The music industry has long been described as a volatile, sometimes evil, environment where talent is often exploited by greedy music execs. Conspiracy theorists take it a step further, believing the industry is controlled by elite groups that use pop stars to spread their satanic agenda to the masses.
After former Disney star Miley Cyrus appeared nude in the 2013 video for "Wrecking Ball," Sinead O' Conner penned an open letter urging her not to let herself be "pimped" and "prostituted" by the music industry and encouraging her to protect herself. Though the letter was mocked by Cyrus, her provocative new image is a prime example of how artists are exploited to generate sales and challenge traditional social values.
Which music stars are accused of being satan worshiping industry puppets?
10 Nick Jonas
9 Lady Gaga
Known for her blatantly sacrilegious songs, videos and live performances, Lady Gaga has come under fire for her dark antics. The pop star was accused of performing a satanic ritual at the London's Intercontinental Hotel, after leaving behind a bathtub full of blood. Gaga even casually referenced Lucifer during her appearance on 'The Jimmy Kimmel Show'. She also received public backlash after a SXSW show where she hired a performance artist to vomit on her while singing. Critics called the performance “sick” and “disturbing”. Gaga regularly incorporates blood, fire and nudity into her live performances. Her satanic image has caused show cancellations in conservative countries where religious leaders exert power.
8 Ozzy Osbourne
Nicknamed “The Prince of Darkness” rock legend Ozzy Osbourne has been dubbed a satanist since his debut with Black Sabbath. Widely referred to as “dark” and “demonic,” many of Black Sabbath’s biggest hits refer to Lucifer and Satan. The heavy metal singer infamously bit off the head of a dove during a live performance in 1981, and reportedly bit off the head of a bat the following year. Animal activists protested his concerts after learning fans would toss live animals to the stage to be killed. The bass player for Black Sabbath, Geezer, openly admitted to practicing Black Magic. The band's drummer, Bill Ward, told Circus magazine “…sometimes I feel Satan is God.” Ozzy admitted to dabbling in the occult at one time and stated in an interview with the Hit Parader that he once felt possessed by the devil.
7 Marilyn Manson
6 Trent Reznor
Dubbed the “evil one” by Spin magazine, Trent Reznor is a rumored member of the Church of Satan. The NIN video for “Closer” received notoriety for its sacrilegious imagery, including a monkey hanging on a cross, and its demonic song lyrics. The video was produced by Mark Romanek, who is known for producing pop videos with demonic imagery. Reznor discovered, signed and co-produced Marilyn Manson. He admitted that fans approach him after shows requesting to participate in devil worship and magic with him. Reznor told Thrasher magazine, "I didn't want to come across as an industrial, snarling, satan-singing entity," referring to the band’s first album. Though Reznor reportedly did not mind being associated with satanism after NIN's third album release featuring “Closer”. Reznor even rented the house where actress Sharon Tate (a rumored ex-follower of Anton LaVey) was murdered by members of The Manson family, to record the NIN album and produce Marilyn Manson’s debut album. As the last resident before the home was demolished, he took the front door as a souvenir and installed it at his funeral-home-turned-recording studio.
5 Nicki Minaj
Even Mariah Carey has referred to her former American Idol co-star, Nicki Minaj, as “Satan”. The pop idol’s photo shoots, videos and live performances contain Satanic imagery. Minaj has happily adopted an alter ego named "Roman Zolanski" in homage to infamous movie producer Roman Polanski and husband of murdered actress Sharon Tate. In the documentary 'My Time Now', Minaj describes "Roman" as a violent male alter-ego that was “conjured up” and will not go away. Minaj was accused of performing a satanic ritual during her 2012 Grammy performance of “Roman Holiday,” which featured fire, levitation, a choir, a priest and sex slaves during her mock exorcism. In the wake of Whitney Houston’s death, the performance was quickly dubbed one of the most satanic performances ever televised. The president of the Catholic League released a statement calling The Recording Academy "irresponsible" for allowing the offensive performance.
3 Jay Z
Rapper Jay Z has denied rumors that he is a part of the Illuminati for years. The Illuminati is a title given to a secret elite group that many believe rule the world and practice satanic worship. This group is rumored to use the entertainment industry to promote their agenda. A reported Prince Hall Freemason and open Aleister Crowley supporter, Jay Z has addressed the speculation in the media. However, his satanic lyrics, demonic imagery in videos like ‘On to the Next One’ and occult symbols on his clothing and jewelry have continued to feed public suspicion. In his single ‘Empire State of Mind,’ Jay Z raps: “... Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends." Jay Z claims to believe in God, but not religion.
Often said to be “serving Satan” pop star Rihanna has been labeled the “Princess of the Illuminati”. Rhianna’s was signed to Def Jam by Jay Z when she was 16 years old and speculated to be under his influence. Her dark image, complete with public nudity, gun tattoo, oversexualized performances and videos steeped in occult imagery, have kept her on the radar of religious groups. The lyrics for her hit ‘Disturbia’ describe demon possession. After her song “Russian Roulette’ was released, glamorizing suicide, fellow recording artists publicly blasted Rihanna for succumbing to industry pressure to worship the devil. Like her mentor, Jay Z, Rihanna has publicly denied being part of the Illuminati.
Blamed for ushering in a new age of sexual depravity, Madonna has been labeled a devil-worshipper and "servant of the devil". The pop icon's live shows and videos contain occult symbols and she is often part of controversial performances with younger new generation pop stars. She famously kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera onstage during the 2003 MTV Music Awards in what was later described as a satanic initiation ritual. From her early video ‘Like A Prayer’ to the 2014 Grammy's, her performances are laden with demonic overtones, mocking religion. Madonna’s paganistic 2012 Superbowl performance continued to cause controversy, including a Baphomet costume and duet with Nicki Minaj. Madonna has openly claimed to practice Kabbalah, previously repping the Kabbalah Centre International, which many believe is a Hollywood cult. Madonna told Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she is a "big believer in ritualistic behaviour" but ‘not a big fan of rules’.