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Cascada Releases ‘San Francisco’ Video, Channels (Copies) Katy Perry

Cascada San Francsico Video
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Cascada have released their new video for ‘San Francisco,’ which is so similar to Katy Perry‘s ‘California Gurls’ that it challenges whether imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery.

While Perry’s song pays homage to all that’s fine, fresh and fierce about the ladies of the Golden State, the German Eurodance group focuses on the attributes of the popular NorCal city. That could have been overlooked, but the synth beat of the song is what has the ‘Teenage Dream’-like track dancing with the copyright infringement devil.

The video shows singer Natalie Horler leading a pack of modern-day hippies, who are ready to have a good time. Cast somewhere between a costume party and a scene from ‘Almost Famous,’ the group finds a way to have a rooftop shindig while Horler does her best to sprinkle in references to the City by the Bay.

The track of the song, which is the first single from the group’s forthcoming album, ‘Original Me,’ even dips out toward the end, but Cascada offers a dramatic bridge instead of a Snoop-Dogg-like breakdown. Is ‘San Francisco’ a flattering nod to Perry or an unapologetic rip-off? You be the judge.

Watch the Cascada ‘San Francisco’ Video

Watch the Katy Perry ‘California Gurls’ Video Feat. Snoop Dogg

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