Two Scottish rappers duped the music industry into thinking they were a Californian hip hop duo, and signed a £75k record deal with Sony Music.
Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70’s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit.
On September 19, 1985, when Frank Zappa famously testified before Congress to protest the PMRC’s attempt to legislate and censor heavy metal music lyrics, Zappa compared the proposed legislation to “treating dandruff by decapitation”.
Michael Jackson cast 80 members of the Los Angeles’ Crips and Bloods for the music video “Beat It” in hopes to foster peace between them.
The Doors turned down playing at Woodstock because they thought it was going to be a “second class repeat of Monterey Pop festival”.
In 2010, hackers successfully broke into Sony Music servers and stole every single recording done by Michael Jackson, including unheard studio sessions and unreleased songs, contained in over 50,000 audio files. They were never caught.
The band Queen never won a Grammy.
A Chicago High School, as a fundraiser, played Justin Bieber’s “Baby” between classes and had students pay to stop it. The campaign raised $1,000 in 3 days.
In 1986 the Red Hot Chili Peppers were budgeted $5000 by EMI Music to make a demo tape and set aside $2000 to spend on heroine and cocaine.