NPR Deconstructs Alejandro – From Gaga to Gregorian Chants?

Lady Gaga Alejandro
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I love NPR and I love Lady Gaga. Some of the banter in this quick sound click discussing what helped influence the sound of Alejandro I can see but others, I can’t. There is a Mashup of Ace of Base’s “Don’t Turn Away” below, where you can judge for yourself. But the greatest similarity in my opinion is the word “Don’t”.  I agree with them on Isla Bonita but only because of constant comparisons to Madonna. And Shakira‘s “Whatever, Whenever”, I don’t think so.

I do agree with them few things are truly original. Everything is influenced in some ways by something from a the past. And it’s interesting how they tie Gaga’s Alejandro to Gregorian Chants!

Here’s what NPR had to say:

Pop songs are never born in vacuums, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth pointing out the resemblance between Lady Gaga’s current Top 10 hit “Alejandro” and Ace of Base’s “Don’t Turn Around,” which the Swedish act took to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. “Don’t Turn Around” had actually been kicking around for nearly 10 years before Ace of Base took its turn with it. The song was co-written by Diane Warren — the songwriting workhorse whose repertoire includes Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and Milli Vanilli‘s “Blame It on the Rain” — in the 1980s for Tina Turner, who gave it a torchy spin. It was later covered by the British reggae group Aswad, whose version hit the top of the U.K. charts in 1988.

Read the full article: Lady Gaga vs. Ace of Base

Listen to the quick clip:

Listen to the Ace of Base/Gaga Mashup:

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  • Scott Spiegel

    Ace of Base, ABBA, Madonna–Express Yourself, Like a Prayer, Live to Tell, Vogue, Erotica, Evita, Justify My Love, Human Nature–Citizen Kane, Cabaret, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Matrix, Bob Fosse, Janet Jackson… and on and on and on…

    • John

      Wow, you think it sounds like all of these?