Music feuds have been going on since the beginning of music itself. It wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to assume that Beethoven and Weber side-eyed each other constantly and Bach and Handel might've wanted to throw down, while Chopin thought all those fools were amateurs. One thing that’s for sure is that in an industry made up of huge talent and even huger egos, personalities are bound to clash, and the result is a global high school where the popular kids love to publicly ream each other out. While some egos don’t ever play well with others and are constantly fighting 10 people at a time (i.e. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj), other celebs manage to put the blast behind them and actually grow up. Here are some super memorable and/or surprising music feuds that had us reaching for the popcorn.
Madonna vs Lady Gaga It’s no secret that the Lady Gaga machine is derived from just about every eccentric and original artist in the pop and art world, but Madonna was her foremost adversary. It’s not that Madonna is completely original herself, but what makes her stand out from other pop stars that copy her is that she always had a reason behind everything that she did and articulated those reasons well. Madonna is at her best when she’s throwing shade, and shade did she throw at her 2012 MDNA tour. While performing “Express Yourself,” Madonna made clear what everyone was thinking and melded Gaga’s “Born This Way” into her song, making the obvious similarities even more blatant. Dumping another 5 pounds of salt into Gaga’s wound, Madonna commented on “Born This Way” by stating, “What a wonderful way to redo my song.” Oh, Madonna – condescension is thy name.
Oasis vs Blur Oasis’ Gallagher brothers are 2 of the most outspoken (and, let’s face it, hilarious) celebrities in music. In the mid-90s, Oasis and Blur were at the top of their game, so it’s no surprise that some beef got cooked between the 2 bands. The upper-class, mod-ish Blur released “Country House” in 1995, only to have it go head-to-head with “Roll With It” by the ever-drunk, rowdy Oasis. Perpetuating the feud, Noel Gallagher famously stated that he wished Blur singer Damon Albarn and bassist Alex James would “get AIDS and die.” Though the feud cooled off as the years went by, the crowning, happy-ending moment of rock-stars-all-growed-up came earlier this year, when Gallgher got Albarn and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon to join him onstage at a charity show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which is basically the equivalent of peace in the Middle East in the Britpop world.
Tupac vs Biggie While this music feud didn’t exactly have us reaching for the confections, it’s probably the most notorious (no pun intended) feud in music’s history, namely because both dudes got murdered. In the mid-90s, gangsta rap was at its peak, and after the 1994 robbery and shooting of Tupac (which Tupac blamed Biggie for), the rap game changed for good. Tupac’s once optimistic and socially-conscious style turned into a darker, more bitter image, rife with themes of violence and revenge. Tupac was eventually slain in September 1996 in Las Vegas, and Biggie was murdered less than a year later in a drive-by shooting. And yes, both murders are still unsolved.
Kid Rock vs Tommy Lee Ahhhh… middle-aged trashy drama. Kid Rock and Tommy Lee have so much in common that it would seem as though they’d be best friends. Instead, they ended up going at each other’s throats, all for the delicate flower that is Pamela Anderson. Kid Rock started dating Lee’s ex-wife in 2001 and though Anderson became Rock’s ex-wife as well shortly after, the tension between Rock and Lee didn’t die down. Conflicts boiled over at the 2007 MTV VMAS, with Rock apparently hearing Lee talk smack about him to P. Diddy. Rock walked over to Lee and slapped him, initiating a rocker brawl for the ages. Lee responded to the incident on his website, calling Rock “Kid Pebbles” and a “no career havin' country bumpkin.” Apparently, the 2 rockers are friends now. But will somebody think about Pamela?!
Eminem vs Mariah Carey This feud was surprising mostly because it was so unbelievably random. Apparently, the 2 megastars had hooked up to discuss songwriting for Carey’s 2001 album Charmbracelet, and although nothing came out of it musically, reports began to surface that the 2 were dating. For the next 8 years, the 2 kept exchanging barbs at each other, some subtle, some not-so-subtle. Eminem mentions Carey in at least 5 songs, while Carey kept quiet for the most part until 2009’s “Obsessed.” The weird thing is that Eminem seems to be pissed that Carey won’t acknowledge that they had a relationship, since she’s constantly acting as though they barely even hung out. Seriously, dude? You’re the best-selling rapper in the world and it's been over 10 years – get over it.
Dave Grohl vs Courtney Love Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and everyone’s favorite hot mess Courtney Love have never exactly been best friends, but sh*t got real in the last few years, with Love making a slew of allegations against Grohl. Since Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994, the two rockers have been fighting over Nirvana royalties and the use of Cobain’s image, but by 2012, Love had alleged that Grohl stole her money, was hated by Cobain, had a “gay” band, and had hit on Cobain and Love’s daughter. For the most part, Grohl took the high road (at least in public) and decided he’d rather tear her a new one through his songs. Just for the entertainment factor of Love’s psycho ramblings and the kickass music Grohl comes up with when he’s dissing her, this is one music feud that's genuinely entertaining.
Axl Rose vs The World Axl Rose basically hates everyone and we could make a list of his own top 10 feuds. He’s beefed with everyone from the Offspring, Motley Crue, Metallica, Nirvana, Slash, his own band, and even Tommy Hilfiger. And all of that doesn’t even take into account how many riots have been started because Rose couldn’t be bothered to finish (or start) his live sets and walked off stage instead. Rose solidified his douchiness in 2012 when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Releasing an open letter for Guns N’ Roses fans, the hall and “To Whom It May Concern,” Rose stated that there was no way in hell that he was going to come down for a band reunion and he doesn’t care what anyone has to say about that. According to him, “there isn’t room to consider a conversation let alone a reunion.” Ouch. But way to flip off the world!
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The TV veteran first rose to fame in 1982 as a crime fighter in Knight Rider, later riding the wave of success to become a lead character in long-running beachside drama Baywatch, which premiered in 1989.
After spending more than four decades in the business, Hasselhoff has developed a new fan base with guest turns in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, teen adventure film Eurotrip and Adam Sandler's Click.
In honour of Hasselhoff's big day, WENN has compiled a list of 10 fun facts to commemorate his major milestone.
- Hasselhoff, who is of German descent, has a large following in the country although he doesn't speak the native language. For all German TV shows and movies, his dubbing is completed by actor Andreas von der Meden, who also voices The Muppets' Kermit the Frog.
- He is an outdoor sports enthusiast - the adrenaline-loving star's hobbies include scuba diving, racing cars and white water rafting. He's also parachuted with the U.S. Army Parachute Demonstration Team and flown with The Blue Angels of the U.S. Navy.
- Hasselhoff launched a successful side career as a singer in Europe during the 1980s with breakthrough single Looking for Freedom and he was invited to perform the track on the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve in 1989 after being named the Most Popular and Best Selling Artist of the Year in Germany.
- He made his Broadway debut as the titular character in Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical in 1995. He has since performed in a number of other stage shows, including Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show.
- The actor, who played lifeguard Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch, became a real-life hero after he saved a two-year-old girl from drowning in Malibu, California while at a beach photo shoot in 1995. He also rescued an unconscious car-crash victim in Los Angeles that same year.
- In 2010, Hasselhoff was the the subject of a Comedy Central Roast hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Wrestler Hulk Hogan and his Baywatch co-stars Pamela Anderson and Traci Bingham also poked fun at the Hoff.
- He originally held the Guinness Book of World Records title for The Most Watched TV Star in the World but House actor Hugh Laurie stole his crown last year (11).
- Hasselhoff loves reality television - he judged America's Got Talent for four years, beginning in 2006, participated in U.S. programme Dancing With the Stars in 2010, presided over the panel of Britain's Got Talent in 2011 and earlier this year (12) competed in Celebrity Apprentice Australia.
- The actor has two grown daughters with ex-wife Pamela Bach - Taylor Ann, 22, and Hayley, 19, an aspiring actress.
- He graduated from Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois in 1970 and a plaque with his photo now hangs on display in the main corridor. Hasselhoff was a member of his school's speech team, president of the choir, and captain of the volleyball team.
The former Baywatch star, who has twice proposed to his Welsh girlfriend Hayley Roberts, fuelled speculation he was three times lucky on Monday (30Jan12) when he posted a picture of himself on bended knee on Australia's Sydney Harbour Bridge on Twitter.com.
But Hasselhoff played down the supposed romantic gesture on Tuesday (31Jan12), telling People.com the pair was just having fun.
He says, "The truth is I'm having a fantastic time with this lovely lady but at this time we have no plans to marry."
The actor has been married twice before to Catherine Hickland and Pamela Bach, the mother of his two grown-up daughters.
The former Baywatch star has been desperate to wed his Welsh girlfriend Hayley Roberts ever since they started dating early last year (11).
Hasselhoff has previously dropped to his knee and asked the blonde to marry him on five different occasions, but she has so far turned down his proposals.
However, it now appears the actor has finally got the answer he wanted after popping the question at the top of the famous Australian landmark.
He posted a picture of the pair at the top of the bridge on his Twitter.com page along with the words, "Tried it again on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!" adding, "What do you think she said!?!?!" before posting a picture of them embracing in a passionate kiss.
Roberts also kept fans guessing as she suggestively put up a smiley face with lots of kisses on her own Twitter blog.
Hasselhoff has been married twice before to Catherine Hickland and Pamela Bach, the mother of his two grown-up daughters.
The Hollywood star, who has also appeared in Sin City and Kill Bill, walked into the house on Thursday night (05Jan12), insisting his stay would be like a previous stint in rehab.
He quipped, "I don't know f**k all about Big Brother. But it's gonna be like rehab without the doctors."
Madsen was joined by Playboy twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon and British rapper Romeo Dunn.
U.K. soap stars Natalie Cassidy and Denise Welch were also among the star contestants, while retired, gay rugby star Gareth Thomas, who is to be portrayed on the big screen by Mickey Rourke, is also part of the new season's line-up.
The celebrities follow in the footsteps of Tara Reid, Stephen Baldwin and Pamela Bach, who have all previously taken part in the show.
The former Baywatch star showed up alone in the empty house just moments after the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother had wrapped up and all the contestants had left the building.
The voice of an announcer was heard telling the blonde bombshell, "Tomorrow a brand new set of housemates will enter the house and there's going to be a gorgeous surprise waiting for them: you. Pamela, are you ready for some Big Brother fun?"
She replied, "I'm going to give them the ride of their lives. I'm going to leave a skid mark on every one of them... See you tomorrow. Watch out!"
Fourteen contestants will meet special guest Anderson on Friday (09Sep11) as part of the new series of Big Brother, in which competitors are 'locked' in a house together.
Anderson was not part of the recent series of Celebrity Big Brother, which featured Tara Reid and David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Pamela Bach.
The actress split from the former Baywatch star in 2006 after 16 years of marriage, but they've struggled to remain on friendly terms since their divorce.
Now Bach has hit out at her ex, claiming he has "other" women apart from his Welsh girlfriend Hayley Roberts and accusing him of ordering his aides to keep Bach away from him at public events.
She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "We should (speak) because (our daughters) shouldn't be put in the middle. At their recent T4 On The Beach concert (in the U.K.) he didn't even say hello.
"I ran up to see my girls but before I got to them a woman who works with David stopped me and said: 'David doesn't want you around.' I said: 'Excuse me, sweetheart, I didn't come here to see David, I came here to see my daughters.'... I admire him. He's the father of my children and I will always love him for that. But he's just not friendly to me right now."
Asked her opinion of Roberts, Bach replies, "Which one? She's the girl he's showing to the press but I know there are others in America. It's funny he did those Baywatch pictures with her, maybe he should do a shoot for something more current - Baywatch ended eight years ago (sic)."
The duo was greeted by screams from Reid and other celebrity contestants including David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Pamela Bach.
Mintz-Plasse and Yelchin offered up tickets to an in-house screening of their new horror film remake, with the winners of the task, including American Pie star Reid, landing places at the showing.
The actors set an additional challenge for one housemate to earn a ticket - by eating a garlic kebab.
British pop star John Grimes accepted the task and Mintz-Plasse joked, "I kinda wanna see some puke!"
The American Pie star joined former British pop star Kerry Katona and David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Pamela Bach inside the Borehamwood, England mansion where the new season of the show will be filmed.
Reid flew to Britain from a Grecian honeymoon. She wed businessman Zack Kehayov on the Greek island of Santorini at the weekend (13Aug11).