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Rebels and non-conformists always pushing the boundaries — musicians never like to play by the rules.
Jarvis Cocker
"My actions were are form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. The music industry allows him to indulge his fantasies because of his wealth and power, " explained Cocker.

Jarvis Cocker's stage invasion

What exactly happened?

It was the 1996 BRIT music industry awards and the highlight of the show was a performance by the king of pop, Michael Jackson. Due to a spur-of-the-moment decision by Brit Pop icon Jarvis Cocker, Jackson's performance of 'Earthsong' would become another iconic moment in rock history.

Jackson's performance that evening has been described as "slightly over-the-top". Dressed in a Christ-like white robe surrounded by worshiping children and clergy, Jackson's stage persona could be described as eccentric at best, and delusional at worst. Cocker, allegedly on a dare, and later admitting he was probably a little too drunk for sensible decision making, decided to rush the stage with a friend in order to derail Jackson's performance.

Once on stage Cocker began joking around, lifting his shirt over his head and pointing his fully covered backside at Jackson. Drama ensued as security tried to remove him from stage and in the intervening scuffle three children were injured. The BritPop star was arrested and spent the next few hours in a police station before being released.

What was all the fuss about?

Though pop musicians are generally a secular bunch, Jackson's messianic portrayal of himself hit a sour note amongst portions of the crowd. Jarvis recently admitted his motivation for the stage invasion, saying, "it was distasteful; really s**t. But you can do that crap when you're famous. You can do anything when you're famous. That's why famous people are so dumb".

What were the consequences?

Cocker's actions were both celebrated and condemned. The tabloids incorrectly claimed Cocker pushed children offstage, while the British music press called for the popstar to be knighted for his iconoclastic actions.

In a statement soon after the incident Cocker put his actions into context, explaining, "My actions were are form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. The music industry allows him to indulge his fantasies because of his wealth and power. People go along with it even though they know it's a bit sick. I just couldn't go along with it anymore. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision brought on by boredom and frustration."

It was 11 years before Cocker was allowed to return to another BRIT awards and while the 2007 event passed without any major Jarvis-related incidents, the stage invasion still generated controversy. Ex-Blur frontman and Gorillaz's Damon Albarn recently said of the event, "I found it really disturbing when he pulled his pants down in front of Michael Jackson — that just seemed really wrong. If someone is sick, he's not open to ridicule."

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There's bling, booze and booty: It can only mean one thing… it's time for another Jennifer Lopez music video, people!

This time, JLo parties her cares away in her new clip with Fat Joe, 'Stressin', nine years after their 2005 hit 'Hold You Down'.

And yes, that's Khloe Kardashian's ex, 29-year-old rapper French Montana, drinking and hanging with JLo like they're super-chummy. Something to tell us, you two?

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Several months before going public with claims she'd been sexually assaulted by Dr. Luke, Kesha wrote a series of letters to fans revealing her "torturous" abuse.

According to Buzzfeed, the 27-year-old replied to fans on pages of a children's colouring book, while being treated in rehab for her eating disorder in January.

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Source: Twitter/Kesha Rose.

In a second letter, the singer pinpoints the 41-year-old producer once again, saying: "These music business a------ (well, Dr. Luke) had almost successfully crushed my magic."

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Only last week, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, claiming he had "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally" abused her over a ten-year period.

Days later, it was revealed that Kesha's mum had allegedly threatened via email to go public with the rape allegations, if Luke did not revoke her daughter's contract.

According to TMZ, the email stated: "We, me and Kesha and her friends… like Lady Gaga, are going to make all of this really PUBLIC, in the next few days. Luke date raped Kesha when she was 18…

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After Kesha's legal team filed their lawsuit, Dr Luke filed his own against the singer… claiming she was "lying to get out of her legally binding contract".

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If you or anyone you know is suffering from abuse, dial 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit this website.

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