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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pop Conspiracy: Rihanna's "Disturbia" Video Vs. Pet Shop Boys' "Yesterday When I Was Mad"

Rihanna's "Disturbia" video just popped up on YouTube but will probably get yanked soon. It's directed by David LaChapelle, and is slightly reminiscent of Pet Shop Boys' 1994 clip for "Yesterday When I Was Mad," in that they both quite literally deal with mental anguish and madness. Apparently Chris Brown, who co-wrote "Disturbia," had originally planned to record the song himself for Exclusive, but felt it needed a female voice.

It all sort of makes sense now, given Chris' idolization of Michael Jackson, and how much I initially thought "Disturbia" sounded like a modern day "Thriller" before I knew he wrote it.

I have to say, I really admire how much Chris Brown and Rihanna are changing the sound of American pop.

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  • At 8:45 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    talking of conspiracies (ooo x files out soon!) what about erasure's voulez vous and keane's is it any blunder? Or am I like so 3 years too late!

  • At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That video seems to rip off Madonna's X-static Process video that opened the ReInvention tour....


  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger John said…

    I like the video, but once again, it seems like someone else is crafting her image. Do we even know if she's even got an "artistic vision"?

    Sorry...I came off the medication yesterday. This giving a crap about substance will pass eventually.

  • At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's also a blatant rip off of Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People & Tourniquet. Matter of fact, a blatant rip off of all things Marilyn Manson pre Rachel Wood.

  • At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    New PC: Jordon Sparks - One Step At A Time vs. Kylie -All I See


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