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Posted January 12th, 2014
4 Responses to “Rock Star Names: How to create a superstar stage name”
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January 13th, 2014 at 12:24 am
Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman). Jon Bon Jovi (John Bongiovi). Steven Tyler (Steven Tallarico). Ella Yelich-O’Connor would not be given the time of day on the radio. Stage names are not always just to take on a different persona. Thomas Cruise Mapother doesn’t sound like a headlining act, but Tom Cruise does. There has been a movement in the US since the dawn of recorded film and music to wash the ethnic sound from a person’s name in order to achieve stardom.
January 13th, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Wondeful blog, thank you, @bluejuniper.
Drake is really cool for a rapper and I have always loved Katy Perry’s stage name, so playful and spunky, it really fits her. I like the illustration too, she has always been beautiful. (I am not her huge fan but still).
I think that the first and third options are the most popular among celebrities. They tend to shorten their names a lot, too. Robbie Williams was born Robert Peter Maximilian (I have always thought he has such a handsome full name); Katie Melua was born Ketevan (a beautiful Georgian name).
Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Woody Allen was born Allen Konigsberg
Beyonce, though, uses her real first name(Beyonce Knowles-Carter) as well as Ashanti (Ashanti Douglas); Mila Kunis is Milena (such a lovely Russian name) by documents. By the way, I know a Milena and also a few Milanas.
Well, that’s just from a top of my head, it’s an interesting topic with a lot of examples.
January 14th, 2014 at 11:58 am
Many people change their names in order to get noticed. Sometimes people change their names so people will read their book or they change their name in order to not get confused with another artist, actor, or someone else who is famous. Each name should be unique so when you hear it, it would remind you all the things they have done, that you have heard of. Some people however are just lucky to be born with a name that fits for a celebrity like Harry Styles or Josh Hutcherson, or even Kellin Quinn. I don’t think my name would pass as a celebrity name. However I would have one of the most unique last names I still don’t think it would work.
January 14th, 2014 at 11:43 pm
One of my favorite bands is Bon Iver (bone eevair). It has 10 members but the name is mainly associated with the lead singer Justin Vernon, like when they’re featured and stuff: “Kanye West ft. Bon Iver” but it’s really only the lead singer on it. So Bon Iver is kinda his stage name in a way. It’s kinda like Blondie (it’s a full band but everyone thinks it’s Debbie Harry’s stage name).
Bon Iver came from “bon hiver” which means good winter in French but he took the h off.
Another one of my favorite stage names is Rick Ross. He’s William Roberts in real life but Rick Ross is cool yet realistic (besides that druglord reference haha)
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