Well it does seem like the ‘in’ thing to do these days.
All Saints yesterday announced that they were reforming to join the Backstreet Boys on their UK tour next year.
But will their reunion be a hit or a miss?
We take a look at the best (and worst) comebacks in pop from recent years.
All Saints (the first time around)
Lest we forget, All Saints had a crack at reuniting back in 2006. Lead single ‘Rock Steady’ peaked at a respectable number three, standing them in good stead for a successful comeback. However, album Studio One somewhat less successful, charting at number 40. Things went from bad to worse when promotion for and physical release of second single Chick Fit was cancelled meaning that it didn’t even make the top 200. The girls then went their separate ways – up until now.
Comeback rating: 4/10
After a three year hiatus, Girls Aloud reformed last year to celebrate 10 years in the business. Track ‘Something New’ was released as the official Children in Need song, eventually charting at number 2. Cheryl & co then went on to release a second Greatest Hits album with four new tracks, landing at number 9. Second single ‘Beautiful ‘Cause You Love Me’ (the ballad that rhymed basin with face in…), however, failed to chart in the top 40. But it wasn’t all bad news as their farewell tour ‘Ten’ managed to sell out within minutes leading to the girls subsequently having to add extra dates.
Comeback rating: 8/10
The all singing, all dancing fivesome announced they were going back on the road in 2011. Despite reforming, the group still had a lot of differences and bad blood sort out (let alone dance moves to relearn) before performing to their fans. Luckily for us, this was all documented in a no holds barred Sky Living fly on the wall documentary. Greatest Hits ‘The Ultimate Collection’ went straight in at number one while their nationwide tour sold out. But the dream didn’t last much longer when their first studio album in ten years ‘Light Up the world’ charted at number 32. Claire Richards then went onto star in Celebrity Big Brother. Sigh.
Comeback rating: 6/10
In a bid to relive her former glory days at the top of charts (she does have four UK solo number ones to her name believe it or not), Geri Halliwell released comeback track ‘Half of Me’ earlier this year.
To tie in with her being a judge on Australia’s Got Talent, Geri released the single first down under.
Thanks to a wholly awkward live performance on sports programme The Footy Show and lyrics that included ‘I gave you the finger, you asked me to dinner,’ the track sold just 393 copies in its first week, becoming the lowest charting single by any of the Spice Girls to date. Ouch.
Comeback rating: 1/10
It was the reunion most teenage girls of the 90s never thought would happen. But in 2006, Take That (minus a certain Mr Williams) announced they would be embarking on a ‘Back For Good’ tour which sold out within minutes. This was followed by two number one albums, and three number one singles.
Their popularity continued when Robbie Williams finally buried the hatchet with Gary Barlow and joined Take That on their sell out tour and number one album Progress in 2010.
Comeback rating: 10/10
When Peter Andre entered the I’m A Celeb jungle in 2004 he utilised the hours of doing nothing in camp by penning his hoped comeback single Insania. And luckily for Pete, his hard work paid off with the nonsense track debuting at number three. Since then Pete has spawned six studio albums (including a stomach turning collaboration with then wife Katie Price) and four UK top 20 singles. Not bad going.
Comeback rating: 6/10
MKS (aka Sugababes)
It should have panned out so much better. With the fourth reincarnation of the Sugababes on hiatus (and subsequently now split), it was the perfect time for the original line-up to reform. Unfortunately Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan no longer owned the rights to their band’s name (aside from the rather random usage of it on wrapping paper and stationary) so the three rather inventively just went by their first names. Lead single Flatline sounded like the girls had a hit on their hands, but it only mustered enough sales to land at number 45. We’re still waiting for the girls’ album which will hopefully provide the comeback they deserve.
Comeback rating (so far): 3/10