We bet these stars wish 2013 had never happened
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As we approach the end of the year, the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Daft Punk and David Bowie will reflect on a hugely successful twelve months, but 2013 wasn’t plain sailing for everyone in the world of music. Here are some artists whose year didn’t quite go to plan, starting with former Fugee Lauryn Hill. The ‘Killing Me Softly’ singer spent three months in prison for tax evasion.
The Ivor Novello Awards – London
One-time Spice Girl Geri Halliwell sold only 393 copies of her comeback single in its first week of release. ‘Half Of Me’ dropped in Australia where the former Spice Girl is currently a judge on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ but only reached Number 281 in the ARIA chart.
Rick Ross Visits Power 99’s iHeart Performance Theater – Pennsylvania
Rick Ross will be glad to see the back of 2013, a year that saw him dropped by sponsor Reebok after an ill-judged lyric about rape on single ‘UOENO’, then hit with lawsuits totalling more than £1m for not going through with a planned Maybach Music showcase at Wembley and failing to pay for Rolex watches he’d purchased.
Jai Paul saw his much anticipated debut album leak online this summer. The mystery producer was thought to have released the album on Bandcamp, but a label statement issued immediately after it dropped claimed the record was unfinished and uploaded to the internet from a stolen laptop.
Between having a meltdown at SXSW (the group posted an angry blog attacking the festival as too corporate), getting in a Twitter beef with Grimes over the meaning of being vegan and singer Zachary Cole Smith getting arrested with Sky Ferreira on drug charges, 2013 wasn’t a vintage year for DIIV.
2013 Grammy Nominations Concert Live – Press Room
Miguel injured a fan during a performance earlier this year by attempting to leap from one stage platform to another. Instead, he ended up drop-kicking an audience member in a move that’s been watched more than 200,000 times on YouTube. He was also arrested on DUI charges for a seperate incident this year.
The Calling And Alex Band Play In Sao Paulo
The Calling singer Alex Band was kidnapped at gun point, beaten and tied to train tracks in August. He was in Lapeer to perform at a music festival with his band when men in a van snatched him from a convenience store at 3am and inflicted the attack.
Justin Bieber in Concert – Birmingham
Appearing on stage at the London O2 Arena two hours late for the first date of his UK tour earlier this year, Justin Bieber was met with the fury of his young fan base. He was also involved in a fight with a British paparazzi and slated by animal rights organisations for abandoning his pet monkey in German quarantine.
Exclusive – Beady Eye at Absolute Radio – London
It wasn’t a great twelve months for Beady Eye. Guitarist Gem Archer suffered a fractured skull throwing their festival season plans into disarray, while Liam Gallagher was hit with accusations of fathering a love child in the summer. The group’s second album ‘BE’ was also critically panned.
Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell released a solo comeback album that sold just 594 copies in its first week of release. “If that’s 500 people, that’s 500 people. If those are the 500 people that are open enough at this point in time to hear this record, fucking fantastic man,” he reacted to the news.
Dappy was hospitalised in November after being kicked in the face by a horse. A petition to honour the offending horse with this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Music prize at next year’s Brit Awards then collected more than 30,000 signatures. The rapper was also convicted in connection to a brawl on a petrol station forecourt in January.
Finally, it was a year to forget for anyone who dared scorn One Direction. Die-hard fans of the pop group sent death threats to footballer Gabby Agbonlahor for injuring Louis Tomlinson in a charity match, The Kooks’ Luke Pritchard, Jake Bugg and pretty much anyone else who insulted the boy band – including NME, after Harry Styles was voted Villain of the Year at the 2013 NME Awards.