Celebrity (Brad Paisley song)
|Single by Brad Paisley|
|from the album Mud on the Tires|
|Released||March 17, 2003|
|Brad Paisley singles chronology|
"Celebrity" is a song written and performed by American country music singer Brad Paisley. It was released in March 2003 as the first single from his album, Mud on the Tires. The song reached the top five of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at number three. It also peaked at number 31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Country.
"Celebrity" is a song that takes a humorous look on show business and the many problems that current entertainers endure, along with the notion that anyone can be famous as a result of reality television programs.
The full length music video begins with a satirization of American Idol, called "Celebrity Icon", with William Shatner playing a Simon Cowell-type judge who becomes very critical of Paisley during his performance. The video features various satirizations of reality TV shows, such as a take-off on Fear Factor, where Paisley eats a plate of earthworms; a parody of The Bachelor, where Trista Rehn chooses Little Jimmy Dickens over Paisley as her match; and a "Brad Paisley Show" where James Belushi makes a cameo appearance.
The video also parodies specific tabloid targets, such as Michael Jackson. In one instance, Paisley is wearing a surgical mask (as Jackson was known to do) walking down the street with two masked children, played by Taylor Atelian along with co-star Billi Bruno from According To Jim, similar to the scene in the Martin Bashir documentary Living with Michael Jackson. The video also has an appearance by Jason Alexander as himself at a Starbucks, who steals a pastry and makes a scene with the coffee shop manager and employee over a "mocha soy latte". The video ends when Paisley finishes his song and Shatner tells him that his performance was horrible, and how he (Shatner) enjoys when the song is over; a dejected Paisley then walks off the stage.
The music video was directed by Peter Zavadil and premiered on April 10, 2003 on CMT.
- Randle Currie - steel guitar
- Eric Darken - percussion
- Kevin "Swine" Grantt - bass guitar
- Wes Hightower - background vocals
- Brad Paisley - lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, Tic tac bass, mandolin
- Ben Sesar - drums
- Justin Williamson - fiddle
"Celebrity" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of March 22, 2003. "Celebrity" spent twenty-nine weeks on the Billboard country singles charts, reaching a peak of number 3 in the middle of the year and holding that position for four weeks.
|US Billboard Hot 100||31|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||3|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||10|
- American parody artist Cledus T. Judd released 3 parodies of "Celebrity" titled "Martie,Emily & Natalie", "Natalie", and "Toby vs. Natalie" on his 2003 album The Original Dixie Hick.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 313. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- "Brad Paisley – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- "Brad Paisley – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- "Best of 2003: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2003. Retrieved July 13, 2012.