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    Updated on Aug 13, 2020. Posted on Aug 10, 2020

    16 Hidden Details In Popular Songs That I Find Unbelievably Interesting

    Did you know Madonna sampled ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" for her 2005 hit "Hung Up"?

    1. In Beyoncé's music video "Hold Up," which was released two months after the "Formation" video, we learned that the hot sauce she was singing about was actually a bat.

    Beyonce singing, "I got hot sauce in my bag, swag;" Beyonce holding a bat behind her arms that reads: "Hot Sauce"
    Parkwood / Columbia

    2. Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, who used to date in the early 2010s, both released music videos this year featuring a grand piano overflowing with water.

    Republic / Columbia / Erskine

    3. If you listen to "Hung Up" by Madonna closely, you can hear she sampled the iconic ABBA bop "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)."

    Warner Records / Olle Lindeborg / Getty Images

    4. In Normani and Megan Thee Stallion's "Diamonds" video, Normani reenacted Marilyn Monroe's legendary "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — from the iconic pink dress to the background dancers in suits.

    Normani singing: "I love me this much, my pear shape all dripped up." Marilyn Monroe singing: "Square-cut or pear-shaped, these rocks don't lose their shape. Diamonds are a girl's best friend"
    Atlantic / 20th Century Fox

    5. Childish Gambino's "Feels Like Summer" video featured famous hip-hop artists and Black figures, including Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj. In the video, Scott tore down Minaj's tower of blocks, which was most likely a reference to their 2018 feud.

    Nicki Minaj tweeting: "I put my blood, sweat, and tears in writing a dope album, only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling people to come see her and Stormi. I'm actually laughing"
    Wolf+Rothstein / Liberator Music / RCA / Twitter: @NICKIMINAJ / Via Twitter: @NICKIMINAJ

    6. Childish Gambino also featured the Smith family, celebrating the impact they've had in the music business.

    Will Smith washing a car, Jaden Smith doing karate, and Willow Smith playing tug of war
    Wolf+Rothstein / Liberator Music / RCA

    7. At the end of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain on Me" video, they switched hairstyles and emulated each other's signature looks.

    Ariana Grande dancing without her pony tail, Lady Gaga dancing with a pony tail
    Interscope / Kevin Winter / Presley Ann / Getty Images

    8. In most of Missy Elliott's music videos from the early 2000s, she displayed beautiful images and portraits of deceased R&B singer Aaliyah to honor her musical legacy.

    Portraits of Aaliyah on a car, on a garage door, and in a picture frame
    Goldmind / Elektra / Atlantic

    9. In "I Love Me" by Demi Lovato, she made a ton of references to earlier moments from her career, including the legendary Disney Channel flick Camp Rock with the Jonas Brothers.

    Demi Lovato walking down the street and admiring a younger version of herself during the "Camp Rock" days
    Hollywood Records / Disney Channel

    10. At the 2019 Grammys, Alicia Keys actually paid tribute to iconic jazz pianist Hazel Scott when she played two pianos at the same time.

    Alicia Keys playing a white piano and a black piano at the same time; Hazel Scott playing a white piano and a black piano at the same time in "The Heat's On"
    CBS / Columbia Pictures

    11. On the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, Old Hollywood star Shirley Temple can be seen three times.

    The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album cover, featuring various celebrities -- including Shirley Temple three times in the front row
    Parlophone

    12. When Beyoncé honored Tina Turner at the Kennedy Center in 2005, she rocked the famous flame dress Turner was known for wearing in the late '70s.

    Beyoncé singing in flame dress at the Kennedy Center; Tina Turner singing in the flame dress in the late '70s on a TV show
    CBS / Rai TV

    13. "Barbie Girl" by Aqua wasn't a clean-cut pop song about Barbie dolls — if you look up the lyrics, it was actually about sex.

    Aqua singing: "Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky, you can touch, you can play."
    Universal / MCA

    14. In Erykah Badu's music video for "Honey," she re-created famous album covers by popular artists, including Diana Ross's Blue.

    Erykah Badu's homage to Diana Ross's "Blue," entitled "Imma Boss Boo"
    Universal Motown / Motown

    15. The Fugees' popular song "Killing Me Softly" was actually a sample of another hip-hop hit from six years earlier: "Bonita Applebum" by A Tribe Called Quest.

    Lauryn Hill singing: "Strumming my pain with his fingers;" A Tribe Called Quest rapping: "Bonita Applebum, you gotta put me on"
    Ruffhouse / Jive Records

    16. And in Taylor Swift's 2020 video "The Man," she made a subtle nod to Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.

    Taylor Swift spreading her arms out while the office applauds her; Jordan Belfort walking into the office while the office applauds him
    Republic / Paramount Pictures

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