The music industry, populated by outlandish personalities and mercurial performers, is no stranger to scandal. Over the past 50 years, musicians have been at the center of controversies ranging from theft to fraud to murder, and the tabloid media has been there to catalog every misstep. 

There's something oddly satisfying about watching the most successful and glamorous people on Earth make career-defining mistakes. But, as this list proves, the consequences of those mistakes can be troubling, and sometimes even tragic. Without further ado, here are 35 of the Biggest Music Industry Scandals of All Time


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