Which Superstars Inspired 'Popstar'? - Rolling Stone
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Which Superstars Inspired ‘Popstar’?

From Michael Jackson to Macklemore, here are the real-life inspirations for the Lonely Island’s pop parody film

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Rolling Stone, Superstars, Inspired, Terminator X, Beastie Boys, U2, Macklemore

"Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (SAMBERG) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is this generation's Spinal Tap, but the pop antics the Lonely Island tap into go back to the Eighties. In constructing Conner4Real, Andy Samberg's goofy, cocky pop icon, the trio pulled from some of pop's most famous moments and personalities to create one whole publicity stunt of a person. From DJs-turned-ostrich farmers to surprise album mishaps, here are some cultural moments that built Popstar


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