Tributes To Departed Musicians Are Getting Trendy

Tributes To Departed Musicians Are Getting Trendy

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When a public figure passes away, it’s perfectly normal for fans to want to pay tribute in various ways. These days that usually means an outpouring of social media posts and heartfelt sentiments, along with plenty of news stories that effectively serve as obituaries for the public to enjoy. All of this is perfectly ordinary behavior, particularly given that we live in an age of sharing thoughts and emotions.

What’s been a little bit more unexpected is how frequently we’ve started to see documentaries and other homages designed as tributes to departed artists. Biopics have always been popular, and it’s even fairly ordinary to see unknown music released posthumously. But let’s just take a look at some of the more interesting and unexpected tributes we’ve seen in recent years.

Prince Is Being Turned Into A Hologram

By now the idea of bringing the dead back to life via hologram actually might not sound that strange. It’s happened before, and apparently it might be happening again with Prince. The pop legend has only been gone for a little over a year, and yet it had hardly been a week since his passing when the idea of hologram concert appearances started circulating online. The idea definitely makes some people uncomfortable, but it’s also an interesting way to keep these artists alive, in a sense, for droves of fans.

Michael Jackson Is The Theme Of An Online Game

We’ve seen a growing trend in recent years toward online slot machine games that use famous musicians and bands as background material. Some of these games are actually pretty fun for fans, featuring iconic imagery and even soundtracks associated with the relevant artists. The Michael Jackson game is no exception. Designed and put online after the superstar’s death, it suggests that its players prepare to be bedazzled by a theme of fame and glamour, and that’s just what it delivers. It’s an unexpected but effective tribute to the King of Pop, and is not the first time we've seen him moonwalk his way onto a video game.

David Bowie Is Getting A Statue In London

Or at least, he might be. Bowie was another pop star among the many tragic celebrity passings of 2016, and there's already a rush to immortalize him with one tribute or another. As with Prince, and Michael Jackson several years ago, there were all kinds of thoughtful articles written, and Bowie’s music sales skyrocketed following his death. Now some of his most dedicated fans are raising money to build a statue that would honor the iconic singer near his birthplace in London.

Tupac Got A Wide Release Biopic

A biopic is perhaps the most traditional way to honor a legend after his or her passing, but the Tupac film All Eyez On Me is a bit different in that it was just recently granted a wide release. That’s by no means unprecedented, but a lot of musical documentaries and biopics these days wind up being TV movies, or else straight-to-streaming material. All Eyez On Me is earning a mixed response from critics, but its mere presence on screens across the United States is an exceptional homage to the rap icon.

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