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The 11 Biggest Musical Disasters of 2010

The Who at the Super Bowl, Michael Jackson’s ‘Hold My Hand’ video and the rest of the major missteps

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Courtney Love went on tour using the old band name — without her old bandmates, and she obviously could have used their help. Her voice was shot, the comeback album Nobody’s Daughter was a flop, and the only half-decent new song was a straight-up rip of the Verve’s “On Your Own.”  The real musical brains of the operation must have been Melissa auf der Maur. 

By Rolling Stone 

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Santana and Gavin Rossdale doing “Bang a Gong” at the American Music Awards

With so many great Santana songs to choose from — and so many great Bush songs — it’s a mystery whey they chose a live TV broadcast to stumble through a glam-rock oldie that Rossdale couldn’t sing, and that the Power Station did better 25 years ago. Rossdale’s decision to tie up his hair into a doofy croissant wasn’t doing him any favors, and oh, that unfortunate wallet chain.

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Michael Jackson and Akon’s “Hold My Hand” Video

It’s bad enough they had to reheat some substandard Michael Jackson leftovers, give them a studio polish and present them as a posthumous new album — but then they had to go and make this creepy video full of inane fan footage and messianic MJ iconography, reducing him to the Wacko Jacko stereotype of his final years.

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Justin Bieber’s “Pray”

Just what you needed: Bieber decides to offer a little wisdom about how to solve the world’s problems, and it’s the same solution MC Hammer offered 20 years ago. (And look how well it worked out for him.) People praying got us into this mess, Biebz. And the live AMAs performance looked exactly like Russell Brand’s “African Child” video in Get Him To The Greek — except that was supposed to be funny. Say it loud, Bieber: “I’m a white African Jesus from space!”

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Fall Out Boy Breaking Up

It was the end of an era, mourned by Hot Topic emo kids who were already wearing black anyway. Pete Wentz wrote on Twitter, “A hiatus is forever until you get lonely or old. I don’t plan on either.” Their decision to break up was only slightly less tragic than Panic at the Disco’s decision not to break up.

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Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time (The Dirty Bit)”

Is the world running out of cheesy Eighties songs for Will.I.Am to sample? Making Fergie sing “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” is pretty close to the bottom of the barrel. Nobody puts Fergie in a corner!

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Diddy – Dirty Money’s “Last Train to Paris”

Diddy obviously decided he wanted to make his own version of the Kanye record. But when he complains about how he hates hearing “Tears of a Clown” because he thinks it’s about him, he reminds the world that not every hip-hop mogul should feel compelled to express his personal side.

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