Since most R&B singers wear their heart on their sleeves (yes, many are emotional), it’s not a shock that several are involved in media heavy incidents, whether it be good, bad or scary.
In 2014, several artists, ranging from new to veterans, were involved in occurrences that made them the focus of attention on social media and in reporting outlets.
Stars like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Brown shattered headlines, while newcomers like August Alsina and Mindless Behavior almost broke our hearts.
Check out these 10 incidents that shocked the R&B world in 2014.
Olivia Drops Rich Dollaz
While Rich Dollaz was scouting for new talents to add to his management company on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, he was losing long-time friend and artist that was supposed to be his cornerstone… Olivia.
Olivia and Rich appeared to be the modern day Bonnie & Clyde, battling against outsiders that attempted to derail their business agenda.
Now under the new management company, Perfectly Pitched, Olivia is gearing up for another phase of her tumultuous music career, and we hope it gets better.
Keyshia Cole Files For Divorce
Keyshia Cole caught us all off guard when she announced the separation and divorce from former NBA baller Daniel 'Boobie' Gibson. The R&B veteran never confirmed a reason for the split, but a plethora of her songs, from her latest album, Point of No Return, pointed in the direction of infidelity. In contrary, Gibson said the couple grew a part.
Cole and Gibson will continue to co-parent their son DJ.
Ciara, Future, and a Baby
All seemed to be going great in Ciara and Future-ville, until baby Future Zahir arrived!
Three months after giving birth to their baby boy, 28-year-old singer Ciara called off her engagement to her baby daddy (Nayvadius ‘Future’ Cash), with outside sources sighting cheating. The former couple got engaged last October (’13) on Ciara’s birthday, and she had the baby on May 19.
As unfortunate as this is, can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Future has other children by three different women, one of them is Brittini Mealy, who publicly told The YBF of Future’s commitment issues.
Danity Kane Breakup, Again
Some may say Danity Kane set themselves up for failure! After reuniting in 2013 without member D. Woods, the group went through a several impediments, which eventually led to their complete disbandment.
First member Aundrea Fimbres left the group to start a family, which left three members (DK3), then Dawn Richard admittedly punched member Aubrey O’Day at a studio over her secret sessions and private meetings with Shannon Bex.
Mindless Behavior Moving on Without Prodigy
Teenie boppers around the world were crushed after it was confirmed that fronting member Prodigy (pictured left) departed the successful R&B group Mindless Behavior.
We definitely didn’t see that coming after meeting the fellas several times, but the group announced that they were picking up the pieces — new member EJ (picture right), 16, will join the remaining teen heartthrobs Princeton, Ray Ray and Roc Royal.
Prodigy will definitely be missed, but we are excited to see what the new kid on the block will bring to the group.
Brandy Lied About Marriage
Brandy must have been doing some internal cleansing after coming clean to media Queen Oprah Winfrey in regards to a lie she told her years back.
Appearing on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", Brandy tells Oprah that she lied about being married to the father of her daughter, Robert Smith, because her image, following success with shows and movies like "Moesha" and "Cinderella," was threatened.
"At that time, being pregnant out of wedlock was not a trend. It was a sin," Brandy tells Oprah of that time.
Lying to Oprah may seem like a sin, but who better to come clean to?
The Chris Brown Saga
Without going into details, there has been an overabundance of shocking events that involved Chris Brown in 2014, most at the hands of his own stupidity.
We’ll just list some here:
- Feb 2014 – Chris Brown Ordered Back to Complete Rehab by L.A. Judge
- Feb 2014 – Chris Brown Sued Over Alleged Assault During Basketball Game
- Feb 2014 – Chris Brown Sued By DC Assault Victim, Plus Court Dates Set For Misdemeanor and Probation Trials
- Mar 2014 – Chris Brown to Appear in Court for Rehab Expulsion Ruling
- Mar 2014 – Judge Orders Chris Brown to Remain in Jail
- May 2014 – Chris Brown Sentenced to Another 131 Days in Jail Following Probation Violation Plea
- Chris Brown's Family Fears For His Life Over Alleged Gang Activity
- Chris Brown Calls Adrienne Bailon a "Trout" and Tamar Braxton "Ugly"
We’ll stop there… looks like Breezy could have made the top 10 by himself.
Here’s hoping he has a probable free 2015!
August Alsina Enters Coma
August Alsina had the R&B world extremely worried when he slipped into a "three day coma" after collapsing on stage during a concert at Irving Plaza in NYC for his “Testimony Live Tour.” According to medical professionals, his collapse and seizures were believed to be from exhaustion and dehydration.
We’re just glad he made it through and is back entertaining fans.
Rihanna's Dazzling CFDA See-Through Dress
Rihanna had the world at hello when she hit the CFDA red carpet in June (2014) in an Adam Selman designed silver sheer see-through dress that left little to the imagination. The only thing we could say is “Jesus!”
According to the designer, the dress took seven days to make with 20 people on deck and 230,000 crystals.
Rihanna is known for being extremely bold on and off the red carpet: From statement-making outfits to trendsetting hairstyles, this diva definitely has that fashion magic… not to mention a great body for it all.
The Elevator: Solange Attacks Jay Z While Beyonce Watched
Blame TMZ because this is one of those incidents that will be remembered for EVER!
Beyoncé’s perfect image went out the window when her sister Solange attacked her husband Jay Z on an elevator at a Met Gala after-party at the Standard Hotel in NYC as she stood watching.
In a video released by TMZ, Beyoncé’s bodyguard holds back a pissed off Solange as she punches and even kicks Jay, who maintained his calmness by only blocking the launches of attacks.
The power couple and family eventually recovered from the horrific media involvement in their private lives, but man!