Top Ten Musicians Who Went Broke

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1Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, and is regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time .

The greatest R&B musician of all time who gave us classics like "Let's Get It On" and "What's Going On", died a poor man. His wife filed for a divorce when she found that he was having an affair and had fathered two illegal children. Marvin couldn't afford paying alimony and child support thanks to extravagant spending on cars, houses and cocaine. So, it was settled that his wife would receive all money from his album sales. - winner333

2Billy Joel

Although he is one of the highest selling artists of all time, Billy Joel has filed for bankruptcy multiple times. In one of the most famous instances, he lost $30 million dollars due to his manager's misappropriation of funds. - winner333

I guess he really did have to wear a cheap pair of sneakers. - PetSounds

3MC Hammer

Mostly remembered for his classic track "Can't Touch This", MC Hammer's debut album was a huge hit. He carelessly spent his money, buying a $30 million dollar house and employing a full staff for it, which cost him half a million per month. - winner333

4Meat LoafMichael Lee Aday is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor usually known by his stage name Meat Loaf.

Meat Loaf's 1977 debut album "Bat Out of Hell" is the 5th best selling album of all time. Unfortunately, he lost his voice while creating his second album and wasn't able to continue the recording until 1981, by which time he was no longer popular. By 1983, he was $1.6 million in debt, and soon filed for bankruptcy. - winner333

5Dee Snider

Dee Snider was the front man of the glam-metal band Twisted Sister, mostly known for their hard rock anthem "I Wanna Rock". Though he is loved by the metal community for his flamboyant and fun persona, his music career tanked after Twisted Sister broke up and he is now bankrupt. - winner333

6Mick Fleetwood

Mick is the drummer of Fleetwood Mac, the band that created the 8th best selling album of all time - Rumors. As soon as Mick earned a fortune from the album, he spent millions on real estate and also thousands on cocaine per month. Crushed by debt, he filed for personal bankruptcy. - winner333

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7Lauryn Hill

In 1998, Lauryn Hill created one of the greatest and most critically acclaimed rap albums ever with "The Mis-education of Lauryn Hill", which earned her five Grammy awards too. However, several years later she was charged with tax evasion and got into a humongous amount of debt, forcing her into bankruptcy. - winner333

8Vanilla IceRobert Matthew Van Winkle, known by his stage name, Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, actor and television host.

His song "Ice Ice Baby" was the first rap song to reach number one on Billboard charts. However, his popularity faded as soon as it had come. By the mid-90s, he was bankrupt and failed to produce any commercially successful music. - winner333

9David CrosbyDavid Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: the Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and CPR.
10George Clinton
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