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Kelly Clarkson's Already Gone and Beyonce's Halo- The Connection
Two songs that I adore are Halo by Beyonce and Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson. As I became familiar with each of them, I began to hear more about the controversy surrounding them.
For both songs, the music was written and arranged by a songwriter that I think is truly amazing. This surely contributes to why I like these songs so much. The songwriter is Ryan Tedder, the lead singer for the band OneRepublic. They have created other songs that I love such as Apologize.
Ryan Tedder collaborated with Kelly Clarkson to co-write the song Already Gone.
Tedder also collaborated with Beyonce and music executive/songwriter Evan Bogart to write Halo.
Already Gone was the first song to be written in early 2008 while Halo was written later in 2008.
When Kelly Clarkson first heard Halo, she noticed notable similarities to her own song Already Gone. The similarities are specific to the music at the beginning of each of the songs, not the lyrics.
Of course, this is not an ideal situation. According to various sources, Clarkson was said to feel that the reuse of material compromised her originality and perhaps she would be accused of stealing the music.
Tedder was said to be insulted by the controversy and had the best of intentions when collaborating to prepare both songs.
Whatever the case may be, there is no denying that Ryan Tedder has a true gift for writing songs and arranging music.
I love all of these songs! They touch on the various topics of having love, losing love, heartbreak, sadness. They are written with depth and meaning. I love the music composition as much as the lyrics or more.
Take a listen to the videos and see some of the lyrics below. Enjoy!
Halo - Beyonce
"Remember those walls I built? Well, baby they're tumbling down. And they didn't even put up a fight. They didn't even make a sound. I found a way to let you in but I never really had a doubt. Standing in the light of your halo, I got my angel now. It's like I've been awakened. Every rule I had you breaking. It's the risk that I'm taking. I ain't never gonna shut you out. Everywhere I'm looking now, I'm surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can see your halo. You know you're my saving grace..."
Halo by Beyonce
Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson
"Remember all the things we wanted? Now all the memories that haunted. We were always meant to say goodbye. Even with our fists held high, it never would have worked out right, yeah. We were never meant for do or die. I didn't want us to burn out. I didn't come here to hurt you. Now I can't stop. I want you to know that it doesn't matter where we take this road. Someone's gotta go. And I want you to know you couldn't have loved me better but I want you to move on so I am already gone..."
Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson
Apologize - OneRepublic
"....You tell me that you need me, then you go and cut me down but wait. You tell me that you're sorry. Didn't think I'd turn around and say that it's too late to apologize. It's too late. Said it's too late to apologize. It's too late oooh. I'll take another chance, take a fall, take a shot for you. I need you like a heart needs a beat. It's nothing new. Yeah, I loved you with a fire red. Now, it's turning blue..."