Lady Gaga Rips Off Madonna & Fakes Originality In 'Alejandro' Music Video!

Wed, June 2, 2010 10:44am EDT by 43 Comments

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Lady Gaga’s ‘original’ style seems to steal from the Material Girl yet again in her ‘Alejandro’ video – and she’s not the only one!

The just released 19 second preview for Lady Gaga‘s video ‘Alejandro’ proves yet again that music’s greatest video thief is at it again. In less than thirty seconds the pop star manages to rip off not one, not two, not three, BUT four pop video staples we have seen before! We have them listed below for you!

  1. Madonna: ‘Express Yourself’ Gaga gets started a mere one second in by showing off a wide legged paint suit with sleeveless top that looks exactly the same as Miss M’s very recognizable outfit from her iconic video.
  2. Madonna: ‘Erotic’ Just in case anyone is bored 12 seconds into the video, Lady Gaga begins cutting in with brief scenes depicting her and another man enjoying the company of one another in a somewhat rough way. Thanks for the great idea M!
  3. Madonna: ‘Vogue’ Third time’s the charm for G who, in addition to making the video black and white, finds herself in the final second of the preview with her hair slicked, wearing a long dress, surrounded by men. Very creative Gaga!
  4. Janet Jackson: ‘Rhythm Nation’ This one may be a stretch but we would like to think Gaga is an equal opportunity thief and the chorus of choreographed extras throughout the video do somewhat mirror Ms. Jackson’s signature song (and another great black and white video). Though, we could also make an argument they too are plucked from Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’ Video.

It is not that Lady Gaga’s video is bad, it looks pretty amazing and if you are going to steal, steal from the best. It just seems like it may be time for everyone to start pulling back on the notion that Ms. Gaga is a remarkably original creature. She has a long, long way to go to reach the level of both Madonna and Janet!

In her possible defense however, Gaga did hand selected Madonna’s photographer of choice to direct the video – Steven Klein. A complete knock-off may have been the goal!

-Chris Spargo

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reginarenee

Posted at 12:23 PM on June 9, 2010  

Oh! so the entertainment media! kno an C what swagger jackin, video jackin,copy kats R an who they R out their cuz U’ve point out everything on GaGa! well who the hell is Beyonce an JZ! how they made this a career 2 big brother an big sista other artist style an personality @ times when U watch them! how fake is that! low self esteem insecure jealousy all effects how U shape your true identy! I just don’t C how Beyonce got all that credit for reinventing a wheel like diddy!

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NO NO

Posted at 11:33 AM on June 9, 2010  

BUt I love gaga she changed the world for us monsters she made us feel like we could be weirdos and fat and ugly and that its okay. Im learning it was all a ploy to get us to like her. She actually made me happy now that I see this video and that she is illuminate for real its sad. I dont like her and my parents have banned her from the house and taken the concert tickets and put them on ebay for 5 dollars.

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Kristela

Posted at 12:27 PM on June 9, 2010  

“No no”: Im glad she influenced you positively and made you feel better about yourself, that’s good. The only thing most people ask for is that gaga simply gives some credit to Madonna. It’s not just a few things about this video that resemble about 10 Madonna videos, it’s gaga’s last few interviews aswell, she looks like a Madonna twin, not only looking like her, but also getting the idea you’re listening to Madonna speak, it’s weird, as if Ga has a trouble finding her own identity. Because she completely mimicked how Madonna was in interviews during the 90s. Just some credit, that’s all we’re asking.

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OMFG

Posted at 11:31 AM on June 9, 2010  

I do not like that an artist that does have some talent had to go and rip off Madonna in such a Blatant WAY! Its sad the only thing she cant rip off her is the glamour. Anyone notice how GAGA can’t touch the glamorous side of Madonna? Because she is very ugly. She does look like a bad drag queen.

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MADONNA?

Posted at 11:29 AM on June 9, 2010  

I thought it was madonna until the camera got close and I saw the face. OMG she is horrid looking! And I noticed her jiggle when she dances. She looks like a bad copy of Madonna who did everything first thats a fact. Often Immitated never Dupilcated (only knocked off) lol GAGA sucks dick!

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OMG RIP OFF

Posted at 11:27 AM on June 9, 2010  

GAGA totally lost my interest now. She totally copied her. Its not inspiration but just a cheap knockoff by a dragqueen. She look like a dude!

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jenny

Posted at 7:32 AM on June 9, 2010  

I just watched all of those videos and tbh i dont really think gaga has ‘stolen’ much, theres a mere two seconds in two of the videos which looks a tiny bit like gagas. Also, madonna, clearly stole something from michael jackson with that whole suit thing on express yourself! haha. I think madonnas boring and she should give up now, gaga is young, origional and i think everyone should let her do what she wants to do because i dont think that’s ‘stealing’.

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CM

Posted at 8:08 PM on June 7, 2010  

I cannot believe you said: “everything has been done, no one can be original…” that is SOO SAD! Gaga has broken many barriers and has been original many times… don’t give into haters, stand up for your girl! we haven’t even seen the video yet… let gaga be gaga… haters they gonna hate… don’t give in… MWA CM

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Crackerjacks

Posted at 11:21 AM on June 4, 2010  

Chris Spargo, people say I ripped off Kim Zolciak with my song, but that’s not true. Inspiration is different than copying.

Also, where is your picture?

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Aaron

Posted at 11:45 PM on June 3, 2010  

Look, on the one hand, I’ve got nothing against the idea of these girls paying homage to Madge – especially all these years later, she deserves being recognised for just how amazing she was/is. It’s just that the demographics for these new starlets are so young, they have no idea these are homages and so you have to wonder if they really are working in that way, or whether it’s a cheap way to sell someone else’s ideas to a generation who don’t realise they are someone else’s ideas.

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Martin

Posted at 10:20 PM on June 3, 2010  

Interesting…how do you know she’s lying?

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Martin

Posted at 10:14 PM on June 3, 2010  

Honestly, as far as vocal talent goes, GaGa is hands down the better of the two.

From the small snippets of each of the videos I saw by Madonna , it doesn’t seem like GaGa ripped Madonna off. Your motivation for trying to downplay GaGa’s creativity, I think, has either other motives or is a flawed argument.

Chris Spargo, I think you should consider the following point: humans, yes, each are unique, but their experiences are very often overlapping. Who’s to say that GaGa didn’t come up with this on her own? Were you there when she plotted this grand scheme of ripping a highly recognized pop artist?

GaGa is a smart woman; her work has a point, and it is definitely not to just imitate what’s occurred before.

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Bobby C

Posted at 3:22 PM on June 3, 2010  

I’m sorry, bu us little monsters aren’t idiots like wannabequeen tinks we are. we’re fully aware of the past, just like everyone else. And wh the hell would you crticize someone for being a fan? That’s so not cool. Gaga fans love her because she’s so connected to us. She cares so muh about us and we care so much about. And, Actually, Michael Jackson had said he was a fan of Lady Gaga’s before he died, and DID say he wanted to collaborate with her. Als, read/ watch your interviews, bitches. Gaga didn’t say “I have lupus!” She said she has been tested and has an aunt who died of lupus; so she’s genetically predisposed. She got tested because she’s ben having some symptoms that can be attributed to the disease.
k thx.

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ari

Posted at 6:41 AM on June 8, 2010  

Seems like you’ve gotten most of your information from that one interview with Lady Gaga & Larry King. Not very informative are you? I really hope you realize that your mind is being brainwashed with Stefani’s music. Please don’t give into the Illuminati, since you seem to be such a die hard fan of Stefani. I strongly suggest for you to stop looking at Lady Gaga/Stefani’s music in such a positive light. You seriously don’t know what kind of message she’s trying to send to you and all of her fans. Hope this made any sense.

Please don’t get the wrong impression on this comment that was replied to you, I’m just trying to help you.

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Lisa

Posted at 8:33 AM on June 3, 2010  

Someone said on this blog that Madonna struggled. She struggled alright. She struggled between in the beds of music producers, music executives, dancers, stylist’s and so on. Madonna tried to sing for people and her singing sucked and she did what worked for her the best and that was sleeping around to get ahead because no music insider wanted to sign her to their label. You people praising Madonna really need to read up on Madonna first because you sound stupid. Madonna also has copied and stolen other people’s ideas and songs and was even sued at one point.

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Sachie P.

Posted at 2:00 PM on June 3, 2010  

You sound bitter.

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southkee6

Posted at 11:51 AM on June 7, 2010  

I don’t know if she slept with execs or not, although I don’t think she did, but that alone would not have brought Madonna fame. It’s the millions and millions of fans that love her and buy her music that made her famous, not company execs. And Madonna is a great singer and dancer. She’s the best. She’s THE QUEEN OF POP.

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Lisa

Posted at 8:11 AM on June 3, 2010  

PRINCE is the last of this era. Are you on drugs when you say Madonna who can’t sing and barely dances is the last of this era. PRINCE sings live, plays all instuments, produce his own music and is a living genius. You people are on crack cocaine. Madonna was a slut and still is. She was just a slut who got lucky. Micheal Jackson and Madonna is what’s wrong with these young artist today coming up. Some of them are lazy. The late Micheal Jackson and Madonna taught these young artist how to lipsync and hop around to every hot producer to make their records, whereas PRINCE sings live and produces his own music. I like GAGA way better than Madonna.

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ZuZu

Posted at 1:36 PM on June 3, 2010  

Yeah, but Prince is a Funk master, more Rock n Roll……he is not a little pop twinkie. Hate to break it to you, but alot of people in the entertainment industry have many sexual partners on their way to the top. Could Prince have had? Perish the thought, he is the patron saint of music.

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Sachie P.

Posted at 2:01 PM on June 3, 2010  

You bias is obvious. You probably have a little dried up peen. lol

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Your_wrong

Posted at 1:44 AM on June 3, 2010  

Excuse me but if you take your head out of Madonnas ass hole for a second you would realize that Janet started the Black and white video theme with her control album in 1986 with “Lets wait awhile” shot in all black in white before Madonna ever even thought of a Vouge or express yourself. Also “Rhythm Nation” video was shot and released in black in white way before Madonna released EY and V so Madonna is a video concept jacker just like Gaga. Do your reasarch before trying to saying Janet coppied Madonna.

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tina

Posted at 5:55 AM on June 3, 2010  

You’re the one who got it wrong. Madonna did Borderline in 1984 in color/black n white two years earlier than Janet.
There are two kinds of women in pop music today. Those who came before Madonna and those who came after.

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John

Posted at 11:09 AM on June 3, 2010  

Thank you! For all of you M haters…. get a life!

 
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Sachie P.

Posted at 1:48 PM on June 3, 2010  

No, you’re kind of retarded. Madonna did Borderline in ’83 and Cherish in ’85.

You’re girl Gaga won’t be around in two years! Then we can celebrate her four years at the top.

I loved her Joan Rivers meets Chris Croker look on Larry King the other night. Enjoyed her lies about Lupus and MJ. Who lies about having Lupus? Your HERO does! Suck on that. ; )

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Aaron

Posted at 11:47 PM on June 3, 2010  

You’re wrong… Cherish was in 1989, it’s off the Like A Prayer album.

 
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WannaBeQueen

Posted at 12:50 AM on June 3, 2010  

Gaga has ripped off Madonna & Roisin Murphy. And I absolutely agree with the other poster who said her fan base does not know any better. Madonna is truly the Queen. She is ‘Royalty’ and Roisin Murphy, epic style, original music and not mainstream enough so she was back handed and ripped off for her original style by Gaga. Gaga is not the Queen of Pop as her fans dub her. Theres only one Queen: Madonna. And this is even coming from someone who does not even care too much for Madonna. But i’m not gonna sell her short of her accomplishments. Its Madonna’s world still. She owns.

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Popqueen

Posted at 11:11 PM on June 2, 2010  

Only Madonna can do creative stuff because she is inspired by other artists and at the same time, she makes them personal! Im not sure that people will remember this video in 5 years.

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Kimberly

Posted at 11:08 PM on June 2, 2010  

Thanks for calling this out. Gaga has been copying from David Bowie, Roisin Murphy, Peaches, Madonna and others. Just because her fans weren’t familiar with the work of these type of people, they thought she was the most original person ever created on the face of the Earth. They claim that she did everything first, but you can go back through the work of even many current artists to see where they did stuff before Gaga and now she’s doing it after them. I’m glad that somebody is finally giving her fans a reality check.

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Annoyed

Posted at 6:06 PM on June 2, 2010  

HA! puh-lease! Gaga is da best EVA!

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tina

Posted at 5:52 PM on June 2, 2010  

total rip-off!!!!!

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Chuckjones

Posted at 5:51 PM on June 2, 2010  

Can’t wait to rip into Gaga, eh? How ridiculous. Why is it that for the haters, Gaga is the only one who has to be totally original with everything? Gaga has contributed to the body of performance art, and has been faithful in citing inspirations and references. Madonna herself has used many ideas that she did not originate. So what? Every artist stands on the shoulders of giants. If every artist had to be totally original, art would shrivel. Art is important when it inspires other artists to take an idea and add their twist to it.

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Fail Defense

Posted at 1:01 AM on June 3, 2010  

I don’t hate Gaga, but seriously I find her to to nothing more than a copy cat. Madonna was different. She struggled and never stopped. She wanted to rule the world as she said in 1983 and from the throne beside MJ’s empty place sits Madonna alone. She is the very last of an era that made music history and made MTV what it was. Gaga has not done enough to be equal to MJ or Madonna. If she’s around in 20 years then I’ll give it to her. Until then, prove your the real deal Ms.Gaga.

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Lisa

Posted at 8:00 AM on June 3, 2010  

Madonna Slept her way to the top if thats yor ideal of a legend than so be it.

 
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southkee6

Posted at 11:41 AM on June 7, 2010  

Madonna did not sleep with her millions of fans. You cannot “sleep” your way to the level of success that Madonna has.

 
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Lisa

Posted at 2:53 PM on June 2, 2010  

Gaga is so sweet and nice. Gaga already said how she loves Madonna and thinks the world of her. If Gaga’s new video is like Madonna’s old videos, SO WHAT!! This only helps Madonna by keeping Madonna’s name revelent unlike Christina Aguilera making that lame joke of a music video called I’m not myself tonight. If you are going to copy someone at least make it a great imitation. This new Gaga video looks fabulous. Madonna should be proud if people say Gaga is the new Madonna. Gaga and Madonna are both full blooded Italians and even Gaga herself said Gaga’s mother looks like Madonna. We love you Gaga. Keep doing your things. Its working girl.

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Markiy

Posted at 8:16 PM on June 2, 2010  

So because they’re both Italian, it’s ok to rip her off? LOL, your too much! It’s bad enough the song is a blatant rip off of Ace of Base, the video could atleast attempt at originality.

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Maeve

Posted at 2:42 PM on June 2, 2010  

I just don’t get you guys !
your all for K- Stew but she is one of the biggest bitches alive! she doesn’t even have time for her fans and is incredible ungrateful to the people who have made her famous! And you keep making her out like she is super sweet and nice girl! And Lady Gaga she is so sweet and would do anything for her fans and you just keep hating one her !
I just don’t get it
That you can find your way out of k-Stew ass every morning!
surprises me every day that you can find your way out!

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just my opinion

Posted at 1:46 PM on June 2, 2010  

Meh, they are both hacks. But they make a fortune doing it so what do they care?

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VeryFunny

Posted at 1:09 PM on June 2, 2010  

Madonna ripped off many, many people over her career, both famous and not so famous, including actresses and songwriters who didn’t receive credit. Madonna stole fashions, looks, and hair styles from Debbie Harry of Blondie, Marlene Dietrich, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe and others.

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, I really don’t remember too many journalists mentioning or criticizing Madonna for her numerous thefts.

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Hmmm

Posted at 10:54 PM on June 2, 2010  

Well you didn’t consider than when Madonna did it, it was fresh and new. There was no female pop star who did what Madonna did in her videos. Madonna didn’t copy a singer who came before her…She payed tribute to Hollywood screen icons. There lies the reason why Madonna isn’t called a thief. There wasn’t a female pop star before her who she copied.

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WannaBeQueen

Posted at 12:55 AM on June 3, 2010  

Debbie Harry? You can’t be serious. LOL She has little to do with Madonna at all. I’ve followed music history/culture/wtv you want to call it; Madonna was stronger. Failed. Came Back. Madonna was more punk rock that people would ever say for her resistance and she continues to this day. She fights. And she fights hard. Debbie Harry was in charge of her own career and well…no one cares. Fail.

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