5 famous idols who used secret pseudonyms to write music

For many different reasons, some famous artists have used other pseudonyms when composing music. Have you already know all these people?

Taylor Swift under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg

Taylor Swift is a talented musician, and sometimes she wants to hide her name from public opinion. "This Is What You Came For" is a song by Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris, with guest vocalist Rihanna. The song quickly became a world music hit when it debuted, also the source of scandals of Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift.

Accordingly, Taylor changed her name when composing this song. Selecting the name Nils Sjoberg, she contributed to making this hit. It also opened up a heated debate between Taylor and Calvin, and the victory belongs to Taylor.


The Rolling Stones under the pseudonym Nanker Phelge

In the early days, The Rolling Stones band often composed songs under the pseudonym Nanker Phelge. Sometimes, the pseudonym was usually Nanker or Phelpe, but actually, the whole band collaborated on producing songs. This pseudonym has appeared no less than 16 songs.


Harry Styles under the pseudonym Mick Greenberg

Though it’s not sure, many people assume that Harry Styles has another pseudonym, Mick Greenberg. In 2014, pop duo Alex & Sierra released a song called "I Love You", and they told Entertainment Tonight that: "We said that Mick Greenberg wrote it. That's what we said, that's all we know... ".

For One Direction’s fans, they immediately turned to Harry's words. Harry Styles told Radio 1's Scott Mills, sometimes he used the name Mick Green to check in the hotel.

In 2015, MTV channel reporters searched the ASCAP website to find materials related to songs written by Mick Greenberg. They discovered 35 songs related to Greenberg, 13 of which could be composed by former One Direction member- Harry Styles.

Prince under the pseudonyms Alexander Nevermind, Christopher, Joey Coco


After the legend Prince passed away, his albums were not only rediscovered, but people also searched for other precious jewels that he deliberately hided. Most of them are the most famous nicknames or birth name of Prince.

In 1984, he wrote the song "Sugar Walls" for Sheena Easton with the pseudonym Alexander Nevermind. Two years later, he composed the song "Manic Monday" with the pseudonym Christopher. Both songs reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, Prince had some songs composed under the pseudonym Joey Coco like "You’re My Love" performed by Kenny Rogers.

Elton John under the pseudonym Ann Orson


It seems that Elton John is considered a male artist who likes to hide his career. Most of Elton's famous songs were written with lyricist Bernie Taupin: the two met after both failed the audition for Liberty Records. Normally, Bernie wrote the lyrics, gave them to Elton, and Elton John wrote the melody.

John wrote a song for a duet with Kiki Dee called "Don Don't Go Breaking My Heart" under the pseudonym, Ann Orson. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was the first number one single in the UK for both John and Kiki Dee, topping the charts for six weeks in mid-1976. It also became his sixth No. 1 single in the United States, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, and got a platinum certificate.

By: Jimmy Saunders

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