The Butt-Naked Truth About 'Window Seat' and 5 Other Music Publicity Stunts That Have Worked

Erykah Badu Windo SeatSix months probation and a $500 fine seem a pretty small price to pay for all the publicity Erykah Badu has received since performing a striptease while filming the video for her song "Window Seat."

This past April in Dallas Badu started shedding her clothing at the site where President John F. Kennedy was shot. Children and tourists were present for her performance, cops were called, and she was cited for disorderly conduct. The sentence was just handed down this week.

At the time she defended her actions:

"J.F.K. is one of my heroes, one of the nation's heroes ... Kennedy was a revolutionary; he was not afraid to butt heads with America, and I was not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth," Badu told Wanda Sykes.

Using stunts or shocking tactics to draw attention to one's craft without upping the PR budget isn't a new move, especially in the music biz. Here are five other musicians who have pulled in publicity for more than the quality of their music.


1. Alejandro, Lady Gaga: Let's see, S&M, blood, death, eating a rosary. I'm not sure you could try harder to shock people ... and she did.

2. Adam Lambert at the 2009 American Music Awards: Remember how he was grinding people's faces into his crotch area, flipping the bird, and making out with members of the band? He certainly got more than a few headlines for it:

3. Miley Cyrus: Though not intentional (or so we think), Miss Cyrus got plenty of publicity from a lack of clothing as well when Perez Hilton showed her privates to the public.

4. Chris Brown: Whether he was or wasn't trashing Rihanna in his single "Deuces," even hinting that he might be made people want to check it out.

5. Kanye West: The rapper is still riding on the tide of his outburst at the VMAs last year. He's even been asked back to perform again this year.

Does it annoy you when performers use shock tactics to draw attention to their music?

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