The year in which the artist prepares for a total return to dominance. The plan is set in motion by actions like getting back in the recording studio and/or signing young talent. The typically busy artist's perceived decline in activity inspires a heightened level of interest in their upcoming work.

Justin Timberlake's 2012

June — Timberlake begins work on comeback album, The 20/20 Experience.

Sept. 21Timberlake stars alongside Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams as Johnny Flanagan in Trouble With The Curve.

Oct. 19 — Timberlake marries long-time girlfriend and leading lady Jessica Biel at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy.

Dr. Dre's 1998

Mar. 9 — Dr. Dre signs Eminem to Aftermath after Interscope head Jimmy Iovine plays him the rapper's demo.

Sept. 22 — Ras Kass releases Rasassination. Dr. Dre is featured on "Ghetto Fabulous."

Dec. 25 — Dr. Dre and LL Cool J release "Zoom" for the soundtrack to the film Bulworth.