6 Stars Who Distracted Us From Their Music in 2013

(Getty Images)Contrary to the old adage, there is such a thing as bad publicity — at least when you're an artist who hopes to be respected on the merit of your work. These stars should have kept that in mind in 2013.

6. Miley Cyrus
No one had more press in 2013 than Miley Cyrus, who expertly tuned her tongue and tush into an International Event with her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. But publicity stunts don't necessarily a long and fruitful career make: Most of the discussions about Cyrus this year were less about her music and more about her controversial image. Even when she released her album Bangerz in October, most outlets were more interested in analyzing which songs had been inspired by her very public relationship with Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth. Thankfully, Bangerz is strong enough that Cyrus doesn't seem in immediate danger of being swallowed by her own hype.

5. Azealia Banks
New York-bred rapper Azealia Banks has yet to release her debut album Broke With Expensive Taste, despite having released its lead single seven months ago. Though she was once considered one of the hottest up-and-comers in the rap game, Banks' ascent to the top of the charts has been hindered by the fact that she's most famous for picking fights on the Internet. In 2013, she warred with Angel Haze, Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora, Lily Allen, Disclosure, Perez Hilton, Marina Diamandis, A$AP Rocky, and Lady Gaga. What was the name of her single again?

4. LeAnn Rimes
If record sales are any indication, chances are you didn't know that LeAnn Rimes released a new album in 2013 (Spitfire peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200). But you probably did know that she's been engaged in a bizarrely public feud with her husband Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife, Brandi Glanville. Though Rimes remains a tabloid fixture, people are currently more familiar with her relationship problems than they are with her songs. 

3. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber fell from grace over and over again in 2013. It started off fairly innocent, with pictures of him smoking weed with his friends (like it or not, this is not terribly shocking behavior for a 19-year-old). But then there was constant speeding, an abandoned pet monkey, allegations of spitting in a neighbor's face, a urination video, and a visit to a famed Brazilian brothel. So if people haven't given the kid enough credit for all the R&B tunes he's been releasing through his #MusicMonday promotion (including a pretty decent collaboration with Chance the Rapper), it's just because they're pretty distracted.

2. Chris Brown
It's pretty obvious that Chris Brown's behavior is messing with his career: Just last month, he was forced to push back the release of his album X to go to rehab. Rehab that he was forced into because of his predilection for punching people. 

1. Kanye West
Kanye West is at a bizarre point in his career: He just released one of the most critically lauded albums in recent memory, but he's facing a backlash arguably bigger than the one that followed his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. The reason, of course, is his mouth. West is apparently incapable of trying to seem like a normal person in interviews, and thinks so very highly of himself that people actually figured a satirical article in which he claimed to be more important than the late Nelson Mandela was real. That's when you might want to think about reining it in.

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