With Miley Cyrus' 'Black Mirror' alter ego Ashley O sparking a pop fan frenzy, Billboard looks back on the best faux pop stars.
Bringing Cyrus back to her pure pop roots, her purple-wig bearing 'Black Mirror' character had a much more twisted story than Miley’s Disney beginnings. But as the club-ready tune “On A Roll” proved, Ashley O can make equally infectious bops.
Conner4Real ('Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping')
If Andy Samberg went solo from The Lonely Island, he’d probably become something like Conner4Real, an irreverent heartthrob complete with sleeve tattoos and a cocky-as-hell attitude. Meant to mock the popstar world at large, Conner’s look and attitude are reminiscent of a pre-saved Justin Bieber. But the best part? His songs are just as outlandish – and not-so-kid-friendly – as The Lonely Island’s.
Jordan Cahill ('Stuck in the Suburbs')
Years before Taran Killam cracked people up on 'Saturday Night Live,' he made girls swoon on the Disney Channel as a blonde-tipped crooner named Jordan Cahill. His charming acoustic guitar-tinged tunes fit right in with the super-pop hits of that time (like Jesse McCartney’s “Beautiful Soul”), and the film’s plot gave every teenage girl hope that she too could one day hang with her favorite pop star.
Isabella Parigi ('The Lizzie McGuire Movie')
Though her role in the film was small, it was mighty: Not only did Isabella have an Italian accent, she had the fierce attitude to boot. On top of that, she sounded just like Hilary Duff! Thank goodness one of them actually exists…
Cora Corman ('Music and Lyrics')
With a slender physique, risqué dance moves and a tween-heavy fan base, Cora Corman is the late-2000s answer to the pop-darling empire Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera built in the late ‘90s. If only her (rather controversially titled) hit “Buddha’s Delight” could’ve been played on the radio.
Ally ('A Star is Born')
A true overnight sensation, Lady Gaga’s 'A Star is Born' character went from raw-and-real singer-songwriter to an orange-haired pop superstar with poetic lyrics like “Why do you look so good in those jeans/ Why’d you come around me with an ass like that?” Jackson Maine may not have always approved of her sexed-up transformation, but we stan.
Robin Sparkles ('How I Met Your Mother')
'HIMYM' fans adored the Scotch-drinking Canadian firecracker Robin Scherbatsky anyway, but her secret teenage pop star past made her even more lovable. Especially her awesomely ‘80s hit “Let’s Go to the Mall.”
Ah, the OG. Sure, there may have been plenty of faux pop stars before her, but Hannah Montana practically redefined what it meant to be a fictional character. Miley Cyrus’ initial alter ego delivered 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits, a box office smash, and a multi-million-dollar North American tour – and to think it all started with a Disney Channel series. With Miley now transforming into Ashley O., it seems Hannah Montana is the gift that keeps on giving.