Ten Most WTF Music Stories of 2010

Ten Most WTF Music Stories of 2010

We twittered, shared and reposted all these stories ad nauseum in 2010--for a good reason. This year, trashy viral videos made more of an impact than the Grammys, and Antoine Dodson was more memorable than Beatles songs finally getting on iTunes. So the line  blurring of talent and fame is more negligible than ever. Who cares? As long as you retweet it...right?

10. Avenged Sevenfold drummer's cause of death

James Owen Sullivan, AKA The Rev, died on Dec. 28, 2009, in Huntington Beach at the age of 28. The Avenged Sevenfold drummer was found in his condo; he was first reported to have died of natural causes. On June 9, the cause of death was revealed to have been an acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of oxycodone (OxyContin), oxymorphone (a metabolite of oxycodone), diazepam (Valium), nordiazepam (a metabolite of diazepam) and alcohol.

9. Kanye West discovers Twitter and uses it as a soap box

One of Kanye West's Twitpics
One of Kanye West's Twitpics

When Kanye West signed up for his Twitter account on July 28, no one knew it was going to be everyone's direct line to West's most intimate feelings. Well, that, and his shopping list. We all found out that he thought people from Bonnaroo were "squid brains," that he's used gold-encrusted goblets, and that he had beef with the Today show in 140 characters or less.

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8. Sublime with Rome 'reunion'
It's one thing to have a band reunion when all your members are still alive--portly, but alive. It's another to pluck a 22-year-old lead singer who is a dead ringer for, well, your dead singer (vocally, anyway) and  perform all the songs that made you famous 15 years ago. It just seems wrong. Maybe when they write some new songs?

7. Trufflegate
In May, the New York Times published a not-so-favorable profile of M.I.A. by writer Lynn Hirschberg. In it, M.I.A. was revealed as a hypocrite for leading a contradictory lifestyle--taking about terrorism and Sri Lankan politics while living in an ultra-rich LA neighborhood with a billionaire husband. Then M.I.A. refuted these allegations by releasing her tapes of  the actual interview, forcing the NYT to issue a correction!

6. Tila Tequila vs. the Juggalos
Juggalos tried to kill Tila Tequila at the annual Gathering Of The Juggalos in Illinois last August. The Insane Clown Posse fans were so angry that Tequila was at their 'underground' Shangri-La that they threw eggs, poop, cans of Faygo, dildos and diapers at her. Tequila apparently continued performing once objects started flying, and kept shouting, "I don't give a fuck!"; she also pulled off her top before she got hit on the head and was carried away by security. Awesome.

5. Lady Gaga's meat dress

Lady Gaga wore a dress made of real meat at the 2010 VMAs in August. It did not look tasty, but it did become a popular Halloween costume.

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