Los Angeles—A spokesman for actress Michelle Pfeiffer said at a press conference yesterday that the actress is “shocked, saddened and appalled” that the media would assume that she has paid musical artists to include her name in recent radio hits “just to ensure her name is out there and her Q rating continues to be at a level commensurate with her fame.”
Recent hits “Riptide” by Vance Joy, and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have been getting significant airplay, and both ditties mention the Oscar-nominated actress, making some cynics in the music and media industries to wonder if she was trying to get a large name-recognition payday, similar to the one Mick Jagger got when he, allegedly, paid for a campaign that began in mid 2009 with a nod in Ke$ha’s debut single Tik Tok and finished strong when Maroon 5 scored a huge hit with “Moves Like Jagger” in 2011. The result was a surge in Rolling Stones music sales to an entire generation of tweens and teens that were previously uninterested.
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“Ms. Pfeiffer’s career is doing just fine, thank you very much,” her rep said. “How many people who are accusing her of giving money or Super Bowl tickets or free DVDs of ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’ to musicians just to get mentioned in songs, how many of them go home every night to a Golden Globe award for best actress or a BAFTA award? That’s what I’d like to know. Maybe these folks should look themselves in the mirror before they go around saying Ms. Pfeiffer has any reason to send Vance Joy a shoebox full of autographed head shots. It’s ludicrous.”
Pfeiffer’s last theatrical release was “The Family” with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert De Niro, back in 2013. Wikipedia doesn’t show any upcoming projects from the former Catwoman.
No one involved with Vancy Joy, Mark Ronson or Bruno Mars would return e-mail or phone messages left asking about their “inspiration” in dropping Pfeiffer’s names in their tunes.
Pfeiffer’s rep concluded the press conference by saying he couldn’t wait to get home so he could watch “What Lies Beneath” followed up by “Dark Shadows,” which, would be, in his words, “a perfect end to any day.”