When people think of pop culture they do not necessarily consider a mixing of the genres. Popular music is everywhere, on the radio, on television, and at local concerts, but what about when music makes a splash in some of the most popular TV shows? Pop culture includes the latest must-watch TV too and more often now up and coming acts are making a guest appearance on these shows to boost their profiles.
Who can forget the appearance of Lady Gaga in Gossip Girl, the shameless plugging of Death Cab for Cutie in The O.C. or the many artists that hit the stage at ‘Tric’ in One Tree Hill? How about the fact The Beatles got their own films, ’A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help’ to name just two, and Elvis Presley who was hitting the box office and the top of the charts simultaneously, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas’ are a couple of the most memorable Elvis films.
Appearances of popular actors in music videos are also a way to remain relevant in a world where tastes and styles change constantly. Everybody knows about Courtney Cox being brought on stage by Bruce Springsteen in the ‘Dancing in the Dark’ video, but that was many years before she hit it big with her role in ‘Friends’. We saw David Boreanaz (Bones, SEAL Team) in Dido’s ‘White Flag’, Rupert Grint (Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley) in Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lego House and Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, This is Us) had a role in Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’.
Most of the top TV shows and films and even desktop games now include soundtracks made from popular music. At one time soundtracks were created by a composer using an orchestra or a range of musical instruments to create the feel and set the tone of a scene, now it is much more commonplace to hear a top 40 hit instead.