Somebody’s Singing A New Tune: Entertainers Whose Music Changed When They Got A New Boo

September 11, 2013  |  
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When two musicians get together, sometimes the music changes — for better or for worse. Check out our list of our favorite musicians who changed their music along with their relationship status.


When J. Lo left Diddy after she had enough of his street life, his music was never the same. He released “I Need A Girl” parts One and Two and then didn’t release another track for four years. In 2006 he came back with “Press Play” but all the “street” went right out of his music.


Most of Rihanna’s career revolves around Chris Brown. She released “Rehab,” “Cold Case Love” and a bunch more songs with lyrics that we’re sure are about Chris. They all say she’s done with him but we have a feeling she’ll be back again. Oh don’t forget “Birthday Cake.”

Chris Brown

Chris Brown owes Rihanna a royalty check or two too. “Can’t Say No”, “I Can’t Win”, “Deuces”, “Somebody Else”…need we go on? Half of his career has been about their terrible relationship.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats are a match made in music heaven. Together, they cranked out the “The Element of Freedom” in under 5 months and it climbed to #2 on the Billboard 200 Chart and sold 417,000 copies in the first week. But has anyone else noticed how A. Keys dropped her neo-soul inspired sound for a more edgier pitch since getting with her producer husband?


Sorry, it’s Mrs. Carter now.. Bey got married and told those haters they better bow down and recognize the throne. She started calling women b****es, wearing golds, and even actually admitting to being in a relationship.

Jay Z

Remember when Jay Z was talking about he would never give his heart to a woman? Now this man is dropping Beyonce’s name on nearly every song on his albums.


Remember Common’s controversial “Electric Circus” period? That was all Erykah’s influence. Not everyone can handle the Baduizm.

Andre 3000

On the other hand, we loved what Erykah Badu’s special brand of funk did for Andre 3000. The goat pants were a little crazy but Andre took a page from Eryka’s unique book and took his music to a whole other level. And who doesn’t love “Ms. Jackson,” Andre’s apology to Erykah’s mother.

K. Michelle

We all know about K. Michelle’s tumultuous affair with MeMpHiTz Wright. Sometimes you have to go all the way to the bottom to get to the top. K. Michelle may be a hot mess but she has managed to turn all the drama into something positive and “Rebellious Soul” is topping the charts.

Mary J Blige

I hate to say it, but depressed Mary J was so much better than happy married Mary J. We’re glad she found love with Kendu Isaacs, but “Love & Life” can’t hold a candle to “Share My World”.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has basically based her career on making music about the men she dates. She catches a lot of shade but we think it’s a great marketing tool. Every time she meets another man, we start anticipating her next single before the relationship is even over.

Alanis Morisette

We owe most of the beautiful angst in “Jagged Little Pill” to comedian Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey on Full House) dumping Alanis Morisette. And after the album was over, Alanis never really topped the charts in the same way again.

Gwen Stefani

No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” was all about the end of Gwen Stefani’s seven-year relationship with bassist Tony Kanal. When they ended it, everyone thought No Doubt would break up. They didn’t, but the music was never the same. After two so-so albums, Gwen went solo and met Gavin Rossdale.

Travie McCoy

Remember Gym Class Heroes? Front man Travie McCoy (Tyga’s cousin btw) used to date Katie Perry. When they broke up, Travie spiraled down so low he wrote “Don’t Pretend” and started doing drugs. He tried a solo career, but the songs he wrote were so depressing, he had to scrap them all. The new “party anthems” on the 2010 album Lazarus are catchy but they’re all about grief. It may have been too soon for Travie to try a comeback.

Marshall Mathers

Eminem was always raunchy. But when he and Kim broke up, he released the Marshall Mathers LP, and shocked the world with just how dark he can get. He even went so far as to murder her in one of his songs. We’ve included the song above, but beware, it’s super not safe for work. After Marshall got his anger out, his career slowly started to drop off. We’re almost afraid to see what Marshall will write after his next breakup.

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