Recently we asked the BuzzFeed Community for the wildest, craziest and most shocking facts they knew about musicians. Here are the juicy results.
1.Freddie Mercury’s famous overbite was the result of him having four extra teeth in his upper jaw.
The extra teeth in Freddie’s mouth pushed his front ones forward, giving him his signature overbite. But he never got them removed because he feared the surgery would affect his voice and vocal range.
2.And he helped Princess Diana sneak into a bar by disguising her in an army jacket, a cap and sunglasses.
After spending an afternoon watching re-runs of The Golden Girls and drinking champagne, Diana supposedly insisted on accompanying Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett to a bar in London. They obviously had to disguise her, so they ended up putting her in an army jacket, cap and sunglasses, which worked a treat.
3.Dolly Parton once entered a drag queen celebrity impersonator contest AS HERSELF and lost.
Long story short, Dolly Parton decided to enter a drag queen lookalike competition without telling anyone her ~real identity~. She exaggerated her features (think bigger than usual hair, an exaggerated beauty mark and bold-ass makeup) but ended up getting the least applause from the crowd.
4.Mariah Carey’s ex-husband, Tommy Mottola, supposedly swiped an audio sample she was planning to use for her next album. The sample then popped up in a Jennifer Lopez song which came out first.
While recording for Glitter, Mariah worked with Ja Rule on a song that sampled Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Firecracker”. Now according to Irv Gotti, who was a record exec working for Mottola, he was then asked to replicate the sample for a remix of Jennifer Lopez’s “I’m Real”. The remix was released first, which resulted in Maria being forced to switch samples at the last minute. WILD!!!
5.Before joining Queen, Brian May studied astrophysics. He later completed his doctoral thesis and earned his PhD.
May finally handed in his finished thesis in 2007. It was 48,000 words long and focused on radial velocities in zodiacal dust clouds. You can even read it online, if you’re interested.
6.Panic! At The Disco started out as a Blink-182 cover band.
Before they struck gold with their debut album, Panic! were covering the emo-tastic vocals of Blink-182.
7.Alice Cooper is an avid golfer and credits the sport to “saving him from his demons”.
Today, Cooper tries to play at least 36 holes a day and has released a book called Golf Monster: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict.
8.The first song John Deacon wrote for Queen was about premature ejaculation.
Deacon was always regarded as the quietest and shyest member of queen. But as it turns out, “Misfire”, which was the first song he wrote for Queen, was about premature ejaculation.
9.And Roger Taylor actually locked himself in a cupboard until the rest of Queen agreed to have his song on the B-side of A Night at the Opera.
Taylor was extremely fond of “I’m In Love With My Car” and it remains the only song in Queen’s history to be written entirely by him.
10.Nicole Scherzinger sang 95% of the vocals while she was in The Pussycat Dolls.
11.Bastille’s bassist, Will Farquarson, is a qualified pilot.
Yep, Farquarson earned his flying stripes in March 2018.
12.David Bowie’s eyes weren’t actually two different colours.
After getting into a fight as a kid, Bowie developed anisocoria, which caused his left pupil to become permanently dilated. So while both of his eyes were blue in colour, the left one always appeared darker because of the blackness of the dilated pupil.
13.And his diet during the mid-1970s consisted of only red peppers, milk and cocaine.
14.Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury supposedly had a falling out because Michael brought his pet llama to the recording studio.
According to Jim “Miami” Beach, who was Queen’s manager, Freddie gave him a call during the recording sessions and said: “Miami, dear, can you get over here? You’ve got to get me out of here; I’m recording with a llama.”
15.None of the Beatles could read or write sheet music.
Paul McCartney admitted this during an interview and said that he doesn’t see music as “dots on page” but rather “something in my head that goes on”.
16.And the whole band watched George Harrison lose his virginity and cheered when he finished.
This sounds weird but basically they all shared a room while touring in Hamburg, Germany. When George Harrison brought a girl back, he did the dirty underneath the covers while the rest of them were in bunkbeds in the room.
17.Ringo Starr was the original narrator for the UK version of Thomas the Tank Engine.
And in bonus Thomas the Tank Engine trivia, both Alec Baldwin and Pierce Brosman have also narrated the nostalgic cartoon.
18.Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez used to make YouTube videos together.
And a loooooot of them are still on Demi Lovato’s YouTube channel!
19.Prince was actually an excellent basketball player.
According to a basketball coach, Prince was clever, quick on his feet and played like a natural leader while on the court. The only thing that let him down was his height.
20.The band name for “Twenty One Pilots” was inspired by a play.
The play was about someone making a decision to send out faulty airplane parts that resulted in the deaths of 21 pilots. While it sounds pretty bleak, it was chosen by Tyler Joseph as a reminder to make good decisions, even if they aren’t the easiest.
21.And lastly, Harry Styles has four nipples.
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