Milli Vanilli Documentary Set to Premier on Paramount+ in October
Everyone has heard of the scandal, but few remember the details. And a new documentary coming to Paramount+ aims to tell the tragic story of Milli Vanilli.
Not only did this tragic story take a life, it also opened the door to so many questions about the music industry. The art form known as music has terrible attributes attached to its success, meanwhile, artists such as Milli Vanilli were totally setup from the beginning leading to the main question. Is music evil or good?
In case you DON’T know, here’s the quick version of the Milli Vanilli story:
Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan were recruited by producer Frank Farian to be a hip new duo for him in Germany. They heard a demo of the song “Girl You Know It’s True,” and they said they could sing it.
But Farian didn’t like how the group sounded in the studio, and had it re-cut by several others, including Charles Shaw, John Davis and Brad Howell. The group was already booked to do shows, so Rob and Fab hit the road as Milli Vanilli, and just lip-synced to tracks of the studio cuts of the songs.
A string of hits followed, and the duo won the Best New Artist award at the Grammy’s in 1990.
Not long after that, the secret started to become clear, as technical problems on live performances made it clear the lip-syncing was happening.
The public became aware of the scam, and one of the original singers also admitted that it had happened. It led to Farian firing the duo, and the world turning against Rob and Fab.
We won’t spoil the rest of the story, so you can watch the documentary on October 24 on Paramount+.