Friday, August 14, 2015

Name dropping

So what's with all the celebrity name dropping in pop songs these days?

In 2013 Vance Joy mentioned Michelle Pfeiffer in the song "Riptide", and then in 2014 Bruno Mars mentions Michelle Pfeiffer in his song "Uptown Funk".  Just recently Fall Out Boy came out with a song called "Uma Thurman".

Do the writers or singers think celebrity name dropping will make their songs more popular?  Or is it a way of paying tribute or honoring them?  I don't know, but I find it a little weird, and I'm not sure why.

What do you think?


anne marie in philly said...

why are they mentioning has-beens?

wcs said...

Barbra Streisand. By Duck Sauce. :)

KEVolution! said...

Madonna in songs by Boy George, Robbie Williams and Drake.

Bob Slatten said...

"Uma Thurman"?
Oh hell no.

Biki Honko said...

I find it odd as well, and can't think of any reason to do so!

Hot Studs said...

I think it's fine, Fifth Harmony has a song "Like Mariah" - obviously about Carey. And another one "Brave, Honest, Beautiful" singing in the chorus about Beyonce, Rihanna, Shakira & Madonna.

It's still being done. I don't mind, as long as it's people/celebrities who deserve to be mantioned/praised.