After nearly enough time to relegate her to irrelevance (so, approximately two years), Lady Gaga has returned to the spotlight with the release of her music video for "Applause," the first single off her forthcoming fourth studio album, ARTPOP. The video — released on Good Morning America Monday morning — holds to Gaga's usual recipe of barely-there ensembles, crazy make-up, and psychadelic visuals. But it also looks a tad, dare we say it, derivative.
Gaga has gotten flack in the past for seemingly emulating the pop divas who paved her way (just ask a Madonna fan, he/she'll tell you), but the "Applause" video seems to go beyond that. Rather than an accidental similarities, the video seems to purposefully pay homage to artists who came before — or at least, we hope it's on purpose. From the aforementioned Madonna to other music idols such as Cher and David Bowie (whom Gaga also sounds like in certain verses), Gaga's influences are widereaching; she even appears to borrow from Rennaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. With an album name like ARTPOP, it's not surprising she would want to tip her hat to inspirational artists of the past and present — so that's the reason we're going with here. There are just too many similarities, listed below, for this to be a coincidence...
MADONNA'S "VOGUE" MUSIC VIDEO
JANET JACKSON ON THE COVER OF ROLLING STONE
CHER IN MERMAIDS
SANDRO BOTICELLI'S THE BIRTH OF VENUS
JAMBI THE GENIE FROM PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE
INGAR BERGMAN'S THE SEVENTH SEAL
YOKO ONO'S OPENING CEREMONY CLOTHING LINE
ROCK STAR ALICE COOPER
MILEY CYRUS' "CAN'T BE TAMED" MUSIC VIDEO
HEATH LEDGER'S JOKER IN THE DARK KNIGHT
And there you have it. Did we miss any?