A lot of "good" things can come from fame -- money, status, power, etc. -- but up-and-coming pop singer Vardaan Arora wants to know if it would also make people like him more.
That's the topic of the singer's latest single, "Famous," an upbeat, electro-pop anthem where the star seeks out validation through hypnotic beats and turned-up synths. Co-written by Arora and queer singer-songwriter to the stars Jesse Saint John, the track follows the singer as he wanders through his hypothetical scenario, contemplating the reason behind his desire for success.
In an interview with Billboard prior to the song's release, Arora says that the song began as just that: a hypothesis. "I began to notice how differently people are treated when they have 'clout' or whatever," he says. "I also thought it would be interesting to explore this sort of desperation to be liked. For validation ... I wanted it to feel like a dream-like fantasy about achieving this abstract goal, just so people around you -- even your friends -- would give you this primal need for being liked.