In conversations about Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, whoever, it’s important to remember that a lot of these artists aren’t just influenced by each other: they’re working from material created by a number of acknowledged master pop songwriters. And in some cases, they’re working on material created by each other. I keep forgetting that Lady Gaga originally wrote “Telephone” for Britney Spears before recording it herself, and now Perez Hilton has a demo of a very auto-tuned Britney doing the song. I honestly can’t tell if I like Gaga’s version better because I’m used to it, or because it is better, or if both versions heard in conjunction expose the song’s essential mediocrity.
It’s My Favorite Song They’re Gonna Play