Monthly Archives: June 2011

New Project Idea: The Gaga Plagiarism List

So, how about a little site project?

As I re-listen to Born This Way, I can’t help but notice that almost every track has obvious influences — sometimes a bit too obvious. “Born This Way,” of course, infamously rips off “Express Yourself.” But who is talking about how “Highway Unicorn” directly rips off “Poker Face”? Have many people mentioned the striking similarities between “Electric Chapel” and Kylie Minogue’s “Cupid Boy”?

My own musical taste is probably too narrow to successfully point out all of the examples of rip-offs and questionable lines on the album. I’ve got a few more examples in the wings, but I want to see what you guys can come up with, too. When I make this list, I’ll categorize the various examples into ‘slam-dunk,’ ‘a bit suspicious,’ and ‘likely coincidental.’ I’d say that “Born This Way”/”Express Yourself” is a slam-dunk example of a rip-off, while the oft-cited Kelly Clarkson comparisons in “Edge of Glory” are likely coincidental.

At any rate, let me see the best examples of what your ear heard. We’ll turn this into a master list and spread it around the stan world.

Lady Gaga’s Trashy Nip Slip Raises Eyebrows

I’m a day late to this, but I’d be remiss not to mention it.

Wearing a positively ghastly get-up, Lady Gaga revealed a bit more than she bargained for while preparing to accept an award honoring her as some sort of ‘style icon’:

Yikes.

Born This Way Second-Week Sales Nosedive

Damn! With sales of only 169,000, Gaga’s sales have plummeted an astonishing 85%.  The decline from her real sales — about 700,000 — is normal and on par with albums like Femme Fatale. But with the Amazon deal, Gaga faces some embarrassing publicity ahead.

Second-Week “Born This Way” Sales Take a Massive Plummet

Damn:

While it’s too early to gauge exactly how many copies “Born This Way” will move in week number two, estimates suggest it could sell around 200,000 by June 5. While that would represent a staggering drop from her No. 1 debut, it’s not unusual to see albums that are heavily front-loaded in terms of first-week sales fall off a cliff in their second week.

From 1.1 million, 200,000 would represent a staggering 82% drop.

I’m not sure if that sets any particular record, but, thanks to the Amazon deal, that’s much higher than the standard 60-70% drop that most big-name albums experience in their second week.

Thoughts?