Tupac Shakur vs. Notorious B.I.G.
Hey it's that thing that was fun for a bit and then got super sad in a hurry! Both Tupac and Biggie (and their respective labels: Death Row & Bad Boy) traded barbs at one another on their tracks and sometimes in their videos, namely Tupac mocking a Notorious impersonator in the clip for "Hit 'Em Up". This beef served as the focal point for the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry in the mid/late 90s. Oh and it ended with both dudes getting shot. Bummer.
Oasis vs. Blur
It was the war that divided England. Friend against friend. Partner against partner. Brother against brother. (Well, that's not exactly true. Lots of people liked both bands. Just being a bit dramatic.) The Britpop Civil War of the 90s featured two high profile combatants: Oasis and Blur. The press pounced on the differences between the bands: North vs. South, Working Class vs. Middle Class, Incredibly Thick Eyebrows vs. Slightly Less But Still Very Thick Eyebrows. Things came to a head in 1995, when the two groups released singles on the same day, with Blur's "Country House" outselling "Roll With It". Before and after the showdown, the two groups traded nasty comments (Noel Gallagher wishing that Damon Albarn and Alex James would "catch AIDS and die" being the nastiest jab), but according to Liam Gallagher the feud is now over.
Natalie Maines - Mother
The Dixie Chicks remain on hiatus, but folks looking to hear Natalie Maines sing some different songs are in luck. Mother has Maines teaming with Ben Harper (in a production capacity) for a collection of originals and covers, including a rework of The Jayhawks track "I'll Run Away". (May 7)
Courtney Love vs. Dave Grohl
It's hard to believe that the portrait of tranquility known as Courtney Love could be involved in some sort of dispute, but it's true. Love jousted with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic over Nirvana LLC, the limited liability corporation that oversees Nirvana related projects and issues. Lawsuits would be launched against one another and Love took shots at Grohl in the press. Tensions reignited earlier this year when Love accused Grohl of seducing her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Said daughter promptly recommended that Twitter ban her mother from posting comments.
Jay-Z vs. Nas
New York rap icons Jay-Z and Nas had beef in the aughts, with diss tracks being tossed in both directions. Hova took a dig at Nas on the track "Takeover", Nas would retaliate with "Ether" and Jay-Z replied with "Supa Ugly". During the feud, Mobb Deep and Cam'ron (neither party a stranger to doling out lyrical barbs) also got involved with venom fueled remarks being dealt all around. Things have since been squashed, with Nas signing with Jay-Z's label in 2006 and the two teaming up on multiple tracks. ShawConnect will pay handsomely for any photos of the two riding a tandem bike together.
David Lee Roth vs. Van Halen
Roth and Van Halen are currently an item again (musically), but they've had a pretty tumultuous relationship which ultimately led to Diamond Dave zoppity bopping away from the group after the 1984 tour. Van Halen even took a pun based dig at Roth in '88, naming their album OU812, a play on the name of their former frontman's solo album Eat 'Em and Smile. Fans were teased with word of a reunion in 1996, but the group wouldn't have Roth back in the fold until a 2007-2008 North American tour. No word on how tensions are between Van Halen and Gary Cherone, though.
Black Lips vs. Wavves
So when's a fight not a fight? When the Black Lips and Wavves are involved, apparently. After Wavves had a spectacularly disastrous set at the 2009 Primavera Festival, Jared Swilley of the Black Lips laid into Wavves frontman Nathan Williams. The choice quote being: "It wasn't so much of a breakdown as it was him being a baby. And that's why I don't like him. I've heard stories from others that he's like a real dick." Later that year, conflicting reports as to whether a fight did or did not happen between Williams and Swilley at a Williamsburg bar popped up. Williams says Swilley got what was coming to him, while Swilley claims Williams never touched him and that he was attacked by a group of dudes instead. If Judge Joe Brown ever does the festival circuit, maybe we can get this resolved.
Eminem vs. Mariah Carey
Eminem's been involved in feuds with all sorts of folks (Moby, Insane Clown Posse, Everlast, 2500 others), but the clash between Slim Shady and Mariah Carey is the most intriguing. According to lore, the two hooked up in some of grown-up intimate way. The Detroit rapper alluded to their "intimacy" in his lyrics, which led Carey to bring an Eminem puppet on tour to mock these claims. Assorted barbs were tossed back and forth between the two camps, with their beef reaching its silliest point in 2009 with Mariah Carey playing the role of an Eminemesque stalker in the video for her single "Obsessed".
Lily Allen vs. Cheryl Cole
Some pop stars take jabs at one another, when it comes to Lily and Cheryl, they go for roundhouse punches. Lily has mocked the Girls Aloud singer for a variety of things (namely: her husband, her assault charge and her bandmate), although Cheryl got in the crudest shot in the back-and-forth branding Lily a "chick with a dick". A friendly Twitter message from Cheryl to Lily concerning her baby bump was thought to signal the end of their row, but a quip from Lily about Girls Aloudress Sarah Harding may have stirred things up again.
King Of Pop's Death Draws More Headlines Than Pope's Passing
According to media research site LanguageMonitor.com, Michael Jackson's death and funeral in 2009 resulted in 18 per cent more stories in global and print media than the 2005 death and funeral of Pope John Paul II. The data was garnered from the top 5,000 print and electronic media sites excluding blogs. Rounding out the top five on the list were the deaths and funerals of Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa and Princess Diana, respectively. In 1996, Jackson visited Prague with reports indicating his arrival drew larger crowds than Pope John Paul II did around the same time.