Rapper Jack Harlow professes his appreciation for Dua Lipa on his new album Go home, you miss the kids. The rapper takes his love for the pop star so far that he even named a track after the “Don’t Start Now” singer.
“Dua Lipa, I’m trying to do more with her than make a feature film,” he raps over the anthem, simply titled “Dua Lipa”.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a song has been named after the hitmaker. She inspired a beloved bop from an artist named AMWIN in 2019.
Listen to Jack Harlow’s “Dua Lipa” below:
However, Harlow’s release definitely carries Lipa’s seal of approval. “I FaceTimed her and played for her because I didn’t want her to feel caught out or scared,” he told the Breakfast Club. “She was like, ‘Oh, I mean, that’s not my song. I guess that’s okay.
The ‘Industry Baby’ star added that he wouldn’t have dropped ‘Dua Lipa’ if the namesake artist wasn’t a fan.
“Dua Lipa” has racked up millions of streams since Harlow’s May 6 album release – and it’s also generated plenty of headlines.
But it’s not the first time a musician has released a song inspired by his love or crush on another celebrity.
Below, we’ve rounded up seven more sample songs inspired by the likes of Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and more.
Ariana Grande’s “Pete Davidson” talks about Pete Davidson
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson dominated the headlines with their relationship, engagement and breakup in 2018. Their short-lived romance helped coin the term “big d–k energy” and inspired the first chart from Grande on the Billboard Hot 100: his break-up anthem “thank u, next”.
Before that, the pop star captured the joy of their relationship on a song named after the Saturday Night Live star. “pete davidson” appeared as a brief interlude on his album Sweetener. “I thought you were in my life, look at my mind,” she sings on the track. “The universe must have my back, fell from the sky, on my knees.” The euphoric cut lasts just over a minute, which makes sense considering how quickly their whirlwind died down.
The lyrics made headlines again nearly four years after the song’s release when fans noticed Kim Kardashian apparently quoted them on Instagram, according to page 6. Of course, the reality TV star has now been linked to Davidson since October 2021.
Gwen Stefani’s “Make Me Like You” is about Blake Shelton
Gwen Stefani detailed her breakup with Gavin Rossdale on the first single from her 2016 album That’s how the truth feels. However, the rest of the LP’s track listing is anything but downtempo and lovelorn.
It’s obvious after just one listen to the effervescent “Make Me Like You”, on which Stefani sings about falling in love. In fact, she sings about another famous musician on the track: her now husband, Blake Shelton. Charm notes that she confirmed the inspiration behind the single during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel when it was released in 2016.
Meanwhile, Shelton shouted “Make Me Like You” and urged fans to buy it on Twitter following its release. Considering they’ve been married for almost a year, it’s a safe bet that the “Cool” singer is still happy to have found her man.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Enchanted’ is about Adam Young, aka Owl City
The Swifties take apart the lyrics of Taylor Swift songs with the expertise of a surgeon. Their goal is to track down any line that might reference an event that happened in real life, whether it’s a reference to a long-forgotten scarf or a necklace gifted by an old flame. But the “22” star did the heavy lifting for her fans when she explained the inspiration behind her 2010 song, “Enchanted.”
“He was a guy I had spoken to several times over email, but hadn’t met him. So I went to meet him; I met him in New York,” he said. she stated. “I remember all the way back thinking, ‘I hope he’s not in love with someone. “” PopBuzz notes that the man in question appears to be Adam Young, also known as “Fireflies,” the Owl City hit-maker.
After Young realized he could have been someone special for Swift, he recorded his own version of “Enchanted” in response. Although the duo’s love story apparently never took off, it certainly did culminate in a beautiful love song and an incredible story.
Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ is about John Mayer
Katy Perry celebrated a love that knows no bounds when she released “Unconditionally” in 2013. The pop titan shared Weekly entertainment that the song was inspired by a UNICEF trip to Madagascar and her relationship with John Mayer.
“It’s just a simple message about loving someone and accepting them and somehow leading you, you don’t have to be so embarrassed, you don’t have to fear, because basically everyone has their stuff,” she said. “Nobody comes without stuff. Everyone has their stuff and you’ll never be perfect, and accepting that and understanding that, especially in a relationship, makes room for a real, genuine kind of love.
Perry and Mayer’s love was not meant to last. Interestingly, the “New Light” singer wrote a breakup song about their time together: 2017’s “Still Feel Like Your Man” The search for everything. “Who else could I think of?” He asked The New York Times.
Jessica Simpson’s “With You” is about Nick Lachey
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were the power couple of early reality TV thanks to MTV’s total dominance Newly weds. The stars’ wedding also largely inspired Simpson’s self-assured third album In this skin. The influence is particularly evident on her single “With You”.
Although their relationship wasn’t meant to last, the wholesome love song she wrote about it beat all odds and is among the best in Simpson’s discography. “It’s cool to me just because it’s my personality,” she told MTV in 2003. “Nick likes me with nothing but a T-shirt on, that’s where where the idea for the song comes from.”
Selena Gomez’s “The Heart Wants What It Wants” Is About Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s on-and-off relationship played out in the media in the early 2010s. It was also memorialized musically when Gomez released her song “The Heart Wants What It Wants” in 2014. Unlike most songs on this list, the downtempo ballad depicts a doomed romance with no happy ending in sight.
However, this is not enough to separate the lovers. “There’s a million reasons why I should forsake you / But the heart wants what it wants” the pop star sings on the chorus. Gomez told the Los Angeles Times that Bieber thought the accompanying music video was “magnificent”. That’s not all either: “I think he was a little jealous of the videographer at first,” she teased.
The Jonas Brothers’ “Hesitate” is about Sophie Turner
The Jonas Brothers showed off their famous wives in the music video for their comeback single “Sucker” in 2019. They took their collective love one step further by completing the track list of Happiness begins with odes to their various lovers. ‘I Believe’ Serves as Nick Jonas’ Love Note to Wife Priyanka Chopra, According to Billboard. Meanwhile, Joe Jonas receives flashbacks to his wedding day whenever he hears “Hesitate,” which he wrote for his wife Sophie Turner.
“It’s like my vows before I write my vows. It’s my promise to [my wife] Sophie. I can see in the audience when it’s definitely other people’s songs. I see couples holding each other. I see somebody that this song put him through something,” Joe says in the band’s documentary, Happiness begins, according to MTV. “I see her walking down the aisle every time I close my eyes.”