Last week I wrote a post about the Australian success of "On The Floor" and briefly mentioned the similarities between J Lo's worldwide chart topper and Kat DeLuna's... top 20 Belgian smash "Party O'Clock". Well, time has come to weigh in on the biggest scandal to rock popular music since Janet edited Khia out of her "So Excited" video for being too beautiful. This is tough because I love them. On one hand, seeing Jenny back at number one after half a decade of flopdom makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. On the other, Kat's entire career has been a flop. Seriously, when is this poor bitch gonna get a break? My sympathies are split, so let's look at the facts:
1. Ms DeLuna did it first. "Party O'Clock" was released in Belgium last October, while "On The Floor" leaked in early January.
2. RedOne produced both tracks and is known for re-using hot beats the way most of us recycle paper.
3. The Dominican diva is an international superstar, so it's thoroughly plausible that J Lo heard the track and shot RedOne a text saying "omg party oclock iz so dope kat deluna 4eva!" and he misinterpreted her honest intentions.
You don't have to be Detective La Toya to see that this is all RedOne's fault. It's not cool to recycle a song and give it to someone else - even if it is a really hot track that deserves a bigger audience. And "On The Floor" is a pretty blatant copy. Both songs have identical themes, similar beats and even some of the same lyrics (both mention partying in Ibiza and Africa). Kat, however, sees it differently and put Jenny on blast, telling the New York Daily News "I've seen this before, where the more established artist tries to take the vision and artistic ideas away from an emerging artist, and assumes no one will notice because of their bigger shadow... luckily, my loyal fans and the power of the Internet have let the 'Kat' out of the bag". For that last pun alone, she has my love and admiration for life!
Personally, I think Kat should take it as a compliment. She can't give her shit away outside Belgium and superstars are still jacking her swagger. The Dominican diva's time will come. Her album is amazing and I'm sure her pioneering ways will eventually pay off. In the meantime, enjoy "On The Floor" for what it is - an incredibly catchy tribute to the talent of Kat DeLuna. Compare both masterpieces below.