50 Weirdest Music News Stories Of 2013



2013 saw rock'n'roll icons return and the world react to the deaths of Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela. But between the big news items, there’s also been plenty of bizarre music stories. Just ask Liam Gallagher who was almost killed by a blue M&M in May. It would have been a terrible tragedy to lose the Oasis man but at least he’d have been spared the reviews for the new Beady Eye LP.


Justin Bieber drew widespread criticism after abandoning his quarantined pet monkey in Germany. Bieber's pet primate, Mally, was taken away by German customs officials in Munich after the singer attempted to get the animal into the country without the correct legal documentation. This is how Planet of the Apes begins, just you watch.




Jay-Z was accused of being a time traveller in May after a 1939 photo taken in Harlem was unearthed featuring a man bearing a striking resemblance to the hip-hop star. If he really could journey through time though, he’d probably have nipped forward to July to check on the response to ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’, a record he recently admitted “wasn’t his greatest”.

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Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs during the band's headlining set on the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Friday, April 13, 2012, in Indio, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) PA Photos
Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach was made to hand over a lock of Bob Dylan's hair to his ex-wife in a divorce settlement in August. Stephanie Gonis received an item listed as 'Bob Dylan's Hair' as well as $5million (£3.2million) in the settlement according to legal documents obtained by US news site TMZ. Can't win 'em all, Dan.


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Not content with having shaped popular music for decades to come with the Beatles, Paul McCartney claimed he invented the selfie during an interview on US TV in October. Prior to playing 'New' and 'Save Us' from his 'New' album on The Jimmy Fallon Show, McCartney also took credit for the photobomb.


Hanson launched their own beer named Mmmhops in May, with proceeds from sales of related merchandise going to victims of the Oklahoma Tornado. Hey, whatever keeps them away from making music, right?


Now, this sounds like one hell of a night out. Freddie Mercury dressed Princess Diana up as a male model to sneak her into a London gay club, it was revealed this summer. The revelation came from the autobiography of comedienne Cleo Rocos.


Metal band Gwar put out their very own brand of hot sauce earlier this year. The band's guitar player, Balsac, said that Gwar-B-Q sauce "is mostly made out of the blood of really hot chicks,” adding its use is "a terrible waste of fine ass, but ultimately worth it because this sauce is absolutely delicious." Alright then.




Ozzy Osbourne started a house fire while trying to make a bacon sandwich in August. Firefighters were called out to tackle the blaze, confirmed by wife Sharon Osbourne on Twitter. Ozzy should know better when it comes to destructive swine - the guy wrote 'War Pigs' after all...



A man in Bristol was banned from driving for a year after being caught behind the wheel while "under the influence of drum and bass". The offence was reported by officers in Bristol who pulled Aaron Cogley over believing he had been drinking or was on drugs. He was found to be sober but according to the court was “carried away because of the intoxicating effects of drum and bass music."





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Liam Gallagher reportedly got "absolutely hammered" in a London pub and attempted to ride a fellow drinker's pet dog in April. Customers of Ye Olde White Bear public house in Hampstead claimed the Beady Eye frontman racked up a £300 bar tab before mounting the animal, in scenes described as “really funny".






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R Kelly released a new album in December, titled ‘Black Panties’. Never one to miss a marketing opportunity, it was accompanied by a special edition that included a free pair of promotional ‘panties’ but unfortunately no disinfectant spray to scrub yourself with after listening.


Beyonce treated her entourage to £1500 worth of Nandos at V Festival in Cheltenham. A receipt from the nearby branch posted online, revealed a request for 48 portions of chips, 48 whole chickens and 12 veggie burgers. The huge order came to £1444, paid for in cash with £1,460 handed over at the till. Not much of a tip there, Bey.



A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman refused to stop singing Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’. An American Airlines flight from LA to New York had to be diverted to Kansas City, it was reported, in order to allow marshalls to remove the disruptive passenger. Marshalls? Shouldn’t that be Bodyguards?


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Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age and Mark Lanegan recorded the music for a new documentary show on CNN exploring strange locations’ cuisine. Host Anthony Bourdain described the track when listening to the track “your head will explode, leaving only a smoking stump. When we heard what [Homme and Lanegan] had come up with, there was weeping and jaw-droppage".


N-Dubz rapper Dappy ended up in hospital after being kicked in the face by his own horse. A petition later soon circulated campaigning that the offending horse be given the Outstanding Contribution to Music gong at the 2014 Brit Awards. Where do we sign?


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Not exactly known for debauched antics, Mumford & Sons were thrown out of a strip club in Atlanta in September, according to reports. The band were enjoying karaoke night at the Clermont Lounge when, after being repeatedly asked to stop filming on their mobiles, capturing banjo player Winston Marshall as he sang, the group were ejected by bouncers.


Queen guitarist Brian May released a pro-badger protest anthem in collaboration with Slash, Massive Attack’s Shara Nelson and Sir David Attenborough called ‘Badger Swagger’ in June. The song protested the UK government's decision to cull badgers in a bid to reduce tuberculosis in cattle.


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Billy Corgan starred in a furniture advert to promote his pro wrestling company in February. In the clip, the Smashing Pumpkins man is seen in the ring with pals from his Resistance Pro Wrestling league, started in 2011. When one of the wrestlers tries to smash someone around the head with one of the chairs, he shouts "That's a Walter E. Smithe chair!" plugging the US furniture chain.






Not to be outdone by 2 Chainz, Action Bronson or any other of his rap peers, Ja Rule made use of his recent prison spell to pen a cook book full of microwave meal recipes. The rapper was then later alleged to have left his wife for his prison cell mate upon his release, which he denied.


Who saw this coming? ‘Home Alone’ child star Macaulay Culkin joined a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band called the Pizza Underground in November, rewriting songs to include as many mentions of the carbolicious snack as possible.


Bono revealed how he was chased down a street by German activists yelling “make Bono history” in September. "Even as I was running for my life, I thought it was a pretty good line,” the U2 man recalled.



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Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts returned to Hyde Park to perform this summer, keen to improve on his family’s experience of the group’s last time there in 1967. "My wife got hit with a stale sandwich. I remember her going mad with that. I don't blame her. She got hit on the back. She reckoned it was stale because it obviously hurt a lot."


Word of advice: if you’re playing in Brazil and are thrown a replica shirt of the local football team, don’t pretend to wipe your arse with it. Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith found this out the hard way in November, receiving death threats after the incident in Belo Horizonte.


Amanda Bynes tweeted “I want Drake to murder my vagina” in August, earning a confused reaction from the Canadian hitmaker: “I guess it's a little weird and disturbing." No kidding.




Footballer Gabby Agbonlahor received death threats after accidentally injuring One Direction member Louis Tomlinson in a charity football match. So vicious was his tackle, Tomlinson threw up on the pitch, prompting angry reactions from 1D fans on Twitter.


A Beatles fan announced plans to clone John Lennon from DNA contained within one of the legendary songwriter’s teeth, bought at auction two years ago for £19,500. When there’s a Jurassic Park scenario of John Lennon clones rampaging across the UK, don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was arrested after attacking a neighbour's home with a chainsaw in a dispute over a patio. As you do.

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