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  • The Western music industry wasn't left untouched by the "Weinstein effect", with numerous musicians' careers being destroyed as a result of sexual misconduct allegations:
    • The sexual misconduct accusations against Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey in late 2017 greatly tarnished the band's reputation and legacy in the alternative rock and emo world. The band had just released their acclaimed fifth album Science Fiction, which ultimately wound up making almost no critics' best-of lists at the end of the year, as a result of no one wanting to touch the record after the scandal. After Lacey admitted the accusations were true, the band's opening acts on their world tour both dropped out, and the entire tour was canceled. While Brand New's reputation in regards to their impact with Deja Entendu and The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me are still held high, Jesse's actions have made it difficult for people to talk about the band's music without someone mentioning the controversy. Nor has it helped that Spotify has started to remove the band from the site.
    • The sexual assault claims against Swiss orchestral conductor Charles Dutoit in late December 2017 resulted in him being removed from his positions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Also, Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra mutually went their separate ways.
    • George Hopkins, longtime director of the Cadets and one of the most influential figures in the history of drum corps, was forced to resign from his post in April 2018 after allegations surfaced that he sexually harassed female corps members and employees of the corps' parent organization, Youth Education in the Arts.
    • The sexual misconduct cases R. Kelly accumulated over the course of a decade came back to get the best of him in May 2018, when Spotify stopped promoting his music following their policy on "hate content and hateful conduct", although the music was still available on the service. Then, in the first week of January 2019, the six-part miniseries Surviving R. Kelly was released, going into even greater detail about Kelly's sexual misconduct than anything before it, which culminated in a series of more recent revelations. Soon, Kelly became the subject of a criminal investigation in Georgia, an arrest warrant was put out for his manager, Kelly was dropped by RCA Records, and numerous prominent people, including Chance the Rapper and Lady Gaga, publicly regretted ever working with him. By February, Kelly's lawyer had turned himself in, and Kelly himself was charged with ten counts of sexual abuse, all but one of which involved underage girls. Another indictment by Illinois in May was followed by two federal indictments, one in Chicago and another in Brooklyn, alleging that Kelly tried to fix his 2008 trial to avoid imprisonment, and threatening to put Kelly away for life.
    • Jahseh "XXXTentacion" Onfroy received a Spotify ban alongside some fifteen accusations of domestic violence towards women in May 2018, but the ban on his music was reversed shortly thereafter due to industry pressure. Just a month later, the 20-year-old rapper was murdered, and Onfroy's resumed availability on Spotify's playlists helped his song "Sad!" become a posthumous #1 hit in the aftermath.
    • Blood on the Dance Floor's entire catalogue was removed from Spotify for promoting hate content, and because of sexual assault allegations against bandleader Dahvie Vanity.
    • In March 2018, Dubstep artist Datsik was accused of sexual assault and rape by multiple women spanning over several years. He stepped down from his label Firepower Records, and all of his appearances at then-upcoming shows and festivals were canceled.
    • Dave Matthews Band fired longtime member Boyd Tinsley in May 2018 after a sexual assault lawsuit against the violinist/mandolinist was made public; James Frost-Winn, a trumpeter for Tinsley's side-project Crystal Garden, accused him of making unwanted sexual advances towards him. Tinsley had taken a sabbatical from DMB in February and on the same day, he was served the lawsuit and told the other members of the band nothing more other than he was taking some time off to look after his family. When DMB dismissed Tinsley from the group, less than 24 hours after the allegations were made public a few months later, they indicated they were "shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them."
    • Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil, Jr. and principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa were dismissed from the orchestra in October 2018 over sexual misconduct allegations. Preucil also resigned from his teaching position at the Cleveland Institute of Music and his recordings for the Suzuki Violin Books were replaced.
    • Rock singer Ryan Adams's career ended abruptly in 2019, when several women - including singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, his ex-wife Mandy Moore, and an anonymous teenage musician - accused him of controlling behavior, sexual misconduct and harassment in a New York Times article. Shortly thereafter, his then-upcoming album Big Colors was pulled from its release date by Capitol Records, and later canceled altogether.
    • Opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo, one of the famous "Three Tenors", backed out of a Metropolitan Opera performance of Verdi's Macbeth in September 2019 amidst allegations of sexual misconduct, and resigned as General Director of the Los Angeles Opera one month later. In February 2020, the American Guild of Musical Artists confirmed that Domingo indeed made unwanted sexual advances, leading the singer to resign from the guild one month later. Domingo's singing career, on the other hand, remained unaffected in the aftermath.
    • Lorna Shore vocalist CJ McCreery was fired from the group on December 23, 2019, due to multiple allegations of pervasive Domestic Abuse, with one of the exes (not the one who initially blew the whistle, as that was a private event that she threatened to make public if the band didn't act immediately) posting many graphic accounts of horrifying sexual and emotional abuse, serial infidelity, pathological deceitfulness, gaslighting, repeated pursuits (and, in some cases, outright grooming) of underage women, and virulent misogyny and racism. Austin Archey quickly expressed his hatred and disgust for McCreery and admitted that he was part of the problem, as he alluded to being dimly aware of other accusations against him that were floating around Twitter that he failed to pay attention to earlier. Adam De Micco's girlfriend also made various posts on Reddit that clarified that McCreery was already on his way out before the incident either way, as they were tired of his rude, lazy, and selfish behavior and his embarrassing and disgraceful conduct while on tour, and the accusations greatly expedited the process by providing them with something truly heinous that they had to act upon.

      CJ eventually resurfaced with an explanation video in June of 2020, which accomplished very little other than inviting a scathing rebuke from his former Signs Of The Swarm bandmate Bobby Crow, who denied knowing anything about CJ's relationships but stated in no uncertain terms that the video was a classic example of McCreery attempting to lying his way out of consequences like he did every time he poorly treated his bandmates while on tour and said that CJ abusing women would be perfectly in character given his behavior towards his old bandmates. Signs' agent Dan DeFonce additionally vowed to ensure that McCreery would never play a show or be in another band again and given DeFonce's longstanding vocal hatred of McCreery, this is likely not an empty threat.
    • Former Clawhammer vocalist Chrissy Jones had what is left of his career ended in June of 2020, when numerous women came forward about persistent grooming and sexually predatory behavior towards underage women.
    • Homewrecker was thrown off of Good Fight Music in June 2020, after numerous women accused frontman Matt Barnum of sexually predatory behavior towards them while they were minors, while similar accusations against drummer Matt Izzi also came up. The rest of Homewrecker threw Barnum out the day after, while Izzi himself was thrown out of his other band Scorched.
    • Issues clean singer Tyler Carter was fired in September 2020, after numerous accusations of sexually predatory behavior and grooming of underage fans were brought to the band's attention.
    • Shrine of Malice vocalist Greg Gilbert was fired in September 2020, after footage emerged of him sexually assaulting an unconscious and extremely intoxicated woman (that he had took himself).
  • Even the Metropolitan Opera, of all opera companies, wasn't immune to this trope:
    • Since making her debut at the Met in 1977, soprano Kathleen Battle was no stranger to controversy both on and off stage. But the low point of her career occurred during rehearsals for a 1994 production of Gaetano Donizetti's opera La Fille du Régiment where she criticized her fellow performers and demanded that they not look at her. Then-general manager Joseph Volpe dismissed her from the production as a result. Although her singing career wasn't affected, Battle hasn't performed in opera ever since. It wouldn't be until 22 years later that she would return to perform at the Met.
    • Longtime music director James Levine, who was also the music director for the Ravinia Festival, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was suspended from the Met and dropped from the Ravinia Festival after sexual abuse allegations against him were reported in December 2017. He was dismissed from the Met three months later.
    • While theatre producer John Copley still maintains a sizable following in both America and his native Britain, he was removed from his production of Gioachino Rossini's opera Semiramide at the Met for his inappropriate behavior in the rehearsal room.
  • Electronic dance music saw a resurgence in popularity in The New '10s thanks to the popularity of dubstep, trap music, electro/big room house, and trance. However, during the early '90s, house and Eurodance were the most popular genres of electronic music. During that time, two popular dance groups, Black Box and C&C Music Factory topped the charts with hit singles and albums. Both groups used an R&B singer named Martha Wash on their tracks. However, Wash, being an overweight woman, wasn't featured on any of the music videos as both groups used skinny models to lip-sync her vocals. However, the problem came about when both groups didn't give Wash credit for her vocals and actually credited the women in the music videos instead. DJs and critics began to catch on because Wash had already been famous as half of The Weather Girls - of "It's Raining Men" fame - and had a particularly distinctive voice; Once it was pointed out, it became pretty obvious who was singing on the songs. This led to Wash launching a successful lawsuit and a law was created where record companies had to give credit to everyone who works on a track, no matter how minor the role.
    • That being said, C+C Music Factory did learn their lesson from the ordeal. A song off their second album, "Do You Wanna Get Funky," features vocals from both Wash and Zelma Davis (the singer who lip-synced Wash's vocals in "Gonna Make You Sweat"). In the song's video, Wash and Davis are front and center.
  • Anchors Up, a nationally famous punk bar in Haverhill, Massachusetts, was permanently shut down in 2015, after a man who was attending a show at the venue was jumped, beaten to a comatose state, and left for dead by numerous assailants. The bar's fate was sealed soon after an investigation revealed that not only did at least one employee assist in staging the man up to get jumped, but the owner of the venue likely knew well in advance that the attack was being planned, and still allowed it to happen.
  • In November 2019, Korean pop stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon were both sentenced to five to six years in prison for committing a string of gang rapes that they also filmed and distributed online through chat rooms. Jung quit the industry in self-exile after confessing to his crimes, while Choi retired from his group FT Island as a result.
  • John Finberg, a well-known booking agent and the owner of First Row Talent and Enter the Vault (the service he sold his tickets through), lost the vast majority of his clients (including some of his biggest, namely Nightwish, Delain, and Amorphis) in the fall of 2020 after a scathing expose was posted on MetalSucks regarding well over a decade's worth of sexually predatory and perverted behavior (including multiple accusations of sexual assault), financial exploitation of bands and promoters, vindictive and vengeful behavior towards anyone who angered him, and, in multiple cases, sending over hired goons to harass and threaten people who had angered him. The mood in the industry was more one of relief and even celebration at times, as many people had been fully aware of his behaviors and activities well before this and had been forced to keep their mouths shut due to a combination of Music Is Politics and their own fears of Finberg going scorched earth and destroying their careers.

  • AOA, once a popular K-Pop girl group/band, came under controversy in the summer of 2020, when former member Mina, who left in 2019, posted allegations of being bullied by one of the members to the point of becoming suicidal. The situation was exacerbated when Jimin, the rapper and leader, responded with the word "Fiction" on her Instagram stories, and was subsequently outed as the member who had bullied Mina. The backlash was swift as Mina exposed more of her traumatic experiences with being bullied, and even the other members haven't escaped unscathed, with Seolhyun being accused of being a bystander to the bullying, with calls for her to be removed from the drama series she acted in as well, though she was ultimately allowed to remain in the show. However, Jimin's reputation has suffered the most, with her quitting the group and leaving the industry in the wake of the scandal, and it is unlikely she will ever be an idol again.
  • As I Lay Dying broke up after lead singer Tim Lambesis was arrested after attempting to hire a hitman to murder his ex-wife. The remaining members and Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper subsequently formed another band, Wovenwar. Lambesis got out of prison in late 2016, and he eventually reformed As I Lay Dying with the other members. However, this decision has led to a mixed reception, with fans unsure whether they should continue to support them and some metal publications taking the step of boycotting the reformed group.
  • Whichever side you're on, this tainted the name of Polish black metal band Batushka. Brace yourselves: Batushka started with Bartłomiej "Bart" Krysiuk on vocals and founder Krzysztof "Derph" Drabikowski on basically everything note , with the release of their debut Litourgiya in 2015 through Krysiuk's label Witching Hour Records, making them household names. Hopes were high for the project as they toured and were even signed to Metal Blade Records for the then untitled second album.

    All of that changed when Krysiuk left Batushka due to Drabikowski taking more time on the sophomore album, only to do a Hostile Show Takeover by taking control of the band's social media, trademarking the Batushka name under his own name, and hiring session members to create a new Batushka album named Hospodi, all without Drabikowski's permission. This resulted in a really confusing legal battle over the Batushka name, and spawned two bands with the same name: one led by Krysiuk (using the English naming and often called "Bartushka" by fans) and one led by Drabikowski (using the Cyrillic spelling, with the Fan Nickname of "Derptushka") . Due to Drabikowski's own account posted on the Youtube account he has access to and any other attempt to have a social media account being snubbed by Krysiuk, along with Metal Blade not allowing comments or likes in the recent album singles, Krysiuk's responses to upset fans, and poorly-received live performances, it's safe to say Krysiuk dragged his reputation into the mud and the Batushka name with it. To add to grievance, Hospodi received mixed reviews at best, and their tour was eventually canceled due to the lawsuit.

    Meanwhile, Drabikowski has continued his own version of Batushka independently, even releasing the originally planned follow-up to Litourgiya called Panhida through his own Bandcamp (originally set under the Batushka name before being taken down by Kruysiuk), which sounds exactly like a continuation of the aforementioned Litourgiya and was even able to perform with high praise. Time will tell if the band will survive after the sheer insanity of the name suit.
  • This trope cost English boy band Blue a US record deal. They were in New York City when 9/11 happened and witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center. The following month, Blue was being interviewed by the British newspaper The Sun and one of the bandmates, Lee Ryan, commented that “This New York thing is being blown out of proportion” and asked "What about whales? They are ignoring more important animals. Animals need saving and that’s more important." His bandmates attempted to stop him from making further comments but were unsuccessful. This unsurprisingly went over very badly, as even the most ardent animal rights activists would agree that the tragedy of 9/11 was infinitely worse than anything that was going on with animals. The fear of public outrage in the US made the band untouchable in the US and almost damaged the band's image in their native UK and had called for Lee to be removed from the band but these were unsuccessful. However, years later on The Big Reunion (a short-lived British series about manufactured pop bands reforming for a one-off performance), the band claimed that Lee had been purposely misquoted to sell a gripping news story, saying that he was actually trying not to relive what they'd seen by saying something to the effect of, "We don't want to talk about New York. Let's talk about something else like the whales dying," but the situation seemed to have been forgotten anyway (most likely because Lee had never been given any time to defend himself, whether anyone would believe the claims or not)
  • Australian metacore band Dealer is effectively no more as all members quit in June 2020 after mental and sexual abuse allegations came up against singer Aiden Holmes. Before Dealer's formation, Holmes was kicked out of Alpha Wolf for similar reasons.
  • Enabler broke up and its lead singer/guitarist Jeff Lohrber left music for good after former bassist and Lohrber's ex-girlfriend Amanda Daniels went public about the details of their relationship, which included some truly horrifying accounts of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and painted Lohrber as an unstable and deeply disturbed individual who needed professional help and absolutely would not get it.
  • The mathcore band Gaza, best known for their political and anti-religious lyrics, disbanded in 2013 after a blogger accused lead singer Jon Parkin of raping her. However, this wasn't what broke them up: while Parkins himself denied the allegation (albeit with erratic behavior that made him look guilty), his victim retracted her statement after the two confronted one another. What did break them up was that the band simply could not handle Parkin's volatile and controlling personality any longer, and decided to call it quits. The remaining members went off to make a band similar to Gaza called Cult Leader, while Parkins retired from the music scene afterward and focused on an educational career.
  • Good English was an up-and-coming indie band made up of three sisters and based in Dayton, Ohio. However, they quickly came under fire in 2016 when Leslie Rasmussen, their drummer, spoke out in defense of Brock Turner, a Stanford University swimmer and childhood friend of hers who had been convicted in a high-profile rape case. She had written a character letter to the court, in which she said that the entire incident was "a big misunderstanding" and made statements that perpetuated dangerous rape myths, blaming alcohol, the party culture on campus, and Turner's victim for getting drunk in the first place, trying to downplay the severity of the sexual assault, and claiming that only strangers can be rapists. Many people were outraged by the letter, and the band faced a lot of backlash to the point where they had to delete their Facebook and Twitter accounts and lost four shows. Although Rasmussen posted an apology on her personal Facebook pages, the damage was done. Good English ended up losing several concert engagements and were even removed from scheduled appearances at the Dayton Music Art & Film Festival and New York's Northside Festival. Furthermore, the band's publicity label, Behind The Curtains Media, ended up severing ties with them, and they have since disappeared into obscurity.
  • All the members of Hedley, a Canadian pop-rock group, were accused of sexual assault by their young fans with their stories being shared and released on Twitter by an anonymous Twitter account. The fans were primarily female and some were as young as 14. Sometime after, a woman from Ottawa accused lead-singer Jacob Hoggard of sexual assault/rape. As a result, their scheduled performance at the 2018 Juno Awards was pulled and their songs were pulled in many radio stations. They were also dropped by their management. Although they deny the allegations and are currently continuing their Cageless tour, they apologized and said that they want to reach out to people they have let down and the band does plan to return. However, Hoggard has since been charged and the band is now on an indefinite hiatus.
  • Japanese group Hysteric Blue broke up in 2004, after their guitarist Naoki Akamatsu plead guilty to being a serial rapist.
  • Paul Di'Anno, who was the lead vocalist for Iron Maiden's first two albums, was asked to leave the band in 1981 after his drug use and general disinterest in the band led to him no-showing gigs and starting fights backstage. He attempted to carve out a solo career for himself, but his continued drug use and violence (on which his autobiography The Beast goes into detail) tanked that too. Di'Anno spent his later years touring with a band singing Iron Maiden classics, but was known to consistently turn up onstage drunk out of his mind, with frequently incomprehensible vocals, and he is widely seen as a laughingstock.
  • The Lovin' Spoonful were one of the most popular and respected folk-rock groups of the 1960s, with several hit singles to their name. Their career began to unravel in 1967 when guitarist Zal Yanovsky was arrested for possession of marijuana during a drug bust in San Francisco. Yanovsky, a Canadian citizen, was worried he would be deported because of the incident, and police pressured him to give up the name of his dealer. This resulted in the hippie movement turning their backs on the band, with full-page ads being taken out in underground newspapers encouraging a boycott of their music. Yanovsky felt compelled to leave the band to spare his bandmates from long-lasting damage to their career and quit in May 1967. Unfortunately, their career never recovered, and they only reached the top 40 one more time before they broke up in 1969. However, lead singer John Sebastian was able to launch a successful solo career soon afterward with his well-regarded impromptu performance at the Woodstock Festival that summer.
  • Marilyn Manson:
    • Gidget Gein, the second bassist for the group, was fired via telegram on Christmas Eve 1993 while in rehab for his latest overdose. Like the Dave Mustaine/Metallica situation, this was ironic as the members of Marilyn Manson were almost all notorious drug addicts. Gein died of a fatal overdose in 2008.
    • In 2017, Twiggy Ramirez, the band's third bassist, was fired after his ex-girlfriend, Jack Off Jill frontwoman Jessicka Addams, accused him of rape and abusive, controlling behavior.
    • Manson himself was named by Evan Rachel Wood as her previously-unnamed abuser in 2021, followed by four other women coming forward with very similar stories. Most damningly, Manson's former synth tech-turned-personal assistant Dan Cleary's old tweet that backed Wood's accusations and all other abuse accusations against Manson resurfaced (where Cleary said in no uncertain terms that while he wanted no part of cancel culture, he wanted the world to know that those women spoke the truth). Wes Borland would go on to echo Cleary's statements, backing both Wood's accusations and those of the other women based on what he personally witnessed in the nine months that he was in the band and referring to him as a "bad fucking guy". This resulted in Loma Vista Recordings throwing Manson off their label and ceasing all further promotion of We Are Chaos, his most recent full-length album, while Creative Artists Agency also removed him from its roster, and his scheduled appearances in American Gods and Creepshow were cancelled, with the filmed footage from the former apparently being cut from the final product.
  • Milli Vanilli's fame and fortune ended in just a year after their breakthrough album, Girl You Know It's True, was released. The album's producer Frank Farian admitted that the duo didn't actually provide the vocals nor wrote any of the songs for the album, creating a chain reaction of events that resulted in the duo's Grammy Award for Best New Artist being withdrawn, Arista Records voluntarily destroying all unsold copies of Girl You Know It's True and the album masters, and dozens of lawsuits against the duo from customers demanding refunds. Despite this, they actually didn't immediately die off from the fallout, as the duo continued performing up until co-frontman Rob Pilatus died of a drug overdose in 1998.
  • Nachtmystium (and, by extent, Blake Judd) finally folded for good when Judd, who would spent many years scamming fans and screwing over bandmates in shady business deals, blew his absolute last chance to save his career after failing to send preorder copies of The World We Left Behind that had been purchased from him. After enough people went after him for it, Judd then initiated a social media blackout, which prompted Century Media Records to send the copies themselves and drop Nachtmystium from their label. Judd did try to attempt a reformation of Nachtmystium and even was picked up by Earache Records, but most people feel he'll relapse into his dark ways as usual. This was not helped when it was revealed he started up a label selling bootleg albums of other bands such as Judas Iscariot, fracturing whatever respect some had left for him.
  • Noble Beast died with Rob Jalonen's career after his ex came out on social media about how he had dated her when she was underage, had been emotionally and sexually abusive with her, and possessed child pornography, which Rob mostly (aside from the part about the child pornography) admitted was true.
  • Public Enemy:
    • The antics of Richard "Professor Griff" Griffin nearly destroyed the group's initial success in the late 80s, when he gave several interviews expressing homophobic and anti-Semitic views. One particularly provocative comment came out of Griff's 1989 interview with The Washington Times, in which he asserted that, "Jews are responsible for the majority of the wickedness in the world." Griff was initially fired in response to the backlash, and when an attempt to let him rejoin Public Enemy was met with resistances, Carlton "Chuck D" Ridenhour was forced to briefly disband the group. Despite a few public appearances together with Chuck, Griff has never performed with the group since. While Griff has expressed remorse for his previous comments, he has still found ways to further offend the Jewish community, such as the 2020 podcast interview which got Nick Cannon fired from Viacom (see Live-Action TV).
    • William "Flavor Flav" Drayton was kicked out of Public Enemy on March 2020, when Public Enemy Radio (a version of the group featuring Chuck D but not Flav) performed at a campaign event for Senator Bernie Sanders. Flav quickly distanced himself from the performance and sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Sanders campaign denouncing their use of his music and likeness, to which Public Enemy released a statement that they would be abruptly parting ways with Flav after 37 years. This quickly led to recurring jokes on social media (especially among detractors of Sanders) that Sanders had Yoko Oh No'ed the group. Chuck D later stated that there had been tensions building between him and Flavor Flav for years and that the latter had even been "suspended" from the band since 2016 after he refused to perform with PE at a benefit concert organized by Harry Belafonte. The cease-and-desist letter was simply the last straw for Chuck. Although Chuck would later claim that the whole thing was an April Fools' joke that he decided to abandon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Flav disputed that angle for a few months. By the time their next single was released in June, Flav returned to the band.
  • Despite his heavy involvement in the breakup of his band Agalloch, vocalist/guitarist John Haughm was still relatively respected, even if fans were divided about his new project Pillorian. Then in February of 2019, all of that ended when it was revealed that after a post he made in tribute to actor Bruno Ganz, a fan noted he left a comment on his own post where he called Facebook "Jewbook" (before settling with the more graphically, "Judenbook"), an obvious anti-Semitic slang towards Facebook due to quote-unquote "hasn't deleted my post like I've heard about other Ganz tributes...". The result was heavy backlash, with condemnation from former Agalloch band members Aesop Dekker calling him a "tiny edgelord" and Don Anderson releasing a joint statement on the behalf of Aesop and Jason Walton, both calling out John, confirming they have not been friends with him since the 2016 break up, and that John does not represent Agalloch. To add more salt in the wound, Pillorian members Stephen Parker (guitarist) and Trevor Matthews (drummer) departed from the band after the news hit. Mercifully, John would apologize for his comments, but admitted he would be taking a break from music and social media and breaking up Pillorian, essentially stopping his career at a stand-still for an unknown time being. The most ironic part is that Haughm has stated that he had gone to Israel during Agalloch's run and admitted to loving it there.
  • The fast-rising career of queercore indie band PWR BTTM was over within the span of five days in May 2017 after sexual assault, predatory behavior, and anti-Semitism allegations were made against frontman Ben Hopkins. Polyvinyl went as far as to drop the band and delete their albums from distribution, something very unprecedented in music (for context, the only other time this happened in the industry was in the aftermath of the high-profile lip-sync scandal that destroyed Milli Vanilli).
  • In the late August 2017, the Toronto-based Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra was forced to shut down, and its management to resign, after it was revealed they'd sent out an email that was widely viewed as "fat-shaming" their volunteer singers.
  • A unique regional example of this trope is with Russian deathcore act Slaughter to Prevail. They have been unable to tour Europe (despite many attempts) due to singer Alex Terrible once having a black sun tattoo and doing a photoshoot with a fascist Russian group in his youth. Despite having covered up his black sun tattoo and never holding any fascist ideologies (plus, it is doubtful Sumerian would have signed Slaughter to Prevail if they had known Alex had any ties to Nazi groups), many European promotions are wary of bringing Slaughter to Prevail to Europe. Even in 2020, the band has been trying to get a European tour off the ground but is met with resistance from anti-fascist groups, who threaten to shut down their shows. Alex has gone on record saying that he was an idiot in his youth and deeply regrets doing that photoshoot, knowing that it cost him and his band many opportunities. This only applies to Europe, Slaughter to Prevail is still free to tour the rest of the world should a promoter book them and they get the necessary visas.
  • Steely Dan broke up following the release of their Gaucho album in 1980, in part due to guitarist/bassist Walter Becker's drug problems, which made it difficult for Donald Fagen to work with his longtime partner. Becker eventually cleaned up, largely because he would moved to Hawaii and started a family, and the band would reunite in 1993.
  • Tau Cross was kicked off of Relapse Records in 2019 after the label was notified of an extensive shout-out to noted Holocaust denier Gerard Menuhin (up to being credited as a major influence on the album) in Rob Miller's section of the thank-you lists in the liner booklet of Messengers of Deception; after examining the lyrics more closely, the label contacted Miller, who denied being a Holocaust denier, and the rest of the band, who had no idea what Miller was talking about and expressed genuine surprise at the allegations. Nonetheless, the label no longer felt comfortable with having Tau Cross on their roster, and they gave them back their masters and back catalog and told them to find another label. Whatever hope the band may have had of saving itself in any way was destroyed not long after, as Rob posted a lengthy response on their official page that, for lack of a more polite way to sum up the sentiment, could be best be understood as "sorry, not sorry, fuck you if you can't deal with it." However, Messengers of Deception was reworked and recorded with a new lineup, and released on December 4th, 2020.
  • In the late 2010s, the Nu Metal band Trapt, until then best known for their 2002 hit "Headstrong", became notorious for an entirely different reason, as frontman Chris Taylor Brown went on a series of far-right tirades and started fights with other musicians that eventually led Twitter and Facebook to give the band's official accounts the boot. Their 2020 album Shadow Work also wound up bombing with only six hundred copies sold, a figure that Brown also furiously disputed. Reports that the rest of the band fired Brown in 2020, however, turned out to have come from a parody account.
  • Portland Black Metal band Uada garnered some controversy after they were forced to cancel several shows due to allegations of Nazism. It was later on proven to not be the case (with many close friends and fans of their Portland scene coming to their defense) due to Portland's heavy left-leaning political views and the band was simply alleged to be Nazi supporting due to controversial band Graveland doing a surprise appearance at a show they were at. Despite that, it is a long-lingering allegation that overshadows them to this day, with even metal site MetalSucks still accuses them of supporting Nazism.
  • The Christian Rock band Whiteheart was one of the biggest acts in Christian music during the 1980s and 1990s. However, the band eventually met its end in 1985, when lead vocalist Scott Douglas (who himself succeeded original lead vocalist Steve Green when Green decided rock music didn't suit him and moved to the inspirational sub-genre) was kicked out after being arrested for aggravated sexual battery; with one of the band's roadies, Rick Florian, replacing Douglas for the remainder of the band's existence.
  • Young and in the Way disbanded in 2018 after being kicked off of their label and the Psycho Las Vegas bill after the operators of the Detroit-based underground/guerilla art space Trumbullplex publicly accused them of multiple incidents of sexual assault and attempted rape that took place at the venue in 2014. While the band did not openly admit wrongdoing, their lack of any real attempt to defend themselves beyond "wasn't us" and the abrupt breakup was taken by many as a tacit admission that the charges were genuine and they had been caught dead to rights, especially given their already-spotty reputations as people.
  • Metal band Demons & Wizards disbanded in February 2021 after co-frontman Jon Schaffer was arrested for his involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot a month earlier, and his partner Hansi Kürsch subsequently parting ways with Schaffer.

  • To quote Dennis Miller: "What in the fuck do you have to do to get kicked out of Guns N' Roses?" The answer: dance with Mr. Brownstone just enough. Just ask their original drummer Steven Adler, who was fired for being so drugged that he only managed to finish one song on the Use Your Illusion albums, "Civil War".
  • In 2008, Ashanti released her new album The Declaration and the lead single "The Way That I Love You", whose music video, inspired by True Crime shows like Snapped and Forensic Files, had her character murdering her unfaithful boyfriend. The music video was harmless enough and didn't kill her career. Rather, it was the promotional campaign that did her in. To promote the album, she launched a "gotcha-gram" campaign that allowed people to create personalized fake news reports detailing a murder spree, with the recipient indicated as being the killer's next target. In other words, it allowed people to create slick, polished death threats, all wrapped up in a glamorization of domestic violence as a solution to a lover's bad behavior. The campaign was hastily pulled after the backlash, but the damage was done. The single and the album bombed, Ashanti was dropped from Murder Inc. Records, and it wasn't until six years before Ashanti released another album.
  • Rapper/singer Azealia Banks was dropped from the line-up of a London festival after going on a Twitter rant claiming Zayn Malik had plagiarized one of her music videos, a rant which included homophobic and racist remarks (and, later, threats of violence, the likes of which were probably the straw that broke the camel's back based on how she threatened to bring firearms into the UK) aimed at the former One Direction bandmate that finally got her suspended from Twitter. Banks returned to Twitter in February 2017, but had her account suspended once again in June 2018 following remarks she made (and deleted) during an exchange with drag queen Monet X Change.
  • Bassist Ben Bennett got kicked out of Warbringer immediately following a major tour in 2009. A long history of being a complete asshole culminated in his saying some incredibly cruel things to then-drummer Nic Ritter one night. Ritter ran off and punched a dumpster in anger hard enough to break his hand, putting him out of commission for the rest of the tour, and making John Kevill angry enough to physically pull Bennett out of the van and stomp on his head.
  • The career of music publicist Heathcliff Berru and his company Life & Death PR ended in early 2016, when several women in the music industry - including musicians, other music publicists, and employees of festivals - accused him of sexually assaulting them. After Berru made a bungled statement where he vaguely admitted the allegations but blamed them on his drug use, he stepped down from his CEO role with his company. Several of Life or Death's clients began to sever ties with the company as the allegations came out, and several of their biggest clients do the same after Berru's statement. The fallout from the Berru scandal ultimately resulted in the rest of Life or Death's staff electing to leave the company, effectively shutting it down. Some of the employees have since formed another PR firm.
  • Singer-songwriter Chuck Berry's career ended in 1959, when he was arrested for transporting a 14-year-old girl across state lines for sexual purposes, a crime for which he ultimately served a year and a half in prison. While Berry would make a comeback in The '70s playing the nostalgic oldies circuit, continued troubles with the law would dog him for the rest of his life.
  • Brendan "Cygnus" Brown of Ne Obliviscaris was thrown out around the beginning of 2017, after at least five of his ex-girlfriends came forward with information about how he was physically abusive in his relationships with them.
  • Chris Brown... Make some popcorn, this will take a while. He began as a highly popular pop artist with a boy next door image. He was known for his excellent dancing and being a good wholesome type of guy girls can bring home to Mom. He was even promoted by some media outlets as 'The Prince of Pop' claiming that he would pick up where the 'King of Pop' left off. His positive image became even stronger when it was confirmed that he was dating popular female pop artist, Rihanna, who was just as famous. During the American Music Awards show in 2009, both were supposed to be the toast of the event. Instead, everyone was shocked and horrified when they discovered that Brown savagely beat Rihanna while on the road to the awards show and left her for dead. He soon turned himself in. Pictures surfaced on the internet of Rihanna's battered face and Brown became demonized in the media. Despite all of this, he came back with a solid album called F.A.M.E. However, Brown still got himself in more trouble over the years, until finally in 2013 after a fight outside of a hotel, his probation for the Rihanna attack was revoked and he has been in and out of jail and rehab.
  • 1960s pop singer Anita Bryant destroyed her career and her role as a brand ambassador of the Florida Citrus Commission with her anti-LGBT "Save Our Children" crusade, launched in Florida in 1977 to protest an anti-discrimination ordinance passed by Dade County. While her campaign to get the ordinance repealed was successful and led her to campaign against similar laws across the country, it also spurred a massive backlash from the LGBT community and its allies, which made her a laughingstock overnight and caused many people to boycott Florida orange juice. Many gay bars in America stopped serving screwdrivers and instead served a mixture of apple juice and vodka called the "Anita Bryant Cocktail", and her likeness became a popular subject of parody for drag queens. The controversy caused the Florida Citrus Commission to allow her contract with them to lapse in 1979, while her divorce from her husband Bob Green in 1980 (partly as a result of the stress caused by the boycott) likewise infuriated many Christian conservatives, who saw her as a hypocrite. Since then, her career has been relegated to small venues and charity acts in the southern US, while her name has remained synonymous with homophobia.
  • Captured Tracks dropped singer Alex Calder from their roster and canceled the release of his second album after a sexual abuse allegation against him came to their attention.
  • Iced Earth briefly included guitarist Ernie Carletti, but before they had recorded anything with him he was arrested on rape charges and immediately fired from the band.
    • Iced Earth as a band would later face this in early 2021, when mainman Jon Schaffer was quickly identified by fans as one of the insurrectionists at the US Capitol siege and was later arrested. As a result, the band was kicked off of Century Media Records, as were Demons & Wizards and Purgatory, Schaffer's other bands that were also on the label. Iced Earth's other members, Stu Block and Luke Appleton, left the band the following February. Although Block didn't say why he left, Appleton implied it was due to Schaffer's involvement in the Capitol insurrection.
  • Noisem fired the Carnes brothers (Tyler and Billy) at some point in 2016 for stealing band money to spend on drugs and trying to get their manager to cook the books to hide the theft. The damage was already done, however; Relapse Records dropped them as a result of the fiasco.
  • The Smashing Pumpkins knew about drummer Jimmy Chamberlin's drug problem for some time. They tolerated it until touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of an overdose while taking drugs with Chamberlin in July 1996. He has fired shortly afterward but later got clean and rejoined the band in late 1998.
  • In the 1950s, Western swing fiddler and bandleader Spade Cooley was one of the most famous musicians in the United States and was both one of the top concerts draws of the day and the host of his own television show. His career ended in 1961 when he was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison for brutally beating his wife Ella Mae to death after she asked him for a divorce. The crime shocked the country and led to a media circus surrounding his trial that would be comparable to the O.J. Simpson trial a few decades later. In 1968, Cooley was granted parole, largely for medical reasons, and was scheduled for release in 1970. However, he would not live to see that happen: In November 1969, Cooley was granted a furlough from prison to perform at a police benefit concert, and suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after he walked off stage.
  • Fans were confused after dark electronic musician William Controlnote  abruptly retired at the end of 2017. In the middle of 2018, a large contingent of female fans came forward with accusations that he'd been essentially running a BDSM cult while on the road behind his wife's back. Allegations went from unsafe kink practices and safeword violations to financial abuse, to in some cases ordering the girl to get a tattoo of his logo above their genitals, with photo and video evidence of these. His wife would leave him in July and police have begun investigations in several countries. He resurfaced about 4 months after the allegations came out, with new music literally telling his victims to kill themselves, and badly faked recorded phone calls "proving his innocence" but has so far only succeeded in embarrassing himself.
  • Singer-songwriter Jonny Craig has been kicked out of every band he's been apart of (Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance again, and Slaves) on account of his personality and drug issues and inability to get his shit together, as well as multiple domestic abuse and sexual assault allegations against him. The post-hardcore supergroup Isles and Glaciers will likely remain a one-off for much the same reasons.
  • Guitarist C.C. DeVille was fired from the hair metal band Poison in 1991 after a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. The band was due to play "Unskinny Bop", but DeVille, who was in the middle of bad cocaine addiction, forgot which song they were supposed to be playing and missed his cue right after they were introduced. Instead, he started playing the opening riff of their earlier hit "Talk Dirty to Me". The band played that song instead, but the other members were clearly annoyed with DeVille, whose guitar became unplugged during the performance. Backstage, the band got into a huge fistfight with DeVille, who was fired on the spot and was soon replaced with Richie Kotzen. DeVille would return to Poison in 1996.
  • Orri Páll Dýreason, the drummer for Icelandic band Sigur Rós, resigned from the band in 2018 after a female fan came out that he had sexually assaulted her. A few days after this allegation came out, Orri posted on the Sigur Rós Facebook that while he still maintains his innocence, he would be stepping down as the band's drummer and focusing on clearing his name by his own decision. Surprisingly enough, Jonsi and Georg didn't offer any comment aside from Orri's own statement, probably to not taint the band name.
  • In an example of a Role-Ending Felony, Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen was fired after two counts of statutory rape, the first of which he was arrested and released on bail after a few hours in custody. The second occurred a few weeks later after he was arrested for having sex with a 13-year-old after grooming her on the Internet for three months while posing as a Static-X fan. He was fired as soon as the band heard about it.
  • Kevin Fennell, the longstanding drummer for prolific indie rock band Guided By Voices, was fired by band-leader Robert Pollard in 2013 after Fennell had tried to sell the drum kit he had used during the recording of the band's landmark 1994 Bee Thousand album on eBay, which angered Pollard. The incident was all for naught for Fennell as well as he didn't get any bidders on his drum kit.
  • Metal band Skeletonwitch fired their lead singer Chance Garnette in October 2014 after he was arrested for assaulting a family member while drunk.
  • Italian orchestra conductor Daniele Gatti, best known for his work as principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1996 to 2009 and music director of the Orchestre National de France from 2008 to 2016, was removed from his position as chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in August 2018 after he was accused of inappropriate behavior towards the orchestra's female colleagues. Gatti's conducting career, however, remained unaffected and he was appointed by the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma as its music director that December.
  • Guitarist Ruben Gallego was fired from the indie rock band Beach Slang in late 2016 after sexual assault allegations against him were made public.
  • Glam Rock singer Gary Glitter's career ended after his 1999 guilty plea to possessing child pornography, leading to a four-month jail sentence. Any faint hope of a comeback was dashed in the mid-2000s after he was convicted of sexually abusing minors in Vietnam. As such, Glitter is now considered a pariah throughout the UK. Further offenses came to light in 2012 during the Jimmy Savile scandal, and in 2015, Glitter was sentenced to sixteen years in jail - meaning he will be at least seventy-eight before he might be released and possibly up to eighty-six. At this point, it is less about whether Glitter's career is over (it is) and more about whether Glitter will die before he was released.
  • Russian orchestral conductor Mark Gorenstein was dismissed from his position as music director of the country's State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov" in September 2011 after issues with the orchestra during Gorenstein's nine-year tenure caused 280 musicians to leave voluntarily or be fired. Vladimir Jurowski took his place that October. In the aftermath, Gorenstein became principal guest conductor of the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra and to this day, he maintains a steady conducting career.
  • In early 2016, Sony Music Entertainment dropped their business support for producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and terminated his contract a year earlier than it would've expired following an attempt by Kesha to have her contract with the producer terminated by a court of law after claiming he sexually assaulted her and she considered it cruel to have to work with her abusernote . Even though her case was thrown out of court (she had previously made a statement under oath that he hadn't assaulted her but redacted her statement) the negative PR linked to the company's ties with Dr. Luke as well as an outcry from other artists including Lady Gaga and Adele forced their hand. Kesha, who had the public's support through the ordeal, was able to launch a Career Resurrection with her next album Rainbow in 2017. While Luke's career took a major hit following the scandal, he was able to come back in 2020 when he produced Doja Cat's "Say So", which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Cee Lo Green is an unusual case of someone whose career was destroyed by peripheral comments over a sex scandal than the scandal itself. His comedy series The Good Life was canceled by TBS shortly after getting picked up for a second season, following shocking comments on his Twitter page related to sexual battery accusations made in 2012. Green deactivated his Twitter account (then later reactivated it) and apologized for the tweets, but the damage had already been done. TBS proceeded to make him an Un-person, taking down the show's website and removing the series from the TBS mobile app. Some speculate that his 2014 departure from The Voice and removal from Hotel Transylvania 2 was for much the same reasons.
  • In 2019, Italian operatic tenor Vittorio Grigòlo was dismissed by the Royal Opera House, following an incident during a performance of Gounod's Faust in Tokyo with the ROH on tour, in which he allegedly groped a female chorus member at the curtain call, then got into an altercation with other cast members when asked to stop. Likewise, the Metropolitan Opera dismissed him following the ROH's investigation into the incident. To this day, however, Grigòlo's career in other European countries has remained unaffected.
  • Todd Harrell, the original bassist for 3 Doors Down, was removed from the band in April 2013 after being charged with vehicular homicide in Nashville, Tennessee for a fatal accident caused by his addiction to prescription drugs and painkillers. While out on bail, Harrell was arrested again for a weapons violation, which led to him being sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018. 3 Doors Down eventually hired Justin Biltonen to take Harrell's place beginning with a performance in Moscow at the end of the following month.
  • Doug Hopkins was the original lead guitarist and songwriter for the Gin Blossoms. During the recording for New Miserable Experience, he started to suffer from alcoholism and depression and was fired by the record label. (The band themselves were hesitant to do so.) New Miserable Experience became the band's breakthrough album and the Hopkins-penned "Hey Jealousy" became a huge hit, but their success was marred when Hopkins took his own life in December 1993 right at the peak of his former band's fame.
  • Canadian film and television composer Andrew Huggett had the brakes put on his career after he was arrested by Ottawa police in mid-2020 for possessing child pornography.
  • Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri came under fire in June 2014 for her homophobic comments regarding the violence that had erupted during an anti-homophobia rally in Tbilisi in 2013, where she'd written an open letter to the Georgian President stating that she was "quite proud of how Georgian society spat at the parade". Even worse, despite referencing her so-called friends and relatives who are gay, she continued her homophobic tirade, which she also posted on Facebook. When these comments resurfaced a year later, Iveri was due to sing Desdemona in Verdi's Otello at Opera Australia. Despite her denials and attempts to pin the blame on her husband, Opera Australia terminated her contract, and she ended up posting a denial-filled non-apology on her Facebook. Also, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie dropped her from their production of Un ballo in maschera in 2015, and she hasn't seen much work at major opera companies since then.
  • Brian Jones, the founder of The Rolling Stones and their first leader, was fired from the band as due to many drug-related arrests he couldn't get a visa for an upcoming US tour. Less than one month later Jones died under mysterious circumstances.
  • Tubist Karl Kramer, best known for his association with the Brass Ring quintet and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, abruptly resigned as Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in July 2015 after the university investigated concerns over his credit card usage.
  • Yes keyboardist Igor Khoroshev left the band in 2000 after being accused of sexually assaulting two female security guards on tour. Khoroshev has since worked on film scores.
  • Before he formed Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister was a part of space rock group Hawkwind until he got kicked out for an amphetamine bust in 1975; agents at the Canadian border had mistaken the substance for cocaine and jailed him. Kilmister later joked that he was really fired for "doing the wrong kind of drugs".
  • Steve Lukather has intimated in interviews that original singer Bobby Kimball's chronic cocaine addiction led the rest of Toto to fire him in 1984; he wouldn't return till the late '90s.
  • In 1958, Rock & Roll star Jerry Lee Lewis did a tour of the UK, where a reporter uncovered that Lewis' wife Myra Gale Brown was only thirteen years old — and his first cousin. Lewis had to cancel the tour after only three poorly-received concerts, and more importantly, the scandal followed him home; virtually overnight, he went from playing concert arenas to bars and small clubs, and for several years he had to work under a pseudonym to get any airplay at all. It was ten years before he could stage a Career Resurrection, and he had to switch to Country Music to do so.
  • Ukrainian classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa (who made a name for herself by becoming the fifth-most searched for a pianist on Youtube) caught in a controversy in 2015, when she was dropped from a Toronto Symphony Orchestra concert due to numerous Twitter posts she made insulting Ukrainian people and Ukraine itself (in regards to the Ukrainian-Russian conflict). After the TSO originally tried to keep the matter quiet to protect her reputation, Lisitsa publicly called them on their actions, forcing its CEO Jeff Melanson to come out with the story via a damning seven-page collage of her offending remarks. Melanson then stated that her beliefs were intolerant and not representative of Toronto as a whole. While Lisitsa has still found work with other symphonies, she effectively cannot perform in Toronto again, and her work at this point appears to be Overshadowed by Controversy.
  • Manowar guitarist Karl Logan (aka the skinny one with really long hair) was arrested in 2018 for possession of child pornography. Needless to say, he was immediately fired from the band and was replaced by E.V. Martel.
  • While it's not known if he had left music for good or just didn't want to be in a touring act any longer when he left Spellcaster, Tyler Loney effectively killed what is left of his career when he savagely beat and attempted to choke out his girlfriend and was subsequently arrested.
  • Singer-songwriter Jake McElfresh, playing under the name Front Porch Step when opening for bands such as State Champs and Handguns, was accused of sexual harassment and predatory behavior by several young women in early 2015, leading to his suspension from most of Warped Tour 2015 and his dropping from the record label, as well as being unpaid for his first performance since the allegations were brought up in July 2015. Many musicians from the same label and Warped Tour, such as Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail, condemned McElfresh over Twitter for using fame for predatory behavior, which seems to be distressingly common among smaller acts on Warped, and it is rumored that Kevin Lyman's attempts to cater to an older audience in the final few years of the tour were motivated at least partially by the amount of bad press that the tour had been receiving due to incidents like this.
  • Irish punk band The Pogues fired their lead singer and songwriter Shane McGowan in 1991 for his unreliability due to his crippling alcoholism. He would rejoin the band a decade later.
  • British indie rock band Kasabian fired lead singer Tom Meighan in July 2020. Initially, it was reported that Meighan had left for personal health reasons, but the next day he plead guilty to assaulting his former fiancee. The band made a statement shortly thereafter confirming they had asked Meighan to leave after he was charged with assault and that they had to hold that information until after his guilty plea.
  • Mauro Mercurio was fired from Hour of Penance after he drunkenly caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to the backstage area of a Spanish club and very nearly got the entire band arrested.
  • Guitarist Matt Mondanile was fired from the indie rock band Real Estate in 2016 after the band had heard allegations of his sexual harassment of women. The details of his firing were not made public by the band until the next year, shortly after additional allegations against him began to pile up. After this, Mondanile's side-project band Ducktails was dropped by Domino Records.
  • Guitarist Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica for his substance abuse issues shortly before he formed Megadeth in 1983. Unlike the rest of "Alcoholica" Mustaine was a violent and angry drunk, who had started fights both on and off stage. It's rumored that the song "Master of Puppets" was a shot at Dave's cocaine habit. In a Heel–Face Turn on that issue, Mustaine would then go on to fire fellow Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland for stealing and selling the band's equipment for drug money and drummer Gar Samuelson in for being so compromised on such a frequent basis due to his extremely heavy drinking and heroin usage that he could barely function.
  • Being arrested for possession of cocaine is a big part of why Steven Page left Barenaked Ladies in 2009. Having it happen right before the band was about to play music from their kid's album at several Disney Music Block Party concerts certainly did not help things. (The band canceled the appearances because of this incident.) Page would not perform with the band again until they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • In 1989, Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti's 15-year tenure as a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago ended after he walked out of the season premiere less than two weeks before rehearsals began. The fact that he canceled 26 out of 41 scheduled appearances at the Lyric over an eight-year period didn't help matters either. However, Pavarotti still maintained a sizable following as a singer and member of the Three Tenors during the last years of his life.
  • Death/doom metal band Disma made the mutual decision to let go of their vocalist Craig Pillard in early 2019 after a flier for a racist music festival featuring Sturmfuhrer (Pillard's allegedly defunct martial industrial project with very unambiguously National Socialist lyrical themes) emerged as the latest in a long line of controversies involving Pillard, who had falsely claimed to have renounced his old views a while back but had made it increasingly obvious that he had lied about renouncing them.
  • Indie rock singer Ariel Pink was dropped by record label Mexican Summer after he and fellow musician John Maus were spotted at the January 2021 Washington D.C. protest and Donald Trump rally that culminated in a violent storming of the U.S. Capitol. Pink did not participate in the incident, but his appearance at the rally shocked and angered his fans, and at the same time older pro-Trump and homophobic statements he made also resurfaced.
  • John Paul Pitts, frontman for indie rock band Surfer Blood, was arrested for domestic battery in 2012. The news didn't break until several months later (and charges were dropped a year later after he accepted a "plea and pass" deal), but the considerable buzz and hype around the band completely vanished the moment it was made public. Matters weren't helped by an interview with Pitchfork where he made evasive statements about his case. Although they're still kicking around, the sales and popularity of their next three albums failed to match those of their debut, and many fans of indie rock have blacklisted their music altogether.
  • Dancehall disc jockey Shabba Ranks's career momentum was abruptly ended in 1993 after his disastrous appearance on a UK music show. During a feud with fellow dancehall musician Buju Banton, Ranks released a single that advocated for the killing of homosexuals with automatic weapons. Soon after this, Ranks was invited onto Channel Four's The Word—just days after winning a Grammy for his album Xtra Naked—but when Ranks attempted to defend his views by claiming that it was "freedom of speech", the crowd audibly booed and host Mark Lamarr responded, "That is absolute crap, and you know it!" Even the co-host and guest Marky Mark, sitting beside Ranks on the couch, looked incredibly uncomfortable while listening to him. The resulting fallout from the appearance caused Ranks' fanbase to splinter, activists to campaign against him, most TV shows to blacklist him, and his ensuing singles to slide down the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It ended any chance he had of mainstream popularity, and by 1998 he'd stopped producing music stateside altogether. He's still popular in Jamaica (which still abhors homosexuality and therefore didn't see a problem with his comments), but everywhere else considers Ranks persona non grata, and various attempts to mount a comeback since then have been stillborn.
  • In October 2014, bassist Robert Reynolds of the country music band The Mavericks was dismissed from the band because of an opiate addiction on Reynolds's part.
  • Gary Richrath's alcoholism led to his 1989 dismissal from REO Speedwagon, under the condition that he could come back when he was truly sober. He released a few solo albums, but was able to reunite with them only once, for a 2013 benefit, two years before his death.
  • Bassist Andy Rourke's 1986 heroin arrests led to his brief dismissal from The Smiths; Morrissey infamously fired him by leaving a note on his car windshield. He was rehired a month later. His replacement, Craig Gannon, did stay on as rhythm guitarist for the Queen is Dead tour.
  • In 2014, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested and charged with attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of cannabis, following a police raid on his home. The band promptly decided to replace Rudd with Chris Slade who played drums with them from 1989 until Rudd's return in 1994, though Rudd would be welcomed back to the band in 2018.
  • Sakura, the drummer of L'arc-en-Ciel, was kicked from the band after a drug bust in 1997 that led to threats by the band's label to drop it, as well as enforced boycotts of their work until he was removed.
  • Composer Mamoru Samuragochi's career ended abruptly in 2014 after it was publicly revealed that he wasn't deaf and that he used a ghostwriter, Takashi Niigaki, to write his compositions for him. He had his Hiroshima Citizens' Award revoked, recordings of his first symphony were canceled and his Onimusha: Warlords score was replaced in the PS4 remake.
  • There are somewhat credible rumors that being caught using hard drugs and/or being The Alcoholic and unable to get it under control, and not Creative Differences alone, was why Taiji Sawada was kicked from X Japan in 1992.
  • Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock was allegedly kicked out of the group in 2014 for publicly criticizing Christina Fallin, frontwoman for Pink Pony - and daughter of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin - after she donned a Native-American headdress in an ill-conceived publicity photo. Fallin's publicity photo had earned her a lot of criticism, but apparently Lips frontman Wayne Coyne was not among those critics - he posted a photo of three of his friends wearing headdresses, with the explicit caption of "did our best @christinafallin pose."
  • K-pop idol Seungri, the youngest member of Big Bang, saw his career and reputation get destroyed in January 2019 after he was discovered to have been involved in the Burning Sun scandal, a major sex scandal in the Korean entertainment industry that implicated many K-pop idols and celebrities in various crimes taking place at the Burning Sun nightclub (which Seungri was affiliated with). Seungri himself was indicted on charges including prostitution, habitual gambling, drug use, and illegal foreign currency trade. He ended up leaving the K-pop scene in the wake of the scandal, and the chances of him making a comeback in the industry are next to zero now.
  • Folk singer Michelle Shocked committed career suicide in 2013 by publicly speaking out against same-sex marriage at the Yoshi's nightclub in (of all places) San Francisco, causing the rest of the performance and all other future appearances to be canceled. Shocked had cultivated a sizable following with the LGBT community over the course of her career, support which evaporated overnight when her comments were made public by stunned concertgoers. The controversy was made worse when Shocked attempted to explain the rant... only to have an audio recording of her rant leaked online and completely invalidate her explanation.
  • Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd was fired from the band in 2011 after being charged with the armed robbery of a pharmacy only a few hours before a show in Massachusetts.
  • Welsh rock band Lostprophets announced that they had split in 2013 after the disturbing child molestation charges against singer Ian Watkins, which he has pled guilty to, and is now serving a 35-year prison sentence and is registered as a sex offender. The other members subsequently formed a new band called No Devotion.
  • Roger Waters fired keyboardist Richard Wright from Pink Floyd in 1979. The other band members were annoyed by Wright's lack of contribution to The Wall, particularly after he declined to cut short his vacation when recording fell behind schedule. Waters was eventually forced to hire Wright back for the tour as a salaried musician, which ironically made him the only one of the core four members of Pink Floyd to profit from the tour, which lost money. Wright returned to the band in 1987, but he would not be re-instated as an official member until 1990.
  • British rapper Wiley, a pioneer of the grime genre, made a series of antisemitic posts on social media in July 2020, resulting in him being de-platformed and A-List Management cutting ties with him.
  • Yelling At Cats was an early brony musician who specialized at rapping. He became notorious, however, when he made a rap song making thinly veiled threats towards Mandopony, another musician. He allegedly also forced an autistic child to have oral sex with a plushie, flirted with women at Everfree Northwest, and stole money from convention funds. There were petitions to ban him from future conventions, and he essentially disappeared from the internet.
    • Mandopony himself would meet this fate in July and August 2020, after accusations came out that he had engaged in pedophilia and grooming, as well as evidence surfacing of him sending nudes to a 17-year old. He was subsequently kicked off from his record label Give Heart Records, and fellow musician Nathan "NateWantsToBattle" Sharp unlisted songs made in collaboration with him from YouTube, such as Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator song Nothing Remains.
  • Intronaut and Phobia both fired Danny Walker in 2018 after his girlfriend publicly came forward about the drummer's Domestic Abuse, including photos of a black eye that she had received from him shortly before he had gone out on tour; furthermore, several of his exes came forward to another musician in that circle about their own experiences with his abuse, and he was swiftly ejected from both acts.
  • Tatsuya Yamaguchi, the bassist for the Japanese rock band Tokio, kissed a high school student against her will in February 2018. The student referred the situation to the prosecutors on April 25 and Yamaguchi announced one day later that he would take an indefinite hiatus from the entertainment industry, apologizing for the incident. The victim withdrew her complaint on May 1 and settled with Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi fell on his sword four days later, resigning from Johnny & Associates and leaving Tokio, which led the group to suspend its musical activity.
  • Former 4th-generation Morning Musume member Hitomi Yoshizawa had her contract terminated by UP-FRONT, her current agency after she was involved in a drunken hit-and-run accident that injured two people.
  • Morgan Wallen was dropped by his label and banned from country radio after a 2021 viral recording of him ranting at fans which included a racial slur. He'd already been in hot water after a drunk-and-disorderly charge at a Nashville bar, and being caught violating COVID restrictions at a party, which cost him a gig on Saturday Night Live.


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