These two ladies have been making a lot of noise these days, and not necessarily good buzz. First up is accused copycat, Christina Aguilera. They claim she ripped everyone off, from Madonna to Lady Gaga. And not just the music, but the video as well. Give it a watch and judge for yourself:
Not Myself Tonight – Christina Aguilera
In the Britney-Christina battle in their heyday in the early 2000’s, I have always been on Christina’s side. I’m not a fan of either lady, but between them, I just felt Christina had better vocals than Britney. True, she was always on the skanky side of the taste-spectrum, but she was vocally superior and that was that. But I must say, the video really took liberally from many artists, especially from Madonna. The monocle scene was for sure from the “Express Youself” video, and many images were cribbed from the “Human Nature” video as well, even the licking from a saucer shtick. And the strange S&M look was very Gaga, I must say. I guess after Gaga, after she raised the weirdness bar so high, everything else will look sane, next to her madness. But I strike it down more to bad timing than being a copycat. Now is a bad time to out-Gaga, Lady Gaga. You just won’t succeed. But to be fair, Christina had explored many weird looks in her time. I remember this really weird look of hers during a performance during an awards show, and the story was, her hairdresser warned her that if she treated her hair one more time, she could lose all of her hair. But for the sake of her new look, she ordered her hairdresser to forge ahead! So it’s not like Gaga has the monopoly on skirting the edge.
But I must say, she has a bee-yotch side (well, depends if you see the comment as a joke or as a barb disguised as a joke):
Next up is Miley Cyrus. She shocked many fans and parents of fans when she released the video of her first single from the upcoming album of the same name, “Can’t Be Tamed”. It features a racier version of Miley Cyrus, with sexy outfits, sexy moves, and sexy everything. Not exactly Hannah Montana:
Can’t Be Tamed – Miley Cyrus
Given the heat she got, Miley explained that the song encompasses the theme of this new stage in her career. She can’t be tamed to do what people expect her to do. So she will make the songs she wants to make and act in movies she wants to act in. I guess it’s her version of Janet Jackson’s “Control”, when the shy Jackson burst free from her squeaky-clean image and dived headfirst into a new-found artistic and sexual freedom. For me, I don’t see the big deal. After Christina’s video in this Age of Gaga, the video looks very tame, ironically.