They Say Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery: 14 Cases Of Pop Stars Recycling Ideas

Jul 31st, 2013 // 11 Comments

There’s nothing new under the sun. That old chestnut is particularly true of pop music. Sounds and harmonies have been recycled since Mozart sat at his piano. The same goes for fashion, styling and choreography. Sometimes the practice can be put down to paying tribute or homage. More often than not it’s a case of sticky fingers. But hey, all’s fair in love and popular music — as long as you can get away with it! See 14 notable cases of accused theft up top.

Who went too far? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. angela
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    A lot of these are completely reaching.

  2. kat
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    And the picture of gaga is Born This Way, not Judas.

  3. Commented on this photo:

    The Madonna part is not for REVOLVER it’s a backdropp of her tour in Sticky and Sweet…..

  4. Jay
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    i think taylor got more outcry from the rihanna navy for copying the “we found love” video. funnily enough, rihanna got a lot of flack from diamonds for copying marina and the diamonds’ “radioactive” video

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    You are right, Adres!

    Also, for those of you who aren’t checking facts:
    Keri Hilson released “Energy” as a single in May 2008 and then AGAIN in September 2009.
    Madonna’s album HARD CANDY (which shows her in boxing gear on the CD cover) was released in April 2008 and she started her Sticky & Sweet Tour in August (where the boxing back-drop video for “Die Another Day” was used.)

    I would say that they are TOO close in time to be copies of each other, however, Madonna already used the BOXING theme waaaay back in 1993 for the “Girlie Show Tour!”

  6. aoglet
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    Why is Britney’s In The Zone cover posted under Lady Gaga? It has nothing to do with her. Except for the fact that her monsters accuse everyone of copying her when all she ever does is copy others herself.

  7. aloha

    Actually Madonna presented men in high heels in her photo session during the 90s.

    Lady Gaga wasn’t the first one. Anyway I can’t say that Madonna invented men in high heels. It simply existed before.

  8. len sandi
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    Excuse me! Gaga is the one ripping off Madonna as Madonna did the men in heels thing waaay ahead with her 1991 Justify My Love video and more so with her 1991 “Flesh and Fantasy” Rolling Stone porfolio.

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  10. Sangson
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