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Singer Willa Ford Cites 9/11 for Lack of Success in Music Career

Singer Willa Ford Cites 9/11 for Lack of Success in Music Career

Willa Ford, known for her 2001 hit “I Wanna Be Bad,” is speaking about why she thinks she never had another hit.

“A lot of people don’t realize this, but my second single was released on September 11, 2001. Everything that happened that day froze; the world stood still, as it should have,” Willa told Billboard. “My second single didn’t do well because anything that launched that day kind of got canned.”

“I really took a step back because I felt like I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing at the time. I know that sounds crazy, but it was the perfect storm, and I walked away,” Willa continued. “When I look at Kylie Minogue, she did [her comeback] really right. She did ‘Loco-Motion,’ she went away for 20 years – which is almost how long I’ve gone away – and then she comes back with this amazing dance-pop record. For me it was groundbreaking in the states.”

“I really do miss music. It’s my first passion, my first love,” she added.

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  • rosaryblue

    This is so ridiculous. She had one big hit single in the 90′s and did nothing else after that. Even if her single did come out on 9-11 why didn’t she do anything earlier? Or something else after that single? Just keep trying, don’t give random excuses. If you want to be back in music, put out a good song.

  • Courtney Puzzo

    uh her single I wanna Be Bad was released in May 2001 and her label Lava music a subsidiary of Sony was going through instability at the time. my guess is she or the label picked the wrong follow up single other artists who released singles that summer/fall had hits for instance Faith Hill & Tim McGraw’s 4th duet Angry All The Time peaked at #1 on the Country singles chart in November 2001 and without a music video due to Faith’s difficult pregnancy with their youngest daughter Audrey Caroline who was born nearly two months early on December 6th 2001 weighing 3 lbs 11 oz at birth. she’s just fishing for sympathy

  • tom

    feel sorry for all the men that have to deal with this crazy bitch

  • persononhere

    i remember Alicia Keys performed for the very first time on 9/10 at the MTV Awards (i think), the night before the 9/11 tragedy and she soared to great success after that. guess it comes down to talent, Willa. so sad for you.

  • CB

    Willa, when did Kylie Minogue ever take a 20 yr break? The longest break she took was a couple of years when she was battling Breast Cancer, and even then she was still doing some writing. Don’t compare yourself to anyone especially when you have no idea what you’re talking about. And perhaps you’re just not that talented and that’s why your career never took off the way you had hoped?!?