Pop Diva is a movie musical I have written. Lots of people I know hate musicals.This isn’t High School Musical or Hannah Montana. It’s not Les Miz or Broadway. People don’t bust out singing and dancing in the street. It’s more like Purple Rain, in that the music is there because people are really playing it.
It is less like Purple Rain in that Prince is a musical genius.
It’s about a groupie’s daughter turned pop star who struggles her way to the top, only to have her career nearly flame out under the pressure of tabloid fame and excess. She is redeemed by … well, you have to read it to find out.
You can download and read Pop Diva – the first Ten Pages HERE.
If you want to read the whole thing, e-mail me at email@example.com
I also wrote and recorded demos for the Pop Diva soundtrack.
The songs are in different styles – pop rock, dance, ballads, hip-hop and rock – to be performed by different characters and bands throughout the story.
Each song was written so its lyrics and music serve the story, while also sounding like a pop-rock single. The result is a soundtrack that is (I hope) more like a mix-tape, providing a lot of musical variety, rather than a bunch of songs that sound the same.
1. Could Have Beens
This song opens the story. It is played by a pop-rock band in a bar, about 20 years ago.
2. Who You Gonna Be?
This is the song the main character plays with her indie band in the present day.
3. Don’t Keep Me Hanging On
This is a song sung by an ensemble during an audition scene.
4. I Don’t Need Nobody to Save Me
This is the “Seduction Song” sung by the lead character, Lily, in the studio, when her manager and producer convince her to accept their advice and go pop.
5. That’ll Teach You to Love Me
This song is sung as a duet between Lily and her arch-rival, Jade. Lily’s record company takes the song and hands it to Jade, thinking she’ll do better with it.
6. Tru 2 Urself
This is a song sung by a hip-hop group at a big awards show.
7. Speed My Love
This is a song sung by a pop-punk group at the same big awards show. During the guitar break, the lead singer jumps off stage, surfs the crowd and kisses Lily, the main character, on the mouth, before getting back on stage.
8. Who You Gonna Be? (Reprise)
Lily performs this reprise of her earlier song as a ballad at the awards show, just minutes after she learns of her mother’s death.
9. The Earthly Ones
This song, and the next, play in the aftermath of a funeral.
10. Never Been so Cold
This song plays accompanied by hallucinatory images during an overdose.
11. I Can’t Believe How Much I Love You
Played by Lily when she is reunited with her father.