden and Phoenix and daughter Brooklyn. Nick released two more albums as a solo artist: 2013's "A Father's Lullaby" and 2014's "Soundtrack of My Life." He also reunited with 98 Degrees for the 2013 album "2.0" — their first in more than a decade — and for two tours: 2013's The Package Tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men and 2016's My2K Tour with Dream, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera. He and brother Drew Lachey collaborated outside the recording studio on the 2015 A&E reality show "Lachey's Bar," which chronicled their efforts to open a bar they co-own in their hometown, Cincinnati.
"You're my butterfly, sugar, baby." If you know these lyrics, you know Crazy Town's 2000 hit "Butterfly." Seth "Shifty Shellshock" Binzer and Bret "Epic" Mazur's song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and helped their debut album, "The Gift of Game," sell more than 1.5 million copies.
Crazy Town's followup album, 2002's "Darkhorse," failed to achieve the same level of success and the band broke up the following year. More than a decade later, they reunited for a third album, 2015's "The Brimstone Sluggers." Throughout the band's history, frontman Seth "Shifty Shellshock" Binzer (pictured) has publicly struggled with addiction issues: He appeared on the first season of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," as well as later incarnations of the series, including spinoff "Sober House with Dr. Drew." After being absent from most of Crazy Town's 2016's gigs, band co-founder Bret "Epic" Mazur announced in early 2017 that he would no longer be performing with the group.
Ryan Cabrera released his debut single, "On the Way Down," in June 2004. The song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it was the music video for the track that garnered the most buzz: It featured Ryan's then-girlfriend, Ashlee Simpson, and reached the No. 4 spot on MTV's "TRL" countdown.
In 2005, Ryan Cabrera released the album "You Stand Watching." Three years later, he released another, "The Moon Under Water." But neither achieved mainstream success. In 2010, he appeared on several episodes of "The Hills" during the MTV show's sixth season. At the time, he was romantically involved with Audrina Patridge. In 2015, Ryan released the EP "Wake Up Beautiful," but recently, there's been more interest in his love life than in his music. He and Avril Lavigne have been linked off and on since she split from Chad Kroeger in 2015.
James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" was a break-out hit in 2004. The song debuted at No. 12 in the singer's native Britain and hit No. 1 just six weeks later. When it finally hit American airwaves, James became the first British artist to top the American singles chart in nearly a decade. "You're Beautiful" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006.
James Blunt has released four more albums since his 2004 debut, including 2017's "The Afterlove," which debuted in March but has yet to make a splash. In 2014, he married Sofia Wellesley, with whom he welcomed a child sometime between late 2015 and early 2016. (The extremely private pair have yet to confirm their little one's gender, name or DOB.) James also served as a judge on "The X Factor Australia" in 2015.
Dream scored their biggest hit with 2000's "He Loves U Not" — their lead single off their debut album — which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, second only to Destiny's Child's "Independent Women." The girl group — consisting of Holly Blake-Arnstein, Melissa Schuman, Ashley Poole and Diana Ortiz — released just one more album before calling it quits.
In 2015, the ladies of Dream (pictured without Diana Ortiz) had a brief comeback. They launched Twitter and Facebook pages, announced their intentions to record a new album and released a cover of "O Holy Night" as a holiday gift to their fans. The following year, they joined 98 Degrees, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera on the road as part of the My2K Tour. Finally, in August 2016, Dream released "I Believe," their first single in more than a decade. But just two months later, Ashley Poole revealed on social media that they'd disbanded once again.
Evan and Jaron's "Crazy for This Girl" peaked at No. 15 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 2000. It was their sweetest song about a girl — and the one that made sure they would forever be known by just their first names. (The twin brothers' last name is Lowenstein, by the way.)
The duo stopped touring once Evan Lowenstein started a family. The father of four then became a successful talent manager and tech entrepreneur: He's the founder and CEO of Stageit.com, an online video platform that allows artists to stream and monetize live performances. He also made headlines in 2016 when he attended the Emmys with pal Kevin Spacey. (He's on the "House of Cards" star's management team.) Meanwhile, Jaron Lowenstein, who has a serious girlfriend but no children, pursued a solo career under the name Jaron and the Long Road to Love, releasing the single "Pray for You" to country radio in November 2009. He released his debut country album, "Getting Dressed in the Dark," the following year.
It was probably a very good day for Daniel Powter when his song "Bad Day" topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2005 — and then stayed there for five weeks! The hit was the lead single off the Canadian crooner's self-titled album, his debut studio album. It also helped him score his first and only Grammy nomination.
Daniel Powter released two more albums following his debut studio album: 2008's "Under the Radar" and 2012's "Turn on the Lights." But he never recreated his "Bad Day" success. Though it's been five years since his last album, the Canadian singer continues releasing tracks online, including 2017's "Delicious." Daniel now has a son, Cash, and two daughters, Sophie and Billie. He's overcome his fair share of bad days in recent years too: The former addict, who's since kicked his drug and alcohol habit, reportedly went through a messy divorce before getting engaged to his personal trainer.
If you remember Josh Kelley, you know he's amazing. You also know he sang the 2003 song "Amazing," the hit that made him popular before he met actress Katherine Heigl.
Josh Kelley has released seven albums since his 2003 debut, including 2016's "New Lane Road." But the public is far more interested in his family life than in his music these days. The singer connected with actress Katherine Heigl in 2005 when she appeared in the music video for his song "Only You." They got engaged a year later and tied the knot in 2007. (His song "Hey Katie" is about the "Knocked Up" star.) The duo now share three children: adopted daughters Naleigh and Adalaide and biological son Joshua Bishop Kelley Jr., who was born in December 2016.
Joseph Edgar "Afroman" Foreman shot into the spotlight with his hit 2001 single "Because I Got High." "Some chronic weed inspired it," he told Rolling Stone. "It took me two minutes and 11 seconds to write." Let's just say it's taken him a lot longer to write his followup hit…