Top 10 SHOCKING Music Scandals

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    The music industry has no shortage of juicy controversies. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we’ll be taking a look at our picks for the top 10 Shocking Music Scandals. For this list, we’ll be looking into events like the Chris Brown assault charges, the Milli Vanilli lip sync scandal, 2 Live Crew’s obscenity scandal, R Kelly’s sex crimes, Michael Jackson’s child sexual abuse scandal, the Dixie Chicks backlash and much more. Did we miss any important or noteworthy controversies/scandals? Let us know in the comments below!
    #10: Payola
    #9: Dixie Chicks Backlash
    #8: 2 Live Crew-Arrested for Obscenity
    #7: Milli Vanilli Lip Sync Scandal
    #6: Norwegian Black Metal and The Murder of Euronymous
    #5: Chris Brown Assault Charges
    #4: Gary Glitter Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
    #3, #2 & #1: ?

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Comments • 713

  • Treshun Collier
    Treshun Collier Day ago

    I’m a simple man I see rkelly and scandal I click

  • Todd Barts
    Todd Barts 2 days ago

    What about the 1980s case that led to the parental advisory sticker on albums? What about the murders of Tupac, Biggie and Selena? What about the whole Metallica Napster Feud? There's a lot that is missing from the music world much more important then that punk ass Chris Brown beating up Rihanna.

  • Ryan Watterson
    Ryan Watterson 2 days ago

    Dennis Rodam 666

  • DiscordedBraeburn
    DiscordedBraeburn 5 days ago

    Didnt Mayhem use the death scene of their band mate as an album cover?

  • Wynette Worthy
    Wynette Worthy 5 days ago

    The Two Live Crew was the most Over rated group of that time ! They came out in my era, I hated them then and even more so now, when I see the down fall of some music because of their influence.

  • Kelleymarie Jones
    Kelleymarie Jones 7 days ago

    Most loving thing is sharing your bed with someone, maybe children wasn’t the right someone, eh?!

  • Ethan Mendez
    Ethan Mendez 12 days ago

    Chris browns greatest hits
    1. " Rhiana 10 of 10. (Photo: RCA)
    2. " Look at Me Now" 9 of 10. (Photo: RCA) ...
    3. " Run It" 8 of 10. (Photo: RCA) ...
    4. " My Last" 7 of 10. (Photo: G.O.O.D. Music) ...
    5. " She Ain't You" 6 of 10. (Photo: RCA) ...
    6. " Take You Down" 5 of 10. (Photo: RCA) ...
    7. " Poppin'" 4 of 10. (Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) ...
    8. " Strip" 3 of 10. ...

  • Starr Smith
    Starr Smith Month ago

    Michael Jackson = innocent

  • Mecca Mitchell
    Mecca Mitchell Month ago

    People are quick to defend Michael, but if Ice Cube, Adam Levine or Bruno Mars was holding hands, carrying and sharing their beds with boys. The world would eat them up, but because it's Micheal, it's normal ??

  • Mecca Mitchell
    Mecca Mitchell Month ago

    And people say heavy metal has no effect on the mind

  • Dashia James
    Dashia James Month ago

    Spector look very possessive in that photo. I will always believe MJ is innocent.

  • Dashia James
    Dashia James Month ago

    WTH was w/ 2 live crew and the album cover.

  • Nikos Spiris
    Nikos Spiris Month ago

    I get it, sexual abuse is terrible, but I believe that the actual deaths and church burnings that took place in Norway back then should make number 1... I guess having an album cover of the corpse of your friend who killed himself moments ago isn't shocking enough...

  • Oyvind36
    Oyvind36 Month ago

    6:50 Those damn boxes!

  • MARVIA35
    MARVIA35 2 months ago

    can someone please translate whats being said at #6

  • Macayla Johnson
    Macayla Johnson 2 months ago

    People need to leave Michael alone he didn’t want them little boys🤦🏾‍♀️

  • RetroZGhost95
    RetroZGhost95 2 months ago

    Sinead O'connor and Dixie chicks ones were Savage af lol, they both were right tho

  • Ebony Nicole
    Ebony Nicole 2 months ago +1

    The Dixie Chicks didn't deserve That Kind Of Disrespect

  • Dankmaster vlogs
    Dankmaster vlogs 2 months ago

    G I R L Y O U K N O W I T ' S

  • martin malcolm
    martin malcolm 2 months ago +5

    Milli Vanilli were used as scapegoats. The Recorder Producer was the real villain behind the scenes. And it wasn't the 1st time he had pulled this stunt.

  • Princess Rippy
    Princess Rippy 2 months ago

    I downvoted because I’m pistachio. (But you know what i wanted to say)

  • Florentina Islami
    Florentina Islami 2 months ago +3

    I will always love Michael Jackson ❤️

  • Margaret Ann Casey
    Margaret Ann Casey 2 months ago +1

    R Kelly stands for repulsive....

  • Katie Culler
    Katie Culler 2 months ago +1

    Man, if only they could revise this with R. Kelly's new scandal 😂

  • KheirO DinO
    KheirO DinO 3 months ago +1

    Here's another one : Baning Michael Jackson's Music from radios 10 years after his Death

  • Craig Patrick Maloley
    Craig Patrick Maloley 3 months ago

    Cash 💰 Cocaine and Hookers 😬

  • Amelia
    Amelia 3 months ago +1

    Yeah expect Michael Jackson is innocent and it was proven si don't @ me

  • Mathew Miller
    Mathew Miller 3 months ago +1

    poor little republican snowflakes.

  • Sem
    Sem 3 months ago

    michael jackson was a freakish predator. kinda glad he’s gone. he was nightmare fuel

  • Iyanna McLeod
    Iyanna McLeod 3 months ago

    Ion gaf Chris Brown is still my husband

  • Nick Carlson
    Nick Carlson 3 months ago +1

    Two words...Leaving Neverland.

  • Loki's Witch
    Loki's Witch 3 months ago +3

    ANNNNND Now R. Kelly is Doomed

  • Kieran Heenan
    Kieran Heenan 3 months ago +1

    rebecca got to interwiw the dark history guy so luky

  • Brandon Bennetzen
    Brandon Bennetzen 3 months ago

    Anyone mind telling me why Disco Demolition Night is not on the list?

  • RoZ DarmandraiL
    RoZ DarmandraiL 3 months ago +2

    What about Sam Cooke being blatantly murdered by a racist asshole and the whole thing being masked as whatever the fuck that ridiculous story was? It breaks my heart so much, it is so unfair still to this day.

  • Pandas are cool
    Pandas are cool 4 months ago +1

    A rapper committing a crime isn't news. Or shocking for that matter.

  • Kkse 9504
    Kkse 9504 4 months ago

    What about Lou Pearlman?

  • Michelle Castillo
    Michelle Castillo 4 months ago

    I love the fact that Norwegian black metal is in the 6th place.

  • Barnell Anderson
    Barnell Anderson 4 months ago +2

    It still bothers me what happen to the Dixie Chicks.

  • ladynikkie
    ladynikkie 4 months ago +1

    After that documentary about R Kelly, they might as well move his sick ass to #1

  • Samuel Fawley
    Samuel Fawley 4 months ago +2

    What about when John Lennon said those blasphemous comments about being more popular than Jesus and how so many people were burning Beatles records and Beatles memorabilia and such?

  • 2pacalypse Cult
    2pacalypse Cult 4 months ago +10

    Most Americans hate O.J.for killing Ron and Nicole. Yet no one uttered a word when Robert Blake killed his wife, or when Phil Spector killed. Media truly can finagle anyone!

    • ladynikkie
      ladynikkie 4 months ago +3

      Oh I remember that Robert Blake trial, I knew this guy was guilty as sin! His demeanor alone showed he hated his wife

  • Alexandros Simitzis
    Alexandros Simitzis 4 months ago +1

    Sex abuse and Michael Jackson? Come on guys, these are allegations.

  • Esben M
    Esben M 4 months ago

    I used to own the album Burzum, aka insane Norwegian black metal guy, made in prison. "Godkiller."
    I hate to say it, but it was his best one, way more melodic. He used a lot of sound bites from the HBO animated Spawn series, I'm assuming without permission. I got it in 8th grade I believe, so I had it for quite a while. I'm OK with losing it though and I'm not exactly looking for a new copy.

  • WhoKnownsAndWhoCares?
    WhoKnownsAndWhoCares? 5 months ago

    4:03 ok why is gorgoroth being played they had nothing to do with that scandal

  • Princess Marten
    Princess Marten 5 months ago +10

    R Kelly is now at the top of this list. (2019)

  • Mang Dingle
    Mang Dingle 5 months ago

    Chris Brown wasn’t remotely effected, hell, tons of fans blamed Ri-Ri and said they wished Browns would do that to them
    And Mili Vanilli got fucked; if they waited until the 1990’s no one would care

  • wednesdaysmooches
    wednesdaysmooches 5 months ago +1

    What’s the difference between milli vanilli and jlo? They’re black and She’s not.

  • mmlv75 7
    mmlv75 7 5 months ago +6

    It's a shame what they did to Dixie Chicks.

  • 23COH
    23COH 5 months ago

    The Ian Watkins one is THE worst...

  • darkseid
    darkseid 5 months ago +2

    Tekashi69 should be on here.

  • Yoshi Wall
    Yoshi Wall 6 months ago

    Ian Watkins deserved to be higher than #1, not sure why they only mentioned him in passing. One of the few humans in history where castration wouldn't be enough

  • kyle foster
    kyle foster 6 months ago +1

    I will never forgive Chris Brown for what he did to Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

  • Lynn Leigha
    Lynn Leigha 6 months ago +1

    I miss Casey Kasum and his soothing voice rip

  • Summer M
    Summer M 6 months ago +1

    Am I the only person who found Michael Jackson a bit creepy??

  • Killerkon H
    Killerkon H 6 months ago

    Chris brown dropped his album on this day haha

  • Aidric Yates
    Aidric Yates 7 months ago

    What about Britney Spears's 2007 phase?

  • Jerry Yawning
    Jerry Yawning 7 months ago +1

    Jimmy savile


    Michael was doing the zoom challenge 9 years before it came out

  • Natalia Pola
    Natalia Pola 7 months ago

    Since country music is orginated from consertative/republican backgrounds, it's not a suprise the dixie chicks got so much backlash. To most republicans, Bush is a hero.

  • Rii Kean
    Rii Kean 7 months ago +3

    Dear Michael, I'm so sorry for the world treats you so bad even after your death like in this video :'(((
    Maybe that's the reason why you left so soon :'((( I hope you're happy now in your new world... No more pain. Thank you so much for sacrificing yourself to bless this dirty world. RIP 🙏 🙏

    For people here who's still accuse him, please open your heart and mind. You guys have been brainwashed by trash medias that always release any news against Michael. If you guys take time to read court transcript and FBI report, you'll understand why he's innocent. Stop slandering him please :'(( Search the truth before you judge someone. Imagine someone slander you and ignoring the truth... It hurts... Really really hurts. This false allegation is a big part that killed Michael.
    Please don't slander him again and other people around you who are innocent. You can be a killer just by pointing your finger at someone life. Please treat someone like you want to be treated.

  • Bigtrek34
    Bigtrek34 7 months ago

    Clue #1 the name Gary Glitter.

  • Allison Linner
    Allison Linner 7 months ago +9

    With regards to the Dixie Chicks speaking about their disapproval of our war and President at the time, a quote comes to mind. This was one of Thomas Jefferson's favorite quotes that he held near and dear to his heart during the conception of the United States.
    *"I may disapprove of what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."*
    (Commonly attributed to Voltaire)

    • Margaret Ann Casey
      Margaret Ann Casey 2 months ago

      Look at all the conservatards who spoke about wanting to kill Obama during his presidency. Where's the respect for the presidency there?!

  • Healer Force
    Healer Force 7 months ago +1

    i use to like micheal before he admited to sleeping with kids am i the only one that thinks pedophila will be legalized soon btw

    • Starr Smith
      Starr Smith Month ago

      Then you weren't a fan to begin with

  • Bearded Vulture
    Bearded Vulture 7 months ago +2

    I sm ashamed the POTUS is not just from New York City but from the borough I grew up in, Queens. On behalf of all Queens New Yorkers, we are deeply sorry.

  • Ali Abdullah
    Ali Abdullah 7 months ago +2

    Sinead did right thing at the time

  • *Ligma Richard*
    *Ligma Richard* 7 months ago +2

    I truly wish people would stop shaming Chris brown. He was high and drunk and it was a fucked up thing to do but c'mon. And riri and Chris has since rekindled and are actually close now. He still says he's jealous of her with other men because since then he's never forgiven himself and still loves her. Like legit year after he still gets shamed and beaten on for this bullshit. I hated him at the time to but he managed to stay relevant for YEARS AFTER. Since 2016 he's legit back on superstar status and doing a whole project with Joyner Lucas and made like 20 songs that have topped the charts for like the past year. But because of this he hasn't been able to sell many albums he has a net worth of 25 million. And somehow he can't sell albums. Well this past album reached #6 on the charts so when I say he's making a comeback he really Is. And he's extremely talented man. Raps sings plays multiple instruments and acts in movies. He's one of the most unbelievably talented MF's in the industry. And HE TURNED HIMSELF IN!! He didn't even try to run because he knew he was wrong!

  • :Y Frank
    :Y Frank 7 months ago

    Diddy got pac killed

  • Jennifer ODell
    Jennifer ODell 8 months ago +1

    It's disgusting that MJ was #1 he's dead, and they're rumors.

  • Logan Bloo Hoodie
    Logan Bloo Hoodie 8 months ago

    I thought the controversy On Tupac’s death would be on here , and how people thought Notorious B.I.G did it

  • Titnibler 210
    Titnibler 210 8 months ago +7

    Sinead O'Connor was pretty much right...

  • Pls WaLuigi Dom Me
    Pls WaLuigi Dom Me 8 months ago +4

    The Dixie Chicks controversy is so silly looking back. Yeah what they said was a bit stupid, but the boycott was ridiculous

  • Tameka P
    Tameka P 8 months ago

    what ever he asses her to say . the word is ask geez .

  • donald deluxe
    donald deluxe 8 months ago

    what's wrong with texas? i'm in DFW for most of my lifeand its alright

  • pepelishis
    pepelishis 8 months ago +1

    Milli Vanilli case very easily explained : Music business = currupt. Both People were handsome, the backround singers were good singers. Handsome people + good voices = a commercially fake sold successful group of the 90s

  • J Tenn
    J Tenn 8 months ago

    Because #4 Gary Glitter and #3 R Kelly were back to back I truly thought Micheal Jackson was going to be #2.

  • Tom Ace
    Tom Ace 8 months ago

    Wasn't just Gary glitter. England is fucked. BBC was insane

  • RusCus
    RusCus 8 months ago

    R Kelly the leader of a sex cult? That's the kind of shit I expect from an episode of South Park.

  • Eddie Alv
    Eddie Alv 8 months ago

    Shit mili vanily was just an excuse for all them artist that still to this day are lip singing

  • Craig Browning
    Craig Browning 8 months ago +2

    Unfortunately the Dixie Chicks were smarter than their base.

  • NejiHina100
    NejiHina100 8 months ago

    No Milli Vanilli song is even good. How did they get famous?

  • Misell Márton
    Misell Márton 8 months ago

    And MJ accused with fake shit again. I don't know how could he handle all this bullshit during his life. He is dead, at least leave him alone now and educate yourselves.

  • Bryson Smith
    Bryson Smith 8 months ago

    I would have said Kesha and her record producer

  • none ya biz
    none ya biz 8 months ago

    The girl from the Dixie chicks has such a short neck looks Sooooooooo strange

  • RyuTempest
    RyuTempest 8 months ago +2

    Watchmojo should be ashamed having Michael Jackson at #1. Accused is the keyword. You literally have this list of everyone on here besides the Dixie Chicks, that actually did terrible things. If they had bothered to do research, they would come across evidence of the mother of the kid that said Michael was inappropriate with him, has a history of lying and setting up businesses for money. Her own Husband admitted that she would tell her kids what to do to and say to get money through false allegations. Don't have to take my word for it, look it up.

    • Margaret Ann Casey
      Margaret Ann Casey 2 months ago

      Lies....MJ was a child-molesting monster. Besides, other people have accused him of it.

  • ladymay30
    ladymay30 8 months ago +4

    I don't blame the guys from Milli Vanilli for the scandal I blame the producer for this.

  • Ali M . A
    Ali M . A 8 months ago +1

    Dude just leave me alone
    STOP doging me

  • Themovielunatic
    Themovielunatic 9 months ago

    People are talking about U2 and Apple Music but, i mean... hey... at least it's a free album, i mean i don't like U2 but if you did, free stuff!

  • Set Fire to the Whole Damn House

    mili vanili is German?

  • Jeremy Thain
    Jeremy Thain 9 months ago +7

    Why would you put Sinead o Connor on the same list as Phil Spector especially when she was correct about child abuse in the catholic church?

    • Christian Westenberger
      Christian Westenberger 2 hours ago

      Because it ended basically her career and in USA nobody knew it just in Ireland or where it was

  • jackieee m
    jackieee m 9 months ago +7

    Michael Jackson never did it!!!

  • daryl cuquet
    daryl cuquet 9 months ago

    While I agree about all of these being on this list, how was the black metal scene not top three? Those dudes burned down churches.

  • Hoffer Puffer
    Hoffer Puffer 9 months ago

    Say what you want about Chris Brown, but he has some sweet beats

  • Hoffer Puffer
    Hoffer Puffer 9 months ago +4


  • Jimmy Thomas
    Jimmy Thomas 9 months ago +2

    I hate that Chris brown is still around after beating Rihanna.. such trash

  • Potato Boy
    Potato Boy 9 months ago

    What about The Doors Miami incident?

  • Vicki Miller
    Vicki Miller 9 months ago +1

    Media can talk about Chris Brown "losing everything" after he physically and psychologically abused Rihanna, but there's never any mention of the fact that he literally got it all back. He's back on the charts, making millions, being admired and looked up to, like nothing ever happened. His career should've been over 100% the second the news broke about what he did to her. It just goes to show how fucked up our society is that he's back on top again after what he did. (Meanwhile, people still won't shut up about Michael Jackson, who was genuinely innocent and undeserving of the gate.)

  • Marie Hermans
    Marie Hermans 9 months ago

    Indicator unless promote iuaefv occupy demonstration instead overall counseling.

  • Dbd
    Dbd 9 months ago

    I realllllly try not to judge famous folks based on what we see, but man does R Kelly seem like a piece of shit.

  • Ivory Holliday
    Ivory Holliday 10 months ago +1

    Chris Brown beat Rihanna, was convicted, and still has a music career. Even lil dicky idolized him in a video. Michael Jackson was never convicted and is still demonized. It’s so sad