Gaga vs. Grandma: The Saga Continues…
Madonna will perform a mashup of her 1989 anthem “Express Yourself” and Lady Gaga’s blockbuster smash “Born This Way” during her upcoming MDNA Tour. Hmmm, telling, particularly since reviewers and fans have long blasted Gaga’s 2011 track as a rip-off of the Madge original — thanks to harmonic and thematic similarities between the two tracks.
Madonna rather flippantly commented on Gaga “drawing inspiration from her body of work.” In a January interview with 20/20’s Cynthia McFadden, Madge remarked:
“When I heard it on the radio, I said, ‘That sounds very familiar.’ It feels reductive.”
Mother Monster also commented on the accusations of plagiarism:
“That’s retarded. If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities is the chord progression. It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I’m the first f***ing artist in 25 years to thinking of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn’t mean I’m a plagiarist. It means I’m f***ing smart. Sorry.”