The Top 5 Most Hated Music Artists

There are some musicians we all love to hate. If you haven't heard of Rebecca Black by now... well, aside from being a very lucky individual, you're also in the minority (look up her hit song 'Friday' on Youtube if you're feeling brave).

While most music artists take years to reach such mass levels of public scorn, the much-maligned star has garnered nearly 2.5 million YouTube dislikes on her official music video despite the fact that she was unheard of a couple of months ago.

But let's give the poor 13-year-old a rest (for now). Here at, we pay tribute to those who have seen their public hatred blossom over a greater length of time and explore the reasons behind the negativity as well as their future prospects. In addition, we've illustrated data from Google to chart the scale of their popularity (and to make the whole thing look a bit more scientific).

1. Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Why is he hated?

  • The Rihanna assault episode. As much as Brown wants to forget it and move on, his attack on the superstar singer in February 2009 will always be there to haunt him.
  • On a pre-taped interview with Larry King, the singer stated he could not remember what had happened between him and Rihanna.
  • His punishment of 5 years probation, 1 year of counselling and 6 months community service appeared to many as being too light.
  • He showed his aggressive side again in March 2011, throwing objects and arguing during the break of a Good Morning America show.

Future Prospects?

Brown's prospects are surprisingly good. The music business is very forgiving and he is constantly trying to win over the mass of Michael Jackson fans with frequent musical tributes to the late King of Pop. There have been a surprising number of celebrities who have come out in support of Brown, stating that he should be forgiven for his violent outburst against Rihanna. His 2011 album F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies or Fans Are My Everything) was his first number 1 album on the US Billboard 200 chart, perhaps showing that music fans are not too interested in Chris Brown's personal misdeeds.

See Chris Brown Live in Concert

Catch Chris Brown in Dallas, Chris in L.A., Chris in Atlanta, in Toronto and other cities on his new tour.

2. Kanye West

Kanye West

Why is he hated?

  • West appears to have a chip on his shoulder, especially regarding race. He provoked controversy at a Hurricane Katrina relief concert in 2005 and suggested race issues prevented him winning any awards at the VMAs in 2007.
  • Appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 2006 portrayed as Jesus Christ.
  • Gate-crashed an award for best video at the 2006 MTV Europe Awards and complained vociferously about not winning the award himself.
  • Gate-crashed another award, this time at the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards to complain that Beyonce deserved the award instead of a shocked looking Taylor Swift.

Future Prospects?

The future prospects for Kanye West are reasonably positive, regardless of his frequent moments of hubris. Fans expect their singing idols, especially rappers, to be controversial and not afraid of speaking their minds. West has sold over 15 million albums worldwide, although each album he releases has not been quite as successful as the previous effort, with his debut album The College Dropout (2004) still being his best seller. As recently as December 2010 he was voted as MTV Man of the Year by MTV and he is now working with the incredibly successful Jay-Z, so things are looking bright for Mr. West.

See Kanye Live in Concert

Kanye West is touring this year. You'll be able to see them all across North America. Here is a partial list: BostonDenverMiamiSalt Lake CitySeattle,  Houston and TorontoChicagoMinneapolisOakland and San Jose as well.

3. Kesha


Why is she hated?

  • Insists on promoting her stage name as Ke$ha and then comments that the $ sign in the middle is supposed to be ironic.
  • Her spoken word rapping style seems to be unrefined and poor considering her current level of fame.
  • She provided backing vocals for Paris Hilton's indulgent song Nothing in This World.
  • Writes songs with poorly developed and unsubtle lyrics and with titles such as Tik Tok, Blah Blah Blah and We R Who We R.
  • Has labelled her image with the unflattering term "garbage-chic".
  • Her videos see her perpetuating a party girl myth.

Future Prospects?

Kesha is embarking on her first headlining tour in 2011, a confident move for a much maligned artist who is still just 24 years old. She clearly believes her future prospects are excellent otherwise she would not risk empty seats at her concerts and the inevitable critical scorn. Her singles chart well around the world, but there are some concerns that her voice is heavily over-produced on her records, especially with the use of Auto-Tune. Still, with female artists like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nicole Scherzinger and Lady Gaga enjoying huge worldwide successes, Kesha could not have come along at a better time.

4. Jonas Brothers

Jonas Brothers

Why is he hated?

  • Their brand of music has a limited appeal and comes across as stilted and sugary.
  • They live a purer than pure lifestyle which irks many people. Their strict religious backgrounds and beliefs often spill out into their work and public appearances. Wearing abstinence rings makes them a frequent target for ridicule from some commentators, such as comedian Russell Brand.
  • They frequently collaborate with other "bubblegum pop" stars such as Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
  • People suffer from Jonas Brothers exposure overdose, when the brothers are also appearing in films, TV shows and even political debates.

Future Prospects?

Future prospects for Joe, Kevin and Nick continuing as a band are not particularly good, especially as their albums have had diminishing returns as the band has aged. They all have their own side projects and bands like the Jonas Brothers tend to have a limited shelf life before people move on to the next pop craze. However, personal prospects for each individual brother are excellent. They are already filthy rich, making $12 million just for being the opening act for Miley Cyrus. With the healthy bank accounts they have, they can indulge in any kind of personal project they desire. Here are some of the top cities the Jonas Brothers will be visiting on their latest tour:

5. Just Bieber

Justin Bieber

Why is he hated?

  • Bieber comes from a middle class Canadian background but has been groomed to sound like a streetwise LA rapper.
  • His music and appearance incite fanaticism in his followers, with young girls issuing death threats to anyone who appears to be close to the pop singer.
  • Justin Bieber's popularity creates havoc wherever he goes, causing crowd trouble and potentially incendiary situations.
  • His old trademark mop-top haircut cost $750 a time, with a fresh cut being made every couple of weeks. Over a period of a year that could amount to $18,000 just for haircuts.
  • He was one of the celebrities who voiced support for Chris Brown.

Future Prospects?

Simply astronomical. Nothing is going to stop this youth's fame juggernaut except excessive substance abuse, which considering his strong Christian background, is highly unlikely. There will be someone else who steals the zeitgeist limelight in the near future, but Bieber's fans will grow up with him and keep supporting him. His album My World 2.0 sold over a million copies within 2 months and his movie Never Say Never grossed over $86 million on a $13 million budget. His song Baby has amassed over 500 million views on YouTube. Justin Bieber will be around for a long time to come.


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