Milli Vanilli is a famous pop duo that took the music world completely by storm in 1989. Their debut album went multi-platinum and featured such amazing hits as “Girl You Know it’s True” and “Blame it on the Rain”. They even won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, beating five other singers who didn’t have such dreamy hair. It seemed like there was nowhere for the dynamic team to go but up.
And then, during a live concert on MTV, the record skipped.
It turned out that Milli Vanilli weren’t actually singing their songs – that was Charles Shaw and Brad Howell. Those two didn’t have a marketable image, however. They lacked fake dreadlocks, and enormous pectorals, and the ability to shake their posterior in a thoroughly provocative fashion. Frank Farian (the music producer) therefore decided to go with Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan, who couldn’t sing on key to save their lives but did make the ladies swoon.
The house of cards quickly came crashing down. People realized that Milli Vanilli had been lip-syncing the whole time, prompting record sales to plummet. They lost their Grammy Award, they were dropped by Arista Records, and ten million buyers were granted a full refund on their albums. They were also ordered to stop appearing shirtless in public, because it was fairly ridiculous.
Milli Vanilli did attempt a comeback a few years later. They changed their name to ‘Rob & Fab’ and released three singles, but to no avail. For some odd, completely inexplicable reason, no one wanted to buy their music anymore.