We bet these stars wish 2013 had never happened
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.
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 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.
London four-piece Tribes split up after being reportedly being dropped from their label, Island. “We are proud of what we achieved together. You gave us the best four years of our lives so far,” the band wrote in a statement released via their Facebook page.
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.
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.
Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was arrested for attacking a neighbour’s home with a chainsaw after a dispute over a patio in July. Not your finest work, Wes.
After a brawl at Bognor Regis Butlins in July, Dane Bowers was physically restrained and handcuffed on the floor. The Another Level star was performing a DJ set at a ’90s revival night when a fight broke out.
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.
Lil Wayne almost died from an epileptic seizure before the release of his latest album ‘I Am Not A Human Being II’ in March – his most critically maligned to date. Not a great year for the New Orleans emcee.
After five years in the making, Empire of the Sun’s second studio album ‘Ice on the Dune’ was critically slammed upon release in June. “The futuristic costumes and fairytale theatrics can’t disguise the basic four-to-the-floor pop,” wrote NME’s Mark Beaumont in a scathing 4/10 review.
Chris Brown saw his probation from his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna revoked after alleged involvement in a hit and run. The R&B star was also charged with assault again in October after an incident in Washington. Meanwhile, his latest album ‘X’ was widely slated.
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.
Insane Clown Posse are currently being sued by their former publicist for alleged subjection to sexism. The rap duo are also accused of asking Andrea Pellegrini to obtain illegal firearms for a photoshoot.
George Michael suffered another health scare in 2013 after falling out of a moving car on the motorway. The former Wham! star had to be airlifted to hospital following the bizarre incident on the M1.
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.
Tulisa faces criminal proceedings in 2014 after being arrested this year on suspicion of providing class A drugs for journalists in a tabloid newspaper sting. The singer was previously axed from her role as X Factor judge in 2013.
James Arthur was embroiled in a homophobia storm after calling battle rapper Mickey Worthless a “fucking queer” in a diss track posted online. The X Factor winner later claimed to “regret everything” about the incident.
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.
After a reported mugging, Professor Green was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in November. He was then later arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. The Brit rapper has now been bailed till January pending further inquiries.
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.
Despite assurances it would come out in 2013, Azealia Banks failed to release her long awaited debut album this year. Instead, the star was embroiled in a number of Twitter beefs with everyone from Lily Allen to Marina and the Diamonds.
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.