Christina Aguilera Drops New Video: But Is It Too Lady Gaga-ish?

by Yvette Travillian

So yesterday Christina Aguilera dropped her new video for her first single “Not Myself Tonight” and unfortunately a lot of the blogs have been tearing her up saying that her image is too similar to that of Lady Gaga. Christina is shown in black leather undies, straddling and kissing another girl, leather chokers and so forth.  And although I do feel the video is a little Gaga-ish, I have been a Christina fan for over a decade now and in my opinion this is no different from what she would have put out five years ago. Does anyone remember her video for “Dirty” ??

Christina has always been edgy, diverse in her looks and not afraid to push boundaries. But since her hiatus from the game (due to giving birth) Gaga was able to ease on in and captivate with that same /similar image (although  a little more extreme). However, in this game if you are away from the limelight for a even a minuscule of a second, it is easy for someone to come in and steal your shine. It is definitely an open playing field. Not saying that Lady Gaga bit Christina’s style per se, but the comparisons are understandable. But hell, if we want to get super technical we can say they both bit from Grace Jones and Madonna (to name a few).

“Not Myself Tonight” was directed by Hype Williams who also directed the Lady Gaga and Beyonce video for “Video Phone”. So maybe Christina should not be getting all the blame for the similarities. As for the song itself, I wasn’t initially thrilled when I heard it a couple of months ago, but it is growing on me. The beat is kind of hot and of course Christina sounds good although she’s not flexing her vocal skills like she could. But does she really need to?

Her new album Bionic is due out June 8. Peep the video below and share your thoughts.

  • Stone

    Sigh. I read a really good crituque of Christina’s new video here:

    Essentially, to surmise it: “Christina has been around for so long, she should have enough balls about her to drive in her own lane. She doesn’t need to compete with the Gagas. She’s a pretty girl and she has one hell of a voice.”

    It’s kind of sad, particularly since Christina has always diversified herself in her career. Going extra “Dirty” then switching it up to that 40s pin-up vibe. Plus she’s a new mom and she’s about to turn 30. C’Mon!

  • ytravillian

    yeah it’s a tough call as to what kind of image she should have put out. She was quoted as saying that she is not a “soccer mom” and was not gonna come out with some sort of cleaned up image – and in a way I get it because that was never really her thing. And being 30 and having a baby doesn’t mean you have to go all matronly.

    But creatively I think she or her team behind her) could have done more to not be so Gaga-ish and come up with something a little more ‘new’.

    Hopefully she will learn from this and single #2 will be much different.

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  • CellPhish

    I just came across your post after I had posted something similar. I have a very similar outlook on it. I think that maybe it comes down to what dogs do when they pee on the same stump over and over again…. this was Christian’s turf before anyone knew who Lady GaGa was, I think she was just reminding everyone.

    Let me know what you think!

  • Just Jangles

    I think we are giving Lady Gaga waaaay too much credit here. This is not Lady Gaga- this is practically a complete rip-off of Madonna’s video “Express Yourself” from start to finish, as well as Beyonce’s video for “Green Light”. I don’t really see this as “She’s back!” I see this as recycled and reinterpreted rubbish. I at least respect Madonna as a tastemaker for “Express Yourself”.

    Honestly, I’m a bit tired of the gratuitous humping, grinding, and soft porn (Christina, Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce- I’m looking at you). This is just a sad reminder that many of today’s young women with talent feel so desperate to resort to this form of art rather than tease the masses with a genuine and witty taste in style. Take a page from the playbook of the lead singer of the Noisettes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Roisin Murphy, Janelle Monae, or icon Sade.

  • Just Jangles

    I will agree that the video is Gaga-ish for the shameless branding promotion.

  • TheeCocoaJoJo

    I co-sign what Just Jangles said in the 1st comment… but no shameless branding… I love GaGa but Grace Jones is right… she’s not original… shit is just recycled. This is a straight MADONNA rip off. They all copy what came before [Madonna, Grace Jones, hell even Cyndi Lauper] Please… re-title this post.

  • eric

    What, there’s only room for one raunchy pop star at a
    time? The video is hot, and I couldn’t turn away.

    Imagine world pea^H^H^H…a threesome with Christina & Gaga.

  • 80’schild

    well xtina’s video does have some similarities to lady gaga’s but in xtinas defence i do remember seeing a mtv interview program about what she was doing with her life & she did mention she was working & interested in euro indie industrial pop/club/electronica music & working with a scandanavian producer or group that sorta sounds like what’s playing in every club/radio station today i think that interview was like 5 years ago if im not mistaken do correct me if im wrong im not exact how long ago that interview was but i do know it was way before GAGA became the queen! poor xtina i think everybody’s just ripping her a new one p.s i love the video & the song is a real club bangger

  • Alana Stubbs

    She should never try to be Lady Gaga – Gaga is ugly and Christina is pretty. Christina should stay sexy in a beautiful way. No need for perversions and eccentric behaviour. The song is great but the video is horrible. She should not work with Gaga’s people or be anything similar to Gaga. Gaga’s songs are OK but voice range is limited and image quite pathetic but works well for masses. I hope Christina learns a lesson and turns around to something totally unlike Gaga

  • Gerard Marcum

    Christina Aguilera is so pretty.I love the way she turned out atleast she is not a screw up like Brittany.She is such a good ideal model.

  • http://1CUPCOFFEE-MAKER.COM Jewel Walkes

    Actually when people think Christina Aguilera is just doing Lady Gaga thing I think they are making mistake. She did that way before Lady Gaga. If you look at her music video for “Fighter”, Christina did the whole eccentric look before Gaga even started it.

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