Milli Vanilli — one of the biggest scams in the history of the music industry
Today, we would like to share a story some of you might have already heard of — the story of Milli Vanilli — one of the biggest scams in the history of the music industry in the 20th century.
Milli Vanilli was one of the bands to top the charts in the 1980s. Tracks like “Girl You Know It’s True” and “Blame It On The Rain” quickly became worldwide hits. After a brief but great spark of popularity, it turns out to be apparent that the adorable boys, Fabrice Morvan “Fab” and Robert Pilatus “Rob”, were not singing their own songs. Their career quickly ended and they became a laughing stock.
It all started just like a dream. The band’s debut album sold over 30 million copies. From the beginning, however, the whole project was one big mystification. The band members were just dancers and the vocals for the album were recorded by session musicians. A nail in the band’s coffin was a concert for MTV in 1990. During the event, the tape with vocals got jammed … and that was the beginning of the end of the band’s great career. Soon after, Frank Farian, the group’s manager and a person behind the whole project, officially announced that the vocalists known in public, were not the ones actually singing any of the songs.
The story of Milli Vanilli shows how artificial the candy music industry can be, while also demonstrating how failure and humiliation can destroy a person. 8 years after the infamous MTV concert one of the vocalists died — most likely as a consequence of drugs overdose.
Nevertheless, Fab and Rob should not be necessarily the ones to blame the most. They were merely pawns in the hands of unscrupulous music industry executives. The management didn’t hesitate to push the public into an illusion cloaked in reality just to sell more and more records and increase profits.
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