My vote- Macy Gray. This no talent hack had one fluke out of left field novelty hit ten years ago. That’s it. Albums don’t even make the Top 40 anymore, which is unthinkable- the are literally hundreds of shitty artists with enough of a fan base to at leat spent their debut week in the Top 20, minimum. Diana Krall, Norah Jones- non singles artists of a similar ilk- spend at least a year on the charts with each album.
And yet, she has managed to turn schtick that got old after one song into- a performance in Spider Man 1 (30 years from now, there’ll be many ‘who the fuck is that’ moments watrching the DVD), recent tour supporting David Bowie, co-headlining at one of the recent Earth concerts, and her recent album (which debuted at #39 and has sold about 70,000 copies to date) depicted on the main Apple page during the iphone launch. Has anyone come close to getting so much out of one (shitty) song?