Social media, celebrity, and popular music

Popular music has played, and continues to play, a central role in bringing aspects of celebrity culture into the mainstream world.

Fame has been most consistently, deliberately, and insightfully thematized by popular music, which has also been at the center of every major development in social media— both in terms of new technologies and in terms of people’s engagement with and understanding of them.

This according to “Listen to me now: Social media, celebrity, and popular music” by Jason Lee Oakes (IASPM-US 19 and 20 September 2011). Above, Kanye West tweets about the travails of celebrity culture; below, the singer-songwriter Madelaine Zammit uses one social medium (YouTube) to sing about another.

Related post: Lady Gaga’s social network

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