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

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. 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.

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