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'Bangerz' & Beyond: 12 Terribly Misspelled Album Titles

Before Miley Cyrus abused her S-to-Z privileges, everyone from Public Enemy to Jessica Simpson made similar spelling infractions. These are the best of the worst

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Miley Cyrus: 'Bangerz' (2013)

Yeah, Miley Cyrus' sensationally spelled album title Bangerz—tapping into rap's long history of a Z replacing an S—is a pretty obvious ploy to emphasize her strange bid for street cred. But she's not the first and certainly far from the worst to intentionally (or unintentionally) misspell album titles. From Jessica Simpson's horribly-titled holiday record to Public Enemy's failed wordplay, to the Zombies' accidental misspelling of the word "odyssey," here are 12 Terribly Misspelled Album Titles. 

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Jessica Simpson: 'Rejoyce: The Christmas Album' (2004)

Hard to believe Jessica "Chicken of the Sea" Simpson would misspell something, right? Well, she turned "rejoice" into "rejoyce" for her Xmas album in order to emphasize the sense of JOY. Thing is, we all know "joy" is the root of "rejoice" so it's totally unnecessary. Maybe don't home school your kids, okay Jess?

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Fergie: 'The Dutchess' (2006)

When the Black Eyed Peas singer-rapper went solo, she became extremely paranoid about how the public would pronounce her album title. So much that she intentionally misspelled "duchess" as "dutchess" so that no one would pronounce it as "douche-ess." So yeah, if you've never heard the oh-so-obscure word "duchess" before, you must be Fergie's target audience. 

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The Zombies: 'Odessey & Oracle' (1967)

The painter behind one of the most beautiful, psychedelic album covers ever was also the art world's worst speller. Although members of the Zombies pretended their classic album's title was intentionally misspelled for years, vocalist Colin Blunstone came clean recently. "Our friend Terry Quirk is a fine painter but he's obviously not a very good speller," Blunstone said. "By the time we'd spotted it, the presses were rolling and it was too late to stop it."

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Ghostface Killah: 'The Big Doe Rehab' (2007)

The Wu-Tang Clan rapper attempted to explain what this title meant to MTV in 2007. "In the rehab, you could have the old ... you know the [man] that Anna Nicole Smith [married]?" Ghostface Killah said. "[It's about] that type of dude." So... is the idea that doe-eyed girls go after guys with dough in rehab? Or is this just misspelled because The Big Dough Rehab sounds like the place where the Pillsbury Doughboy would go to detox? Either way, it's a pretty weak name for an album.

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Dolly Parton: 'White Limozeen' (1989)

No, White Limozeen isn't country legend Dolly Parton's stab at gangsta rap: It's just that she couldn't be troubled to reach for a dictionary before naming and releasing an album. Seriously! According to reports, Parton didn't know how to spell it off the top of her head and demanded "limousine" be spelled phonetically instead of deigning to the gods of Oxford and Webster. 

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Black Eyed Peas: 'Elephunk' (2003)

Yeah, puns are different than outright misspellings, but this one is so egregiously dumb we just had to include it. I mean, they're not even a funky band. Nor are they GOP party members. So "elephant" and "funk" seem to have very little to do with this record. 

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John Oates: 'Phunk Shui' (2002)

One year before the Black Eyed Peas' terrible funk-phunk pun, Hall & Oates singer John Oates made the same dumb joke. Punning on the concept of feng shui because he had probably just learned what it meant, the Philly singer also tied his music to funk. Oates may be a vocal legend, but a funky motherf--ker he ain't.  

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Public Enemy: 'Muse Sick-n-Hour Mess Age' (1994)

Public Enemy are one of the most vital, inventive and brilliant groups in the history of music. But when it comes to naming albums, they lost the touch sometime in the mid-'90s. This bizarre spelling, which is supposed to sound like "Music in our message" when said aloud, barely counts as wordplay because the malapropisms don't add any separate meaning. Over 10 years later, they would also title an album New Whirl Odor. Ugh.

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Roadsaw: 'Rawk n' Roll' (2002)

Alt-metal act Roadsaw released Rawk n' Roll in 2002, which was a full 30 years after this misspelling would have been considered cool by anyone.

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Eazy-E: 'Eazy-Duz-It' (1988)

Not only was N.W.A member Eazy-E a pioneer of gangsta rap, but he was one of the first MCs to popularize the S-to-Z trend that gripped hip hop during the ninetiez. While he gets credit for that, it's total overload to put "Z" in your album title when you already use that trick for your stage name.

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After School: 'Playgirlz' (2012)

South Korean girl group After School released their Japanese debut with the intentionally-misspelled English title Playgirlz. So apparently the way to sound cool in Japan is by adapting Americanized misspellings? We're confused.

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