One-Hit Wonder Blames 9/11 for Her Failed Music Career ... Kinda

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The '00s were a fun time for pop music that blessed us with so many anthems we proudly sang in the halls -- including from one-hit-wonders whose 15 minutes of fame have come and gone. Singer Willa Ford is making headlines for attributing the 9/11 attacks as a reason for her failed music career during a recent Billboard interview. And needless to say, folks aren't too happy about it.

  • Ford sang the 2001 summer hit "I Wanna Be Bad" that made us lose our cool and want to break the rules.

    This song was the main single off Willa's July 17 album, Willa Was Here, and made it to the number 22 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 charts.

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  • While many of us would pay $1.29 to relive the '00s, Willa's comments -- suggesting the 9/11 attacks helped end her career -- have sparked outrage.

    "A lot of people don't realize this, but my second single was released on September 11, 2001," Ford tells Billboard during a recent interview. "Everything that happened that day froze; the world stood still, as it should have. My second single didn't do well because anything that launched that day kind of got canned. I know that sounds silly, but on radio they slate things, but it really fell to the wayside."

  • Many people believe Willa tried to blame the demise of her musical career on a national tragedy.

  • Others don't feel it's a good excuse -- and shouldn't have been brought up as one -- as other artists were still able to see success.

  • In comparison, Jay-Z's album The Blueprint, which also dropped on September 11, hit the number one spot amid the tragic events.

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    Billboard also notes Bob Dylan had the highest charting title since 1979 with his album Love & Theft, which debuted the same day as Ford's second single -- and that Fabolous, who was technically new in the game at the time, also saw success.

  • Willa recently took to Twitter to address the shade that could have you changing your tune about the matter.

    Maybe this former singer-turned-interior-designer's comments were misconstrued. After all, Willa does mention that another label purchased her company, which left her in "no man's land."

  • How can you argue with that?

    Is this a case of folks being hypersensitive, or do you think it would've been better for Willa not to make excuses about her single that reference 9/11 -- considering other artists, including newbies to the game, didn't have the same fate?