When: 1993

What happened: Hot on the heels of his 1992 ‘Love Symbol’ album and greatest hits, Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol, leading a confused record-buying public to call him: ‘TAFKAP’ (The Artist Formerly Known As Prince).

 
 
 

When: 1969

What happened: An article titled ‘Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?’ was published by a student newspaper in Iowa linking together a series of supposed subliminal messages on Beatles albums which suggested the bassist was, in fact, dead. The rumour grew until a press officer had to issue a statement denying Macca’s death.

 
 
 

When: 2000

What happened: Following ’97 Bonnie & Clyde’ this was the second track which charted Eminem’s stormy, real life relationship with wife Kim. In ‘Kim’ he verbally abuses her before killing her and dumping her body in the boot of his car. Ladies, he’s a keeper!

 
 
 

When: 1984

What happened?: MJ’s hair caught fire during a freak accident which occurred whilst shooting a Pepsi ad. A fireworks display went wrong, setting fire to his hair. He suffered second and third degree burns to his head and scalp.

 
 
 

When: 2000

What happened: The band discovered their entire catalogue was available for free on the peer-to-peer site. They fired a copyright lawsuit against the company along with singling out Metallica fans and getting them banned from the site.

 
 
 

When: 1958

What happened?: At the height of his fame, Elvis received a letter telling him that he had been drafted. He was inducted into the army on January 20, 1958 the same day he was due to start filmingKing Creole. His career would take a decade to recover.

 
 
 

When: 1989

What happened: Following the release of single ‘Me So Horny’ and accompanying album ‘As Nasty As They Wanna Be’, record retailers were arrested for selling the LP, after it was deemed ‘obscene’.

 
 
 

When: 1996

What happened?: Arriving at Bangkok International Airport she attacked a reporter. Later she said that she was tipped over the edge when reporters started talking to her son, who was accompanying her on the long-haul flight.

 
 
 

When: 1990

What happened: Two teens killed themselves after listening to Judas Priest, so the band went to court after being accused of being complicit in the suicide. The apparently subliminal message of ‘do it’ in the song ‘Better By You, Better By Me’ was singled out. The case was dismissed.

 
 
 

When: 1992

What happened: The band were forced to cut their set short at the Reading Festival short following technical difficulties. The crowd began throwing mud and an angry frontwoman Donita Sparks removed her tampon on stage, throwing it into the crowd saying: "Eat my used tampon, fuckers”.

 
 
 

When: 1989

What: Following the release of ‘Fuck Tha Police’, a director of the FBI sent a letter to NWA’s label warning that “advocating violence and assault is wrong.”

 
 
 

When: 1997

What happened?: The BBC banned the single, only playing an instrumental version on air and refusing to say the title of the song. The video was also banned, due to its nudity content and claims of misogyny.

 
 
 

When: 1996

What happened?: The king of shock rock was ordained as a minister of the Church of Satan after being ordained by Anton LaVey the author of The Satanic Bible.

 
 
 

When: 1972

What happened: Filmed during their tour in support of ‘Exile On Main Street’, this documentary was banned by The Rolling Stones because of its no holds barred scenes of drug taking and graphic groupie sex.

 
 
 

When: 1969

What happened: Cult leader Manson befriended Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and the two ended up living together. Manson’s song ‘Never Learn Not To Love’ ended up on their album ‘20/20’.

 
 
 

When: 2007

What happened?: The singer filed for divorce from Kevin Federline and began to party hard. After checking herself in the Crossroads rehab facility, she left less than 24 hours later and what followed was a very public meltdown, including the shaving of her head with a coterie of paps watching.

 
 
 

When: 1976

What happened?: Bowie returns to England and, whilst at Victoria Station, gives what appears to be a Nazi salute to his crowd of adoring fans. Turns out he was just having "a bit of a stretch".

 
 
 

When: 1992

What: To tie in with the release of her album ‘Erotica’, Madge released a coffee table book featuring photos of her engaging in a variety of sexual acts with friends Naomi Campbell and Vanilla Ice. ‘Arty’.

 
 
 

When: 1967

What happened: Following a tabloid tip off, Richards, Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and others in their circle were arrested after amphetamines, cannabis and heroin were found in their collective possession.

 
 
 

When: 1989

What happened: Whilst performing a ‘live’ version of ‘Girl You Know It’s True’ for MTV, the backing track began skipping and the duo were forced to repeat the line ‘Girl, you know it’s…’ until running off stage. By 1990 they had publicly admitted they had never sung on their records.

 
 
 
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