When J-Pop copied Kylie Minogue

When J-Pop copied Kylie Minogue | Random J Pop

Kylie Minogue and J-Pop may seem estranged on paper, but there are threads that tie them together. Kylie Minogue's aesthetic during the early 2000s shared a great deal with a visual cadence that became popular in J-Pop during the mid 2000s. Kylie has also had two of her songs officially remixed by Japanese producer of Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fame, Nakata Yasutaka himself. A producer of which helmed Perfume's debut album Game, featuring the song "Secret, secret" which sounded a fair bit like a Kylie Minogue song.

But Kylie's influence on J-Pop, however small, isn't a myth. Because at least 3 music videos in J-Pop had casually borrowed from her. And it all began with Kylie's 2001 smash "Can't get you out of my head".


"Can't get you out of my head" is one of Kylie Minogue's most iconic songs and videos to date. Her career was already bubbling nicely as a result of her comeback a year prior. But "Can't get you out of my head" took her to a whole other level and changed the course of her entire career. A course which put her in the eye-line of J-Pop. Starting oddly enough with the colourful J-rapping duo M-Flo.

When M-Flo copied Kylie
M-Flo's video for their lead Cosmicolor single "Love don't cry" would rip off borrow heavily from Kylie Minogue's 2002 video which saw her drive a really bad CGI car through a really bad CGI city, shake her pussy in a tracksuit, shimmy her titties in a hangar and then whip a perm in front of a skyscraper.

M-Flo's "Love don't cry" featured two notable scenes from Kylie's 2001 video. The driving scene and the pussy shake on a rooftop scene.


Coincidence? Just really similar concepts? No bitch. M-Flo straight up copied, paid homage, ripped off; however you wanna call it. A few comic book shots and a meteor shower don't hide that.

Kylie Minogue - Can't get you out of my head | Random J Pop M-Flo loves Crystal Kay - Baby don't cry | Random J Pop

Dancing on a rooftop in sunlight is by no means an original concept. But the framing, the style of the buildings, the colour pallets and the outfits are a far too similar to be chalked up to coincidence. Match this with the driving scenes and there's no denying that Kylie Minogue's music video was a point of reference here. The likenesses are too similar for there to have been no awareness of Kylie's original video.


When Namie copied Kylie
Namie's "Can't sleep, can't eat, I'm sick" didn't just copy Jennifer Lopez's "Get right", but also seemed to borrow a scene from the very same video which M-Flo were 'inspired' by.

Kylie Minogue - Can't get you out of my head | Random J Pop Namie Amuro - Can't sleep, can't eat, I'm sick | Random J Pop

A stretch? Possibly. Granted, dancing on a rooftop in front of a city skyline has been done before and is not exclusive to Kylie. But there's no denying the similarities between the two scenes. And let's face it, Namie had based her entire post 2013 career copying what was poppin' in the West. But it was interesting to see her net cast out beyond the 'Urban sector' and catch Kylie Minogue. Then again, this highlights just how big "Can't get you out of my head" was. There was nobody in the world of pop who hadn't heard of the song and was not aware of it. Plus, there's MTV. Namie was probably sat on her sofa in a maxi dress at 3am smoking cigarettes, when MTV world played Kylie's video.


When Ami Suzuki copied Kylie
And then there was Ami Suzuki. The girl whose career was thrown into Valhalla after her management tried to fuck with tax evasion.

Ami's official comeback album Supreme show would spawn a video which pretty much copied the entire of Kylie Minogue's Melina Matsoukas directed visual "In my arms". A bitch didn't even give it time or copy an old video. She dropped her shit within the same year as Kylie's. A mere 7 months later.


Now keep the video to Kylie's "In your arms" in mind as you watch the music video for Ami Suzuki's "Can't stop the disco". A video which literally copies every setup from Kylie's 2008 bop, minus one; which probably got cut because there wasn't enough budget for a fan and some ribbons. The similarities between Kylie and Ami's videos are about as subtle as Rihanna's titties in a sheer halter neck.


The director of Kylie Minogue's video Melina Matsuokas has come under fire for stealing other people's work before. Rihanna's "S&M" video got called out by David LaChappelle for ripping off a photoshoot he had done years prior. Many called out her work on Rihanna's "Rude boy" for not only copying M.I.A's earlier "Galang" aesthetic, but also Grace Jones and Keith Haring. She also got into shit for footage she had used for BeyoncĂ©'s "Formation" video. However, in this instance, it seems that Melina is the one having her work be Ctrl + C'd, down to the last detail.

Kylie Minogue - In your arms | Random J Pop Ami Suzuki - Can't stop the disco | Random J Pop

Ami and Kylie both serving face and dancing in yellow hollowed circles. Cool. Okay. This could just be a coincidence. Dancing in a geometric shape has been done many times before. Ami Suzuki's "Can't stop the disco" is an 80s song with a 90s visual. Its era appropriate. So, we'll let this slide.

Kylie Minogue - In your arms | Random J Pop Ami Suzuki - Can't stop the disco | Random J Pop

Okay. So maybe that dancing in the yellow circle shit wasn't a coincidence at all. Because this setup is straight-up copied. The colours of the frames and fabrics in the boxes may differ. But the construction and even the way in which the boxes are framed and shot are more than just similar. Gurl, you done copied.

Kylie Minogue - In your arms | Random J Pop Ami Suzuki - Can't stop the disco | Random J Pop

Okay bitch. So you really just went and stole a whole concept. This is straight-up plagiarism now. Funky sunglasses and a geometric print jacket with a hood. Gurl, you couldn't even come a LITTLE bit different!? And no, the UV light don't make your shit 'different'.

US pop being a point of reference in J-Pop isn't crazy or unheard of. For years J-Pop has plucked sounds, looks and themes from the only territory whose music market share is bigger than theirs. But it's interesting to see Kylie Minogue in the fold, as she's never been big in the US.

But Kylie Minogue holds a fair amount of influence that she's not always credited with. And whilst on a global scale you wouldn't immediately deem her as the most obvious or go to choice of an artist to reference over the likes of say Britney Spears; Kylie Minogue is probably one of the most J-Pop friendly acts around in terms of her sound, her look and the history of her career. Having starting out in TV, transitioning into singing at a young age and becoming the closest thing to that of an idol.

Kylie Minogue's sound from 2001 onwards would also mark her indefinite return to pop. Revealing a look and a sound that would gain popularity and notoriety within J-Pop some years after with acts such as Meg, Perfume and the aforementioned Ami Suzuki. All of whom released albums with a sound and aesthetic much akin to Kylie Minogue's 2001 album Fever.

Kylie may not be the biggest star in the US, but she's big in the UK, which just happens to be the world's third biggest music market. Us J-Pop listeners know full well that just because shit ain't poppin' in the US, don't mean it ain't poppin'. And those J-Pop eyes and ears stay lurking ya'll.

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