Saturation Point: The B.S. Retirement

Everyone loves a good comeback story, but as returns to glory are being outnumbered by wishy-washy changes of heart and cheap publicity stunts, a question arises: Isn't it time to retire this trend—for good?

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Rapper Lupe Fiasco declares he'll quit following the release of his third album, L.U.P.End, but later admits he wasn't 100 percent sure—more like 85.

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After eight years of dancing in private, Tina Turner, 68, says she'll release a new album.

April 2008

Fourteen years after putting away the hair gel, New Kids on the Block reunite for a tour and an album.

June 2008

Two years after Chris Martin convinced fans Coldplay had chosen parenting over pop stardom, the band releases Viva la Vida.

July 2008

Eddie Murphy proclaims he's done his last movie. The next day he agrees to make Beverly Hills Cop 4.

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Following a tearful announcement in March, Brett Favre forces the Green Bay Packers to trade him to the New York Jets, where he is guaranteed field time.

September 2008

Lance Armstrong vows to ride out of a three-year retirement and into the next Tour de France.

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