From rumoured fist fights to Twitter wars, this year's been jam-packed with drama
Hey! Why can’t we just love each other and all get on? Well, because that’s no fun at all. This year’s been jam-packed with feuding artists. Starting with this spot of banter between Los Campesinos! and Haim in December. LC!’s Gareth Paisley tweeted a snap of himself doing the ‘V’ sign, saying “Playing a gig across the street from a Haim gig tonight”. The girls’ response? Times that by 2000.
Jake Bugg’s spat with One Direction lasted all year. When the singer called the boyband terrible in February, he faced the rath of members Niall and Louis. “Really buggs me that artists we’re fans of, flip on us in the press,” tweeted 1D’s Niall. See what he did there?
When Lady Gaga decided to dress as a mermaid for the VMAs Azealia Banks wasn’t a happy girl. She told her Twitter fans that Gaga was stealing her style. (Because obviously Azealia invented mermaids). Rather than fight back, Gaga just responded with a GIF of Ariel crying and running away.
Kendrick Lamar ruffled a few tail-feathers in October with THAT diss verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control’. Drake responded with the ultimate I-don’t-care putdown, saying that, when it was released, he “went about my day, went and got dinner”. Kendrick replied in his BET Awards cypher with a more direct verse about “tucking a sensitive rapper” *cough* Drake *cough* “back in his pyjama clothes”.
After Miley Cyrus released her ‘Wrecking Ball’ video, Sinead O’Connor sent the singer an open letter warning her not to “prostitute” herself to the music industry. Miley responded by saying she was way too busy presenting SNL to write an open letter back and dragged up tweets Sinead posted while she was mentally unwell. Sinead wrote four more open letters demanding an apology.
When James Arthur replied to MC Worthless’s diss track with some rather homophobic language, the X Factor winner got in trouble with former contestant Lucy Spraggan. The pair had row via text which was then screengrabbed and posted on Twitter. Cue James Arthur’s career looking shaky and requests for refunds from fans.
When Lily Allen branded Azealia Banks a “one hit wonder” on Twitter, mocking the singer for taking so long to release an album, Azealia hit back hard. The ‘212’ singer called Lily’s husband “ugly” and tweeted: “She’s just mad cause sucking her husbands dick is like playing thumb wars”. Lovely.
The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney changed his Twitter name to ‘Justin Bieber’ and his picture to a photo of the star after a spat with the singer in February. He upset Biebs by telling a reporter he agreed with the pop star’s Grammy snub. He said: “Grammys are for like music, not for money.” Justin hit back, tweeting: “The black keys drummer should be slapped around haha”.
When Rou Reynolds from Enter Shikari joked that Foals’ performance at the NME Awards had put him into a “deep sleep” the band didn’t take the criticism lying down. On February 28 they tweeted: “enter shikari can go fuck themselves, trampoline jumping twits.”
Police in LA were called about reports of an altercation between Frank Ocean and Chris Brown in a car park in January.The kerfuffle continued three weeks later when Chris Brown remained seated during a standing ovation for Frank Ocean after he won Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammys.
When vegan artist Grimes shared her love for Ben & Jerry’s on Facebook in November it was the start of some serious vegan beef. She said the ice cream was okay to eat because the cows were treated ethically, but US band DIIV retorted that meant she wasn’t really vegan. They tweeted: “even if a dairy cow is “treated ethically” doesn’t mean u aren’t consuming/exploiting her.”
will.i.am apparently tried to stop Pharrell Williams from using the name ‘I Am OTHER’ for his YouTube channel in June, claiming it was too close to his stage name. Pharrell replied by filing a lawsuit and claiming will.i.am was using ‘I Am’ in a Dr. Seuss way.
In January, Azealia Banks appeared to call Angel Haze out for pretending to be from New York on Twitter. Then Angel told Azaelia to watch out before she got “shanked” through her “iridescent bubble jacket” and took things to a whole new level by releasing a diss track with the lyric: ‘Bitch put an album out / I think my album’s more done than yours, I just started a week ago’.
Kanye West wasn’t happy when Jimmy Kimmel parodied his interview with Zane Lowe. A sketch showed Kanye as a little kid sipping on a milkshake. “JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS,” tweeted Kanye in September. Kimmel wasn’t too flustered by the Twitter attack. “Finally, I’m in a rap feud!” he said.
According to Deadmau5, Justin Bieber interrupted one of his sets in Singapore in October. The popstar apparently demanded rap music and threw “a cheap shot” at Deadmau5’s tour manager. The EDM producer got his revenge on Twitter, posting: “Dear @justinbieber , would you please grow the fuck up already?” Burrrrn.
When the Daily Mail’s Liz Jones called Rihanna a “poisonous pop princess” she probably wasn’t expecting the singer to actually reply. RiRi did though, posting an unflattering snap of the journalist on Instagram and calling her “a sad sloppy menopausal mess”.
Chief Keef may have overreacted slightly when Katy Perry said his song ‘I Hate Being Sober’ caused her to “have serious doubt for the world”. The rapper tweeted that Katy could “suck skin off my dick” and that he’d “smack the shit out her”. How sweet. Katy quickly apologised saying she was just expressing a “general opinion on our generation’s desire to be constantly intoxicated”.
In March, Azealia Banks (yep, her again) claimed the Stone Roses had teamed up with her sacked tour manager and deliberately tried to sabotage her set at the Future Music festival in Sydney. After calling the band “saggy white men” and wishing death upon them, Azealia then told followers that Ian Brown had charged at her backstage and they’d almost come to blows.
When Tyler, the Creator shared a picture of Lorde and her rumoured boyfriend James Lowe on the beach in December, captioned “Hhahahahahah”, the singer was quick to defend herself. “Was this supposed to make me feel something?” she tweeted to which Tyler replied: “NOT AT ALL. IT MADE ME LAUGH”. Hmm…
After the release of ARTPOP, philosophers Lady Gaga and Adam Levine had a bit of a debate about ‘what is art?’. First, Adam tweeted: “Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist.” Then Gaga replied: “uh oh guys the art police is here.” Finally Adam went for the jugular: “While we’re at it we should call the grammar police”. Woah, calm down guys.
Kanye West dissed Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s collab ‘Suit And Tie’ during a London gig in February. The rapper ranted: “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fuckin’ with that ‘Suit & Tie’.” JT appeared to reply while performing the hit on TV a month later by changing the lyrics to “My hit’s so sick got rappers acting dramatic”.
Noel Gallagher reconciled his feud with Blur’s Damon Albarn this March, playing with the artist at a charity gig. The move didn’t go down well with Liam Gallagher. He tweeted: “Don’t know what’s worse, our kid sipping champagne with a war criminal or the backing vocals you’ve just done for Blue.” He followed up remark later in the year when he said: “Fuck Oasis as far as I’m concerned”.
In August, a leaked email allegedly sent from Jack White to his ex-wife Karen Elson showed the former White Stripes front-man saying he didn’t want his kids going to same school as The Black Keys singer’ Dan Auerbach. Why? Because he’s a “copy” and an “asshole”.