The Most Exploitative Men in Music

If you thought Justin Timberlake ruining Janet Jackson’s or Britney Spears’ career was bad, just wait till you hear this! Sadly, men taking advantage of young pop stars is a repeating theme throughout pop culture history. What are some examples of relationships the most exploitative men in music have been in you ask? This week we’re covering; Phil and Ronnie Spector, Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola, Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams.

We’re joined by pop culture expert Troy McEady from Dunzo Podcast to take a closer look at the men who have exploited pop stars in their relationships. From glass coffins to security cameras to revenge music videos, it’s a wild ride! 

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This is a music commentary podcast based on pre-existing knowledge and facts cited below.

Sources for The Most Exploitative Men in Music

Phil Spector’s death spurs reaction to his problematic legacy: ‘Genius irredeemably conflicted’ (USA Today, January 2021)

Phil Spector, Legendary Record Producer And Convicted Murderer, Has Died at 81 (NPR, 2021)

The Last Word: Ronnie Spector on Childhood Hero, Sobriety, Life with Phil (Rolling Stone by David Brown, 2016)

Ronnie Spector Recalls the Time Ex-Husband Phil Spector Adopted Twins Without Asking Her (People by Brianne Tracy, 2018)

RONNIE SPECTOR INTERVIEWED: Time has come today (Elsewhere by Graham Reid, 2007)

Tommy and J.Lo sabotage Mariah’s “Glitter” (Mariah Carey Archives, 2002)

Mariah Carey Says Being Married to Tommy Mottola Was ‘Like Being a Prisoner’ (The Cut by Melinda Fakuade, 2019)

Tommy Mottola on Relationship With Mariah Carey: ‘Absolutely Wrong and Inappropriate’ (Billboard by Chris Talbott, 2013)

Mariah Carey says relationship with ‘controlling’ ex-husband was like ‘walking on a bed of nails’ (The Independent by Ellie Harrison, 2020)

Ryan Adams Dangles Success. Women Say They Paid  A Price (NY Times, Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik, 2019)  

Mandy Moore on marriage to Ryan Adams: ‘I felt like I was drowning’ (USA Today, 2019)

Mandy Moore on WTF with Marc Maron (podcast) (Episode 995, 2019)

An ode to Britney: the making of the Cry Me A River video (Dazed by Alex Denney, 2017

JUSTIN AND BRITNEY AT WAR, MAGAZINE COVER STORY DECLARES (MTV News by  Joe Dangelo, 2002)

BRITNEY TALKS SEX; TURNS OUT SHE REALLY WASN’T THAT INNOCENT (MTV News by Jennifer Vineyard, 2003)

Justin Timberlake and Barbara Walters Britney Spears Breakup interview (YouTube)

Everything Britney and Justin Said After Their Breakup (And Who Caused Their Break Up) (YouTube)

A Complete Timeline of Britney Spears and Justin Timerlake’s Infamous Relationship (Pop Sugar, by Amanda Phral, 2021)

Justin Timberlake Apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson (New York Times, February 2021)

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