‘Hollywood$$$’ is an upbeat alt-pop anthem lined with dreamy synths and angelic sounding backing vocals, warning us of the perils of fortune and fame. And if there’s anybody who’s in a position to critique the world of stardom and celebrity, it’s definitely Seraphina Simone.
“Hollywood $$$ is about the Lynchian, fame-obsessive undercurrents of tinsel town, with its sirens, starlets, leeches & letches. It’s about that world of smoke and mirrors – where nothing and no one is really as it seems, and the world of celebrity – where we deify or demonise people into these superhumans or arch villains. It’s about how seductive fame can be, how it’s something we all envision in the back of our minds – the perfect life without money worries where everyone loves us and we can do whatever we want – but it comes at a huge price and can destroy you if you chase it too hard. ”
Simone grew up surrounded by names like Prince, Miles Davis, Pete Townsend and Billy Idol, courtesy of her father Terence Trent D’Arby, otherwise known as Sananda Maitreya, who was also a famed musician of the time. Unsurprisingly, this Oxford university alum was raised splitting her time between London and California, so it’s no surprise that the budding musician has got a lot to say about the lights and life in La la land.
Overall, Seraphina’s ‘Hollywood$$$’ is a fantastic display of both the singer’s vocals and intellect, exhibited through her unique outlook and perspective. ‘Hollywood$$$’ is a beautifully written pop song, cleverly wrapped in a detailed critique of the lives of celebrities and the mirage that is Hollywood and its elite.
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