David Bowie would often carry a Greek newspaper while traveling in New York, in order to give the impression that he was a Greek man who resembled him, with the hope that people would leave him alone.
In addition to well-known performers, a relatively unknown artist by the name of Prince also opened for the Rolling Stones on their record-breaking 1981 tour. However, his set was met with a poor reception as he was only able to perform a few songs before being met with boos from the audience and ultimately being forced to leave the stage.
The guys from Milli Vanilli (Rob & Fab) as well as the original singers were all misled by their record producer in the lip-sync scandal and are the ones that brought it to the press. Rob & Fab were upset they wouldn’t let them sing, and the original singers were upset they weren’t the stars.
Barry Manilow started off writing jingles, including State Farm (“Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there”) and Band-Aid (“I am stuck on Band-Aid, ’cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me!”)
In 1997 David Bowie sold asset-backed securities, dubbed “Bowie bonds”, which awarded investors a share in his future royalties for 10 years.
Shakira was rejected for the choir in her Catholic school because her music teacher thought that her vibrato was too strong and that she sounded “like a goat”
Tim Storms is a singer who holds the record for lowest note produced by a human. The note is eight octaves below the lowest G on a piano, and humans can’t even hear it.
Barry White spent 4 months in jail for stealing $30,000 worth of Cadillac tires when he was 16. While behind bars, he heard Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never” which he stated inspired him to become a singer.
Paula Abdul constantly talks about surviving a plane crash of which no record exist.
On 3 December 1976, seven gunmen attempted to assassinate Bob Marley. During the trial, one of the gunmen claimed that the CIA hired them to do it, as Marley backed the left wing party PNP rather than the right wing LP. Two days later the injured Marley gave a 90 minute concert.