Headphones endorsed by celebrities have been big moneymakers, with uniquely-styled models giving starry-eyed consumers a way to declare their support for artists.
This year, even more are being released, with many of them unveiled at this week’s CES in Las Vegas.
One of the main companies responsible for these artist-edition headphones is Beats by Dr. Dre, having kick-started the recent celebrity headphone craze just on two years ago.
In 2010, Lady Gaga attended CES to announce her own range of Beats earphones, “Heart Beats.”
Beats currently also has headphone models endorsed by hip-hop artists Dr. Dre and Sean “Diddy” Combs, as well as Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.
This year, Beats has unveiled a model of headphone made in collaborate with fashion designer Oscar de la Renta: it’s purple, fluffy, and works with an iPhone. It’s also priced at almost $700 in America, but as we already know, fashion always comes at a cost.
It’s not just Beats By Dre that’s pushing out artist-inspired earbuds and cans. Parent company Monster is really working the celebrity angle, grabbing ’70s soul trio Earth, Wind and Fire and making a set of in-ear phones inspired by their band.