Friday, November 21, 2008

"Christina Aguilera is not Lady Gaga" - by Tregg

I can't believe I'm actually interested in this enough to write about it, but I can only read for so long without commenting on this subject.

I'm sure by the end of this blog, I will have made Perez seem as definitive as a real news source.  In actuality, I feel a lot of people share his point of view, but at the end of the day I may represent  the status quo more so than he.  We'll see.  Ladies and gentleman, I present to you:  Loves It Or Hates It:  Christina v. Lady Gaga.

For those who aren't familiar with the debate, let me break it down.  Christina Aguilera has come out with this "future" theme (see "This Video is Trash:  Keeps Gettin' Better") which is very similar to Lady Gaga's current album "The Fame."

Perez is assembling an argument saying that Lady Gaga is the innovator and Christina Aguilera is the copy-cat.  Again, I will preface by saying I don't really care, and I do like both of them.  However, I find it funny how he holds Lady Gaga in such high esteem considering her infancy in the music industry.  I'd be willing to bet Christina was conceptualizing this new look and new sound around the same time as Lady Gaga or perhaps before.

It's like when a new product comes out on the market, and in a month you get a different manufacturer making virtually the same thing.  Capitalism at its finest.  It may seem like the latter company ripped off the former, but most likely the product was being developed long before.

This is where I take my stand for Christina.  She's been in the music industry for almost 10 years.  (Don't even get me started on her saying months ago it's already been ten years.  I remember hearing "Genie in a Bottle" along with "Sometimes" by Britney Spears on the radio.  "Genie" was Christina's first song, "Sometimes" was Britney's second.  Britney is celebrating her 10 years right now.  But I digress.)  

I find it funny that Perez, and I'm assuming many other people, are dissing Christina.  I'm not hating on Lady Gaga, but let's be real, she's been on the scene for all of a hot minute, and yes the similarities are obvious, I don't want to call Christina a copy-cat based on some pictures and songs that Lady Gaga released slightly ahead of Christina.

Christina is much more industry savvy and since her last album was retro-themed, this futuristic music and styling seems a natural next step.  

I can feel myself going into a slippery slope of redundancy right about now, so I will cut myself off.  Besides, I'm still jamming to "Poker Face."

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