The industry is thriving in a hostile environment, but it's no place to make music.
Music has always embraced juicy feuds for fans to gawk and argue over, but it seems 2015 supplied more than its fair share, and we're kind of blaming Taylor Swift for all of it. Correction: we're blaming Taylor Swift entirely for causing all feuds this year and any future ones to come - thus creating a separate feud... within a feud.
BreatheHeavy put together a list of the most abrasive conflicts in music right now, and we'd love for you to vote who YOU think should take each category. The celebrity winner can text their friends bragging and Tweet something taunting towards the loser. It's only fair.
Britney Spears vs. Iggy Azalea
As much as Britney and co. want you to believe everything's perfectly perfect between the two "Pretty Girls" collaborators, we've learned well enough where there's smoke there's fire. After Iggy Azalea's Twitter rant earlier this month regarding the floppage of “Pretty Girls” due to Britney’s lack of desire to promote the potential summer smash, she experienced a major backlash from the Britney Army and the media.
To be expected.
She feels everyone’s making something from nothing, but it’s Britney’s casual response throwing major shade at the Australian rapper that confirmed we’re not inventing the drama, just enjoying it. Brit doesn’t expressly mention Azalea’s name when she says she looks forward to performing throughout the rest of the year at her multi-million dollar residency, but we can infer it’s aimed at Iggy who recently announced the cancellation of her arena tour.
Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to... #YouWantAPieceOfMe
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) June 29, 2015
Iggy blasted a ton more Tweets afterwards, but the Queen had spoken. Today (July 31), Iggy threw major shade in an interview to MTV and many believe its directed at Britney when she said: "I hate seeing my idols from my teens turn into washed up pop stars," she said. "I definitely don’t want to ever be that."
Taylor Swift vs. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj blasted out several Tweets aimed at MTV for their apparent “Anaconda” snub in the Video of the Year category earlier this month, inferring race as a possible reason why she wasn’t nominated, saying: "If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. When the 'other' girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year."
Taylor Swift caught wind of Nicki’s message and (rightfully?) assumed it was about her and fought back, sending a stern message to Minaj before adding the “Hey Mama” rapper “could” join her on stage if she won VOTY. How gracious.
@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
Swift eventually apologized because her role as America's sweetheart pressured her to, but we gotta admit Nicki's initial Tweets did appear a bit suspect.
Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry
For Katy Perry, this was the perfect opening to take a jab at Swift, who broke records with her "Bad Blood" song and music video that's based off a major miscommunication between the two pop divas. Perry's been awfully quiet since Swift's Rolling Stone interview where she alludes the "Roar" singer "basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour" by hiring a bunch of people out from under her. While the Swift vs Minaj battle was in full swing, Perry threw in her two cents:
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
Taylor Swift's kickstarter booty and Diplo didn't make the cut, but we do appreciate Lorde's defense against Diplo calling him out for having a tiny penis.
Nicki Minaj vs. Azealia Banks
The aftermath from VMA-gate continues trickling in, this time from the boisterous, trigger-happy Azealia Banks. On Friday (July 31), Banks credited herself for being the first person to initiate conversations about cultural appropriation and fairness in the music industry before calling Nicki Minaj a pussy for standing down to "white audiences" after facing heat.
Minaj most likely won't respond to Banks' name calling, but we hope she does.
Drake vs. Meek Mill
While defending girlfriend Nicki Minaj in a Twitter rant (where else?), Meek Mill aimed his frustrations at Drake claiming he doesn't write his own raps. This provided music lovers a plethora of delicious drama and several diss tracks along the way. Drake threw two raps Mill's way, "Charged Up" and "Back To Back," which lead to a response from Mill titled "Wanna Know" which he premiered Thursday night. We imagine another rebuttal rap is currently in the works on both ends, and we're here for it.
Cash Money vs. Lil Wayne
Certainly not the juiciest drama of the bunch, but definitely the messiest and most expensive. Lil Wayne expressed immense distaste towards Birdman and Cash Money Records when they refused to release his Tha Carter V record. This lead to a $51 million lawsuit from Weezy against Cash Money after he claims they owed him millions. In a bid to remove himself from Cash Money, Wayne put forth the Free Weezy Album exclusively on TIDAL several weeks ago and which resulted in a $50 million lawsuit of their own from Cash Money. "Shit fucked my day up," Birdman said this week of Wayne's public harsh words against him. "He mean the world to me. For that man to say something negative about me, that affected my life.”
Ugh, Lady Gaga would be so disappointed in us for making this post.