ONTD Original: Male Artists Copying Each Other

Since the Internet persists on pitting successful female artists against each other, here’s a list of male artists borrowing from other colleagues.

We’ll start with the obvious one:

Robin Thicke vs. Justin Timberlake

Robin Thicke began his career with songwriting, penning some hits like ‘Love Is On My Side’ for likegunfire (Brandy). He then proceeded to achieve some moderate commercial success for his Soul music effort, ‘When I Get You Alone’ in which he sported a grunge chic look, complete with baggy clothes, long hair and a mustache.

Thicke has gone a long way since then, when he decided to chop off his luscious tresses for his second album, ‘The Evolution of Robin Thicke’ in which he adopted a more R&B sound than before. The album gave him moderate success in the Billboard charts, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts.

This year, Robin Thicke came up with a new sound that immediately drew comparisons to Justin Timberlake. His latest hit, ‘Blurred Lines,’ produced by Pharrell, earned the success that Timberlake was looking for when he released ‘Suit & Tie’, the first single from his latest effort, “The 20/20 Experience”. Timberlake apparently decided to emulate his colleague’s style by releasing a music video for ‘Tunnel Vision’ in the same fashion as Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ music video, with naked women in it.

‘Suit & Tie’ peaked at Number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, while ‘Blurred Lines’ has been sitting on the number one spot in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for weeks.

Bruno Mars vs. The Jackson 5 (Michael Jackson)

Peter Hernandez, also known as ‘Bruno Mars’ earned recognition after being featured in rapper B.o.B.’s debut single, ‘Nothin’ On You’. The singer was signed to Motown Records (The Jackson 5’s former record label) in 2004 but the deal went “nowhere”. Afterward, Mars went on to find success with Atlantic Records, label under which he released his first album effort, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’.

From early on his career, Bruno Mars has been compared to Michael Jackson, but after the release of his second album, ‘Unorthodox Jukebox,’ the similarities between both performers became more apparent. In his music video for ‘Treasure’, the singer/songwriter emulates music videos from the

OP Note: Bruno has said that the music video for ‘Treasure’ was inspired by Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘Let’s Groove’

This new sound experiment has earned Mars accolades, with critics going as far as calling Bruno Mars ‘the next Michael Jackson’.

Justin Bieber vs. Any Successful Rapper

Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber began on YouTube, where he was discovered by Scooter Braun. His career then blossomed after crooning love songs for tweens, with a clear R&B influence. Bieber released his debut single, ‘One Time,’ while he was still on the studio recording his first album. The song went on to receive positive critics, reaching commercial success in several countries.

After signing with fellow artist Usher, Bieber adopted a new style, courtesy of his “swagger coach” Ryan Good, Usher’s former assistant. Since then, Bieber maintains a reputation as pop’s bad boy, spitting from his hotel balcony to onlookers, getting hideous tattoos—a total of 16 tattoos, and peeing on restaurant mop buckets.

Chris Brown vs. Michael Jackson

Ever since Chris Brown jumped into the spotlight, he has been clearly influenced by Michael Jackson. From his elaborated choreography, to his way of singing, the performer hoped to emulate his idol back when he released his third album, ‘Graffiti’. In between albums, Brown has found himself doing tributes to Michael Jackson: first, in the 2006 MTV VMAs and second, in the 2010 BET Awards.

Brown took the fan status to another level when he sampled Michael Jackson’s ‘Human Nature’ in his song ‘She Ain’t You’.

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Honorable Mentions:

Tame Impala vs. The Beatles

Trey Songz vs. R-Kelly

The two singers had a feud some time ago, when Trey Songz claimed that R. Kelly copied Aaron Hall’s style, after people began comparing Trey Songz to R. Kelly.

Who would you add to the list, ONTD?

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