When we were checking out the Trinidadian fiesta that is Nicki Minaj’s video for her new single “Pound The Alarm,” it dawned on us — the instrumental bridge in both of these songs sound nearly identical.
Maybe it’s not so surprising, since superstar pop/house producer RedOne (Lady Gaga, Usher) handled production duties on both of the tracks, but when you line them up back to back, the similarities are pretty remarkable.
We put totgether a little audio comparison, which you can stream below. First you’ll hear the bridge from “Starships.” Next, you’ll hear the very similar bridge from “Pound The Alarm.” After that, you’ll hear them both at same time. Listen below:
Pretty crazy, right? The length, tempo, and instrumentation all sound pretty identical on both bridges, and when you play them both at once, it’s pretty clear that they’re interchangeable. Either RedOne is getting lazy, or he’s landed on a very precise and effective formula, and he’s sticking to it. And really, why deviate from a formula that is so successful commercially? “Starships” is Minaj’s second most successful single to date (after “Super Bass”), peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and if that bridge is any indication, “Pound The Alarm” should have similar success.
Check out the video for “Pound The Alarm” below, and think about how much money RedOne made for making the exact same song twice.