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Best Episodes of Behind the Music

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Behind the Music follows the careers of famous rockers, chart-toppers, and singer-songwriters. The best episodes of Behind the Music often find bands dealing with tragedy before finding success. Some good episodes of Behind the Music also focus on the personal lives of the musicians some of which get involved in scandalous affairs.

What are the best episodes of Behind the Music? Metallica's edition is a fan favorite. It finds the iconic metal group coping with the death of a bandmate and follows them through their rise on rock radio. Red Hot Chili Peppers also is an engaging episode of Behind the Music.

Aaliyah is the subject of another good episode from Behind the Music as is Shania Twain who overcame adversity to become one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Do you have a favorite Behind the Music episode? Give the best episodes a vote up and vote down any episodes you may not have liked.

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    Lil' Wayne

    Lil' Wayne
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    By the time he was 11 years old, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., aka Lil Wayne, had lost his virginity, dealt drugs, snorted cocaine and nearly shot himself to death after accidentally pulling the trigger on a gun he found in his mother's bedroom. That was life in the dangerous, poverty stricken neighborhood on New Orleans 17th ward, where Lil Wayne grew up. A musical prodigy, hip hop was Wayne's ticket to a better life. As a nine year old, he began recording rhymes with his surrogate family and mentors, Baby and Slim Williams, who owned the fledging label, Cash Money Records. Together, they shared in Wayne's success, first as a teenage sensation with the Hot Boys, then as a solo artist. But... more on Wikipedia
    • Original Airing: Sep 10 2009
    • Season: Behind The Music - Season 11
    • Episode Number: 1
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    Pink

    Pink
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    Scarred by her parents divorce, Pink (who grew up Alecia Moore) was a troubled, angst-ridden teenager who rebelled against authority, experimented with drugs and often ran away from home. Music was her one salvation, and after toiling underage in the rough and dangerous Philadelphia club scene, she caught her first break. Joining the all female R-n-B group Choice, Pink soon broke out on her own and became a bonafied pop star. But she was hardly satisfied. Determined not to be boxed in and stereotyped, she went against the wishes of her record label, collaborated with childhood idol Linda Perry, and delivered Misundastood, a defining record that started her evolution as a thoughtful and... more on Wikipedia
    • Original Airing: Sep 17 2009
    • Season: Behind The Music - Season 11
    • Episode Number: 2
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    Bobby Brown

    Bobby Brown
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    Growing up in the tough, poverty stricken projects of Roxbury, MA, Bobby Brown was a bad boy from the start. He experimented with drugs and idolized the gang leaders who ruled the neighborhood. He was also enormously talented. A naturally gifted singer and dancer, he became a child superstar with New Edition and lived the good life, travelling the world and enjoying the spoils of success. But Bobby quickly grew tired of New Edition's squeaky clean image and began to rebel. He wanted a tougher image, more control, and to be the undisputed lead singer. Tensions soon boiled over and Bobby was kicked out of the group. This hardly slowed him down. He thrived as a solo artist and behind the smash... more on Wikipedia
    • Original Airing: Sep 24 2009
    • Season: Behind The Music - Season 11
    • Episode Number: 3
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    Bret Michaels

    Bret Michaels
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    T.I, aka Clifford Harris Jr, grew up on the tough streets of Atlanta's Bankhead neighborhood, an area filled with crime, violence and drugs. By the time he was 18, he was a high school dropout who was behind bars for dealing crack. Stuck in a cell, he channeled his frustration and sadness into rhymes, talking about "life in the trap." Paroled, he quickly turned those rhymes into a rap career and inked a deal with LaFace Records. But after his first album flopped, he was dumped from the label and was back to square one. This time, T.I took to the streets with his own independent mix tapes and generated enough buzz to get a second chance. Signing a new deal with Atlantic Records, he broke... more on Wikipedia
    • Original Airing: Oct 01 2009
    • Season: Behind The Music - Season 11
    • Episode Number: 4
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