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  • If your life is filled with money and groupies and fame, at some point people will start
  • spreading fake stories about you.
  • But with all the crazy gossip out there, here are some rumors about musicians that actually
  • turned out to be true.
  • For some reason, frustrated creatives sometimes turn violent.
  • What if the Beach Boys had appreciated Charles Manson's abilities as a songwriter?
  • It might not have helped, but who knows?
  • SF Gate reports that Manson desperately wanted to be famous, and after becoming friends with
  • the Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson in 1968, they started collaborating.
  • "They came to the ranch, lady.
  • I didn't go to them, they came to me, you're stealing my music every day, you're writing
  • my songs, you're playing my game."
  • Finally, the Beach Boys agreed to buy Manson's song "Cease to Exist."
  • Manson's one stipulation was they couldn't change it at all.
  • But Wilson did, heavily, and changed the title to "Never Learn Not to Love."
  • The song ended up as a B-side.
  • The reason some people don't believe this story is that Manson's name didn't appear
  • on the record.
  • Wilson took full credit for the song, and Manson was furious.
  • One songwriter claims Manson approached Wilson and basically threatened to kill his children.
  • Instead of being terrified, Wilson allegedly beat the crap out of Manson.
  • That was the end of Manson's music career.
  • A year later, his followers killed Sharon Tate and four others.
  • The CEO of Snapchat might be worth billions of dollars, but even he must bow to the awesome
  • power of Rihanna.
  • Snopes reported that in March 2018, the social media app hosted an advertisement for a mobile
  • game called "Would You Rather?"
  • Users were given the unbelievably offensive choice to either "Punch Chris Brown" or "Slap
  • Rihanna."
  • If you missed part of the 2000s, you might not be aware why that's even worse than just
  • encouraging violence in general.
  • Rihanna and Chris Brown used to date, and during their relationship, it went public
  • that he abused her.
  • So making light of it was extremely tone-deaf.
  • When screenshots of the ad started going viral, Snapchat pulled it.
  • But a few days later, Rihanna addressed the issue.
  • In a now-deleted Instagram post, RiRi told her then-61 million followers that domestic
  • violence was not a joke and that the ad let all victims down.
  • And instead of going after the game, Rihanna then appeared to tell her followers to delete
  • the Snapchat app entirely, noting that she had never been a fan of it.
  • The same day Rihanna posted that message, Snapchat's stock dropped $754 million in value.
  • This wasn't normal, and nothing else bad happened for the app around that time that would have
  • caused such a massive selloff.
  • So it appears that one Instagram post by Rihanna really does have the power to cause panic
  • on Wall Street.
  • In September 2016, "Through the Wire," Kanye West's debut single from 2004, started trending
  • on Twitter.
  • According to Spin, it all began when a random person posted in a since-deleted tweet:
  • "And what’s crazy is Kanye still got the world thinking he was in a bad car accident
  • October 2002.
  • All [I'm gonna] say is come to Chicagoland and ask."
  • This resulted in other people replying that they agreed Kanye was a big ol' liar.
  • The background is: Kanye was a music producer, not a rapper, before "Through the Wire."
  • The song got its name from the fact that when he recorded it, his jaw was literally wired
  • shut, the result of a horrific car crash.
  • "I recorded the song 'Through the Wire' two weeks later with my mouth still wired shut."
  • Getting in the crash had inspired Kanye to finally pursue his dream of becoming an artist
  • in his own right.
  • But now people were claiming Kanye's whole origin story was built on a lie.
  • The conspiracy theory is that Kanye was really jumped by some guys in Chicago for stealing
  • music rather than being messed up in a car crash in Los Angeles like he claims.
  • But it turns out there's a ton of evidence that supports Kanye's version of events.
  • MTV reported on the crash at the time.
  • Also, he wasn't the only person hurt.
  • The other victim, who even sued Kanye after the crash, was so badly injured he couldn't
  • work for a year.
  • The lawsuit, plus the fact that there's evidence Kanye went to the hospital in California and
  • not Illinois, should pretty well prove he wasn't lying about it.
  • "To nearly lose your life, to nearly lose your mouth, your voice as a career as a rapper,
  • your face, I had to be on TV, my face looks crazy to me now."
  • You might have read that Billy Joel doesn't sell tickets for the front row of his concerts,
  • instead giving them away to, quote, "real fans" who can only afford the cheap seats.
  • According to Joel himself, he actually does this.
  • In an interview with Billboard in 2014, he explained his logic.
  • Joel said that for years, scalpers would get their hands on the front row seats, which
  • were originally pretty reasonably priced, and sell them at a huge markup.
  • This meant when Joel was looking out at the audience members closest to him, all he'd
  • see was rich people.
  • He didn't think they had the right attitude.
  • Instead of standing up and cheering and getting into the music, the fat cats would just sit
  • there as if saying, "entertain me, piano man."
  • Joel says he finally got sick of it and wanted to know where the real fans were.
  • It turned out they were in the cheap seats.
  • The younger, enthusiastic people who, as he explained it, "make the most noise" could
  • only afford to be way in the back.
  • So according to Joel, they hold the front row seats now and when the audience starts
  • coming in, the road crew goes to the worst seats and brings people forward.
  • He says,
  • "[That way] you've got people in the front row that are really happy to be there, real
  • fans."
  • There are lots of rumors that certain stars are such divas that they'll only be filmed
  • or photographed from their alleged "good side."
  • These days, the most famous one-sided woman is Ariana Grande.
  • Stories abound about how she'll only allow people to see the left side of her face.
  • This is apparently because, as the Atlantic reports, she has a dimple on the left side,
  • and since dimples are adorable, that's the side she wants you to see.
  • And only that side.
  • If you watch her music videos, you'll notice catching her right side is extremely difficult.
  • Same when you search her images on Google.
  • According to People magazine, Mariah Carey also has an apparent "good side," in her case,
  • the right side.
  • She says that at 19 years old, a woman from her record label told her she photographed
  • better from her right, and she believed her.
  • Many of her first album covers focus on the right side of her face.
  • But the queen of "good sides" is Barbra Streisand, according to Yahoo.
  • Among other things, she will only come on talk shows if she's shot from her left side.
  • This means hosts making bizarre excuses for why they switched seats with her.
  • It even meant canceling an interview with Jimmy Kimmel when she refused to let him make
  • fun of the obvious musical chairs' arrangement.
  • "The condition was we couldn't talk about the fact that we had switched around,I was
  • like, I just didn't see how that was gonna work…"
  • "Wow."
  • Some people don't want to answer when Jehovah's Witnesses show up at their door, but at one
  • point there was a chance that person was Prince.
  • While often passed off as just a rumor, Prince did participate in the door-to-door evangelism
  • of his faith.
  • "You know that you're being inspired by God, you pretty much know you better answer that
  • call or suffer the consequences."
  • According to Entertainment Weekly, despite his rather steamy lyrics and lifestyle, Prince
  • became a decidedly non-hedonistic Jehovah's Witness in 2001.
  • Two years later, a woman in Minnesota answered a knock at the door to discover the pop star
  • and another musician standing there.
  • He introduced himself as "Prince Nelson," his real name, and then came inside and started
  • talking about Jehovah.
  • After listening to them read the Bible for a bit, the Jewish homeowner told them she
  • was not interested, so they gave her a pamphlet and left.
  • The woman described him as "very kind," although she called the event "so bizarre."
  • This was far from the only time he went door-to-door over the years.
  • The LA Times reports that Prince would sometimes disguise himself and that the people he preached
  • to, quote, "never called him out on it.
  • They listened to his message and respected his opinion."
  • According to Billboard, Prince himself said,
  • "Sometimes people act surprised, mostly they're really cool."
  • However, one reporter who interviewed the musician in 2004 didn't appreciate Prince's
  • attempt to convert him very much.
  • Calling the situation "a little uncomfortable," he said,
  • "[Prince got] pretty intense."
  • "You know, I just had a thought.
  • Maybe we're bothering people by trying to change their religion.
  • What if we don't have all the answers?"
  • "You're right, Noreen.
  • Let's go get real jobs."
  • There had long been a rumor that someone had smoked Tupac Shakur's ashes after he was killed
  • in 1996.
  • But it wasn't until 2011 that anyone admitted to participating in the bizarre act.
  • Members of Tupac's group The Outlawz make the whole thing sound kind of nice.
  • According to the Independent, band member EDI Mean says the late rapper explicitly asked
  • for it, if you listen closely enough.
  • In Tupac's track "Black Jesus," he states that his, quote, "last wishes" are for his
  • ashes to be smoked.
  • EDI Mean admitted that Tupac never actually told them that was indeed what he wanted,
  • but they decided to take the lyrics seriously.
  • After Tupac was cremated, another band member, Rapper Noble, said,
  • "[We had] a little memorial for him with his mum and his family."
  • They went to the beach, where they indulged in things Tupac loved, like chicken wings,
  • orange soda, and marijuana.
  • The Outlawz then proceeded to combine some of the late rapper's ashes with the marijuana
  • and smoke it, or as they put it,
  • "We twist up some of that great-granddaddy California kush…and mixed the big homie
  • with it … so you know, [Tupac is] flowin' through our system."
  • "People just were like, 'Aw, man, they smoked their ashes.'
  • Some people were like, 'Man, that's some sick s---', and then other people were like, 'Yo,
  • that's hella cool, you know, I would've done that for my homeboy, too.'"
  • Though the group all agree this happened, the revelation came as a shock to Tupac's
  • family.
  • While they didn't accuse The Outlawz of lying, they did release a statement that Tupac's
  • mother, who was at the memorial, wouldn't have allowed it if she'd known what the group
  • was doing.
  • One of the stories that goes around about Elvis Presley is called the "Catfish Incident."
  • And it turns out to be true, a sad reflection of what he could be like in the drug-filled
  • later part of his life.
  • According to the book What the Great Ate, Elvis absolutely hated seafood, especially
  • the smell.
  • This dislike became key on July 20th, 1975, during a concert in Virginia, where Virginia
  • Living claims he had "a meltdown."
  • First, he complained that 12,000 people were breathing on him.
  • Then he whined he could smell green peppers and onions.
  • But the final straw was when he turned and accused his four backup singers of eating
  • catfish.
  • No one knew exactly what he meant by it, but it was obviously hostile.
  • He'd taken to lobbing insults at the women ever since he broke up with one of them.
  • Three of the backup singers walked off stage.
  • A review of the concert reported that "tension among the fans was noticeable."
  • A lot of people think there was a racial undercurrent to the insult.
  • Elvis' only explanation for the outburst was,
  • "I thought it was funny."
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If your life is filled with money and groupies and fame, at some point people will start spreading fake stories about you. But with all the crazy gossip out there, here are some rumors about musicians that actually turned out to be true.

For some reason, frustrated creatives sometimes turn violent. What if the Beach Boys had appreciated Charles Manson's abilities as a songwriter? It might not have helped, but who knows?

SF Gate reports that Manson desperately wanted to be famous, and after becoming friends with the Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson in 1968, they started collaborating.

Finally, the Beach Boys agreed to buy Manson's song "Cease to Exist." Manson's one stipulation was they couldn't change it at all. But Wilson did, heavily, and changed the title to "Never Learn Not to Love." The song ended up as a B-side.

The reason some people don't believe this story is that Manson's name didn't appear on the record. Wilson took full credit for the song, and Manson was furious. One songwriter claims Manson approached Wilson and basically threatened to kill his children. Instead of being terrified, Wilson allegedly beat the crap out of Manson. That was the end of Manson's music career. A year later, his followers killed Sharon Tate and four others.

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