Something unexpected happened this summer: Instead of buzzing about new artists, most of the attention was focused on established acts returning to the spotlight. Daft Punk kicked off a summer of nostalgia that included the original line up of Backstreet Boys, Ciara charting again, disco making a comeback and Nile Rodgers. Nile Rodgers, man! The first half of 2013 proved to be ripe for comebacks and these are our favorites from the past few months.
10. Backstreet Boys
Twenty years after A. J., Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian formed the Backstreet Boys, the group returned in a big way. The entire lineup (including longtime hold out Kevin) got back together to produce a new album, In A World Like This, launch a world tour and reignite memories of dancing to their videos on TRL. It was the first time all five members toured together in seven years and their first new album in four years. The BSB joined a growing list of ’90s group reunions that includes ‘N Sync (see: no. 6), Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child.
9. Mariah Carey
While American Idol certainly bolstered the public’s attention for the singer, it was the first single on her delayed 14th studio album that got people really talking. “#Beautiful” quickly became an early contender for song of the summer when it was released in May and got even more attention thanks to her revealing music video. Carey also returned to the big screen in Lee Daniel’s The Butler.