In a new interview with Ryan Seacrest, Lovato revealed that she worked on the song with Max Martin. The Swedish music producer has written songs for everyone from the Backstreet Boys to Britney Spears.
Critics on Twitter were quick to accuse Lovato of ripping off Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” and UK singer Jessie J’s song “Domino.”
Well guess what? Martin produced all three, and they bear his signature style. He’s best known for a danceable, keyboard-driven sound that blends pop and rock.
If you listen closely enough, Lovato’s song also has strains similar to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” Both are also Martin creations.
Martin is also the creative force behind Pink’s “So What, Spears’ “Hold It Against Me, Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off, and even Maroon 5’s “One More Night.”
In fact he only trails Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon for the most No. 1 songs on the singles charts.
So don’t be too shocked if you discern similarities between songs sung by Lovato and Perry, or Jessie J.
In this case, we side with Lovato; the songs are different enough. What they share in common are the same formulaic parameters that constitute most pop music today. And that’s no surprise.
Pull back the curtain and the same producers are creating much of the music. No wonder it all sounds the same. The songs are specifically written to be as radio friendly as possible to maximize their chances for commercial success.
Not surprisingly, when Lovato was asked about her new sound on Seacrest’s show, she repeated Martin’s mantra almost word-for-word.
“There’s a balance here of rock and pop,” said Seacrest right on cue. “That’s the vibe I’m getting.”
“Yeah, it definitely is,” Lovato replied.
“The trickiest part about making this song was trying not to make it too rock so it could still go mainstream [radio] and not make it too pop where it’s no longer rock anymore.”
And what do you get? Another homogeneous pop song.
Lovato’s new song from her upcoming album was officially released today (July 1).
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