Beyonce’s new music video Love On Top debuted a few days ago, and before the full version even hit the ‘net, peeps were saying it appeared similar to the video for New Edition’s 1988 single If It Isn’t Love. As a big NE fan who actually remembers their vid when it first came out (showing my age again), I too thought exactly the same thing, due to the dance studio location, formation of dancers with mics and old school choreography.
This is not the first time Jigga’s missus has been accused of taking more than a little ‘inspiration’ from other artists – her last video Countdown and her much-lauded live performance at 2011′s Billboard Awards, both garnered similar criticism, for ‘lending’ heavily from the work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Lorella Cuccarini’s resprectively, and justifiably so.
However, I for one, really love her new video and feel she added enough to it to make it different AND cool in its own right. And last I checked the NE video had clocked up nearly four million views on Youtube, and judging by the most recent comments left, a lot of these viewers are due to the Beyonce comparison. This can only be a good thing, as at least people who may not have known much about New Edition before (or were too young to catch them in their prime) will be a little educated on one of the best bands of the 80s!
Check out the two vids below and see the blatant comparisons for yourself!