Lana Del Ray – Video Games
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a Place on Earth
It is sad that Lana Del Ray is not an inspired songwriter dedicated to creating lyrics that are original and authentically her own. Although many songs in music history, have shared the same titles, there is an unspoken code of respect amongst songwriters whereby you Do Not steal
A title that expresses a new way to say something from another songwriter. “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” was written in 1987 by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley for Belinda Carlisle and became a World wide number one single, garnering many awards and a Grammy Nomination for Belinda Carlisle. Twenty-five years later it is a recognized class pop song still used in major films, TV and has constant AirPlay.
When I heard the chorus to “Video Games” the exact lyric from “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” came thundering through and I thought about what it means to have no qualms about stealing a title and chorus lyric from a hit song and passing it off as your own inspiration!
Miss Ray could have said “heaven on earth” or any number of phrases to bring out her ideas and feelings BUT she chose to take something that had worked once to create a hit, in the hopes that the well-known phrase would take her song all the way!
There is a difference between writing a song with a title that’s been used before and stealing a concept title that is associated with an artists success.
What that ultimately proves is that Lana Del Ray is not a songwriter.
She is a song borrower which is sad, actually.
Fortunately for the real “Heaven Is APlace On Earth” the comparison to “Video Games” is just so silly.
And a waste of time as there is no comparison,
I am so grateful to have been so inspired at that time in 1987, as was Rick, that we wrote a song that became a beloved pop classic, “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”.
Perhaps in time , Miss Ray will write a unique song of her own.
Thanks for the comment Ellen. I like Lana’s song (though the rest of the album is rubbish) but it’s not a patch on Belinda’s. Also, as a pop star, Belinda wins every time.
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