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    Jul 27, 2017

    Pop Singer Willa Ford Blames 9/11 For Her Failed Music Career

    "I know that sounds silly, but it really fell to the wayside."

    If you were a fan of pop music in the early '00s, then you probably remember Willa Ford.

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    If that doesn't refresh your memory, then the one hit that shot her to fame will:

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    Willa's music video for her 2001 single "I Wanna Be Bad."

    After this song, fans didn't really hear much from Willa and she kind of disappeared from the music scene.

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    Well, the 36-year-old caught up with Billboard to explain the reasoning behind her lack of success and leaving the business:

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    "A lot of people don’t realize this, but my second single was released on September 11, 2001."

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    "Everything that happened that day froze; the world stood still, as it should have."

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    "My second single didn’t do well because anything that launched that day kind of got canned."

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    "I know that sounds silly, but on radio they slate things, but it really fell to the wayside."

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    "The record company I was with at the time got acquired by another record company, and the president of our record company left the company."

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    "So, I ended up in no man’s land. I felt like this pop machine had taken me and put me in the wash cycle and I had been spinning out of control."

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    Since taking a break from music, Willa has set her eyes on acting. She's had several film and television roles, including portraying Anna Nicole Smith in a Lifetime biopic.

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    Although she says she's not ready to make a comeback just yet, Willa looks to Kylie Minogue for inspiration. According to Willa, Kylie took a step back from music for 20 years after making her big return.

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    Read Willa Ford's full interview with Billboard here.


    Willa released the following statement to People regarding her 9/11 comment:

    In a recent interview with Billboard, I made a comment about the release of a single by my record label on September 11, 2001, where I stated Everything that happened that day froze; the world stood still as it should have. During the past day, other news outlets have taken the liberty to say that I somehow blamed 9/11 for my song not taking off … this could not be further from the truth.

    It was meant to be an inspirational piece about how the universe sent me in a new and different direction, one that has led me to success and joy in other areas of my personal and professional life.

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