We all thought she was just blatantly ripping off Madonna, but according to Korean pop group SNSD, she stole the sound for “Born This Way” from them.
The YouTube video below alternates between Gaga’s “Born This Way” and SNSD’s “Be Happy,” which as released a full year before Gaga’s song. SNSD says that, in addition to biting their beats, Gaga’s song has an almost identical message.
You’ll have to watch the video and decide for yourself if Gaga is ripping off SNSD, but I’m going to throw this out there: Since when does ANY pop music sound all that different than other pop music. Sure, there are similarities to be found, but I bet you could find similarities between two of even the most random pop songs on the radio. Most Top 40 hits are just canned beats shuffled around, it seems.
What do you think of the comparison? Are you convinced Lady Gaga is a plagiarist, or do you think that everyone’s kind of an accidental plagiarist these days?
You’ve all had your chance to weigh in on Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” and the majority of you guys are not fans. And if you hate Lady Gaga, then I know who you just have to adore – Katy Perry!*
For what it’s worth, I like this version more than the original. Then again, it doesn’t make me feel like I’m right on the brink of having a seizure for four straight minutes like Lady Gaga’s music does. How do you guys feel about Katy Perry’s cover?
*Of course I’m joking. It’s sort of an “all or nothing” thing with these ladies, right? I’ve never heard of someone being like “Oh, Lady Gaga, fuck her, she’s worthless. Hey, can you put on “California Gurls?”
“I’m actually quite obsessed with unicorns. They are in essence a mythical creature. The unicorn is born magical and it’s not the unicorn’s fault and it doesn’t make it any more or less special or any less unique but it can’t help that it was born with that magic. I had My Little Ponies. I was obsessed with the idea of a creature that was born with something magical that sort of made them the misfit in the world of the stallion.”
Lady Gaga stepping off a plane dressed in something outrageous is nothing new. In fact, it’s pretty much what we’ve grown to expect. Still, she somehow always manages to top herself, and the outfit she was wearing when she arrived in freezin’ cold Toronto yesterday is a perfect example. You guys? These shoes? How do they work? I think I know some things about the human body and gravity that tell me that it’s physically impossible to walk with just the heel of your foot on a platform.
Oh, and then there’s the fact that she’s not wearing a real shirt, but that’s like, “no duh” at this point.
I’m thinking in a weird way I might dig this? It reminds me of Rihanna for some reason and it’s so much better than when she’s draped in stinky cold meat.
I’ve said it over and over again: Lady Gaga impresses me, but her music sucks. It sounds like the cheesy music you’re subjected to in a Montreal disco, not like something we’d have as a number one hit in the States. But you guys? I am really blown away by the a capella version of her new hit “Born This Way” at Madison Square Garden last night. So what if the song is a ripoff of “Express Yourself”? You guys, she was born that way and I’m feelin’ it!
Tell me I’m not alone. Let me know your current stance on Gaga and “Born This Way” in the comments and by voting in the poll.
By now you’ve all heard Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” (click through to listen) and you’ve also probably heard that tons of people are up in arms over the fact that it appears to sound awful lot like Madonna’s classic hit “Express Yourself” (click through to listen.)
The songs have similar messages, similar beats and a similar overall sound, but can’t that be said of almost all pop music? I remember my mom telling me when I was growing up that nearly everything I listened to sounded repetitive, so maybe that’s just how our ears start to work when we get older.
I’ve listened to both songs back-to-back and while there’s no doubt that certain parts sound almost exactly the same to me, I’m not sure I look at this as stealing. More like borrowing with a dash of reinterpretation. And that’s allowed, right?
Let me know what you think about this in the comments and by voting in the poll.
Do you think "Born This Way" sounds too much like "Express Yourself"?
I was reading through all the Lady Gaga coverage out there today when I saw this piece about an interview the singer recently did with Anderson Cooper. In it Gaga reveals that she thinks that deep down all the public wants is to see her not just fail, but to die of a drug overdose.
Lady Gaga, whose new single Born This Way was released today online, said: “That’s what everyone wants to know, right? What’s she gonna look like when she dies? What’s she gonna look like when she’s overdosed on whatever they think I’m overdosing on? Everybody wants to see the decay of the superstar.”
When asked by interviewer Anderson Cooper: “Do you think people wanna see your decay?” the singer replies: “What? Of course they do. They wanna see me fail, they wanna see me fall on stage, they wanna see me vomiting out of a nightclub. I mean, isn’t that the age that we live in? That we wanna see — people who have it all lose it all? I mean, it’s — it’s dramatic. And it’s…”
“And then climb their way back,” Cooper interjected.
“Right. It’s a movie,” Gaga responded. “And — and yet I just am not like that on — on my own time. … I’m not a vomit in the club kind of girl.”
Normally I think that Lady Gaga is pretty intelligent sounding, but this is just fucking ridiculous. Who does she think she is? Britney Spears in 2008? I’m pretty sure that no one out there thinks she’s going to have a River Phoenix-style death. If anything, one of those massive sparkly things she’s always wearing on her head might snap her neck, but a drug overdose?
Sounds like her own paranoia over some secret habits is poking it’s ugly little head out and giving itself away.