I like Lady Gaga. Part of what I like is her originality. However, her new song and video seem an obvious rehash of what we’ve seen in fellow pop icons of the past. Is she a poser who is thriving on the ideas of others or is she simply heavily influenced by those who came before?

In general terms, how far is too far in “borrowing” from other artists? Of course, copyright infringement law is specific and clear. But, I mean, from a philosophical stand-point, how should we view copying/ripping-off/mimicking another artist? Three-hundred years ago, in Western Europe, it was a supreme compliment to blatantly “steal” from another music composer. Today, you get sent to jail for such a thing.

Back to Gaga. Is “Alejandro” a case of musical and visual influence or flat-out plagiarism? Some are buzzing that her new video copies Madonna. (It is directed by Klein who directed for Madonna). Read here [http://lineout.thestranger.com/lineout/archives/2010/06/08/lady-gaga-wrestles…].

After watching the video and hearing the song, MY first thought was… Ace of Base?! The song itself verges on a remake of “Don’t Turn Around”. I dug up the 1994 – #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 – song and confirmed numerous similarities. Listen here for yourself (and ignore the silly images): [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thZIM7OlRCE].
Especially notice:-The off-beat keyboards
-The vocal production
-The melody (compare “Don’t call my name, don’t call my name…” (Gaga) with “I’m gonna be strong, I’m gonna be fine…” (Ace of Base), —The voice effect right before the chorus – complete with the music break.-Both songs use the same first word to start the chorus: “Don’t…”
Hmmmm. Maybe Gaga’s iPod was shuffling Ace of Base right before the writing session?

Watch the “Alejandro” video below (song starts at 2:15):

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