FAIL: Lady Gaga (Again), Take That, Pogues, Paste Magazine
Fans Upset Because They Won't Get to See Their Crappy Boy Band: We're not sure who to side with on this one. On the one hand, we despise scalpers and other scam artists of Jason Debney's type. Debney screwed a lot of people out of their money by selling them fake concert tickets online.
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However, those concert tickets were to see Take That, a British boy band made up of dudes now pushing 40, so we can't help but feel, deep down, like they kind of deserved what they got. It doesn't make us think Debney is any less of a prick, but if you're willing to throw your money away on Take That tickets, maybe you shouldn't have it anymore.
Lady Gaga Straight-Up Ripped Off Ace of Base: Lady Gaga's performance-artist-style conceit of immolating the concept of fame from the inside out may make her popular among both the masses and hipsters, but her hipster cred suffered a major blow this week when it was revealed that her hit song "Alejandro" is pretty much exactly "Don't Turn Around" by Ace of Base with an updated synthesizer.
Both songs feature reggae-style rhythms with the melodies on the upbeat, and both songs even have brief spoken introductions in weird accents, though Ace of Base's accent is genuine while Gaga's is some kind of bizarre affectation. The most distressing thing about this is many Rocks Off staffers have already proclaimed our love for "Alejandro," so that pretty much means we're Ace of Base fans, too.
So now we either genuinely like Ace of Base, which is bad, or we ironically like Ace of Base, which is worse. Thanks for the no-win situation, Lady Gaga.