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This week, Kesha went from spelling her name Ke$ha to spelling it Kesha. Whether this will reflect further changes in the singer’s life and career or if she just got sick of adding the dollar sign to her name, is yet to be seen. Considering the change comes just after a two month rehab stay for an eating disorder, it is a pretty fair guess that Kesha has done some soul searching recently.
Many artists choose to perform under another name and some like Kesha change that name, some even more than once. Here are some artists that can’t stick to one name.
Take Prince for example. In 1993 he changed his name to a symbol due to a disagreement with his then record company. The symbol, which is a combination for the symbol for male and the symbol for female, had no name. It became known as “the love symbol”, while prince became known as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”. In 2000 after his contract was over, he went back to being known as Prince.
Not all name changes are so drastic, rapper Jay Z decided to remove the hyphen in his name which he previously wrote as Jay-Z. The change was so subtle that many have argued when the change actually took place.
Sean Combs is a successful rapper and a force in the music industry. Everyone is sure to recognize him, but will they know his name? He started his rap career as Puff Daddy, then changed his name to P. Diddy, then to just Diddy. If that wasn’t confusing enough, he is also part of a group called Diddy – Dirty Money.
Diddy’s former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez also started going by a nickname J.Lo when she released her second album.
Then there is Snoop Dogg, or Snoop Doggy Dogg, or Snoop Lion or maybe Snoopzilla, maybe we can just call him Snoop.
Do you think artists rename themselves to reflect a greater change or are they just looking for attention?
Whatever name your favorite artist goes by, you are sure to find their music on iMesh.
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