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Lady Gaga copies Madonna!

Updated on April 1, 2012
Lady Gaga Vs Madonna
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Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' is strikingly similar to Madonna's 'Express Yourself'!

It isn't the hardest thing to pick up if you already know the Madonna song 'Express Yourself'. If, like me, you don't mind listening to a bit of Madonna every now and again, when you heard Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way', alarm bells would have started to ring in your head and you would have realized that you were listening to something very familiar! The reason for this is Born This Way sounds incredibly similar to Madonna's 1989 chart hit 'Express Yourself'.

Lady Gaga has, on several occasions, admitted to being a big fan of Madonna and openly admits that, amongst others such as Prince and Michael Jackson, Madonna has had a huge influence on her career. But what does Madonna have to say about a song which could be described as a complete and utter rip off of her own hard work? Well the short answer is that, for a long time: nothing at all! This is understandable, Lady Gaga has only ever said good things about Madonna and further to that, they come into contact with each other in the showbiz world quite often. It would, therefore, have been unprofessional to start a feud over an issue such as this.

At least, that was probably Madonna's reasoning for the last year or so. Recently, on ABC's 20/20 show she has revealed that perhaps she is not so happy about the overwhelming similarities. She described it as being "reductive" which in other words means she finds it crude. Clearly a touchy subject, when asked to explain further she snapped back that the show's hostess should look the word up.

It is hard not to be somewhat sympathetic towards Madonna. She has been in the limelight for decades and watched countless stars come and go. Lady Gaga is new to the scene and her admiration of Madonna probably does not count for enough to put Madonna's mind at ease at the fact that one of her hits has been more or less copied. Of course they are not exactly the same. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I much prefer Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' to Madonna's 'Express Yourself'. It almost sounds like Express Yourself was a trial recording by an artist who wanted to test out a song she had been writing and Born This Way is the finished piece, with several changes which enhance its likability. Madonna, however, probably does not feel that way!

I suppose, it must be flattering to some extent, even for as successful a person as Madonna, to be copied by a current, very popular superstar such as Lady Gaga. It shows how music has not moved on quite as much as we might like to think, and that in the end, in some way or another, everything gets regurgitated, sometimes in a worse way, but in this case arguably a better way.

Here are both the videos:

Lady Gaga 'Born This Way' vs Madonna 'Express Yourself'

Madonna: Express Yourself

Lady Gaga: Born This Way

Is it war for Lady Gaga and Madonna?

Most likely not. War would be in neither of their interests. However, it will be interesting to see how Lady Gaga reacts to Madonna's, for lack of a better word, accusation at copying her music. It is clear that Madonna isn't overly happy with the situation, but it is also clear that, if Lady Gaga wants to fight back, she can!

On scales of popularity, Born This Way is one of the most popular songs of the last ten years with almost one hundred million views on Youtube, whereas Madonna's Express Yourself fails to even reach one million! Something tells me that the age of Madonna dominating the charts might have come to an end, and whether she copies Madonna, Michael Jackson or the King of Pop himself, it won't affect Lady Gaga's rise to super stardom! Just in case I am wrong, I'll put a poll underneath this to see who likes which song better!

Lady Gaga vs Madonna

Which do you prefer: Express Yourself or Born This Way?

See results

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Both Madonna and Lady Gaga initially just shocked me, then shock turned into disturbed,then finally I sat back and just listened rather than looked. And you know what - both ladies are very talented. In my age of wisdom, listening to Madonna, I believe she is a genius. I have a new level of appreciation for her talents.

      I look forward to seeing the movie that Madonna directed called W.E. after Wallie and Edward. I find history fascinating and am not surprised that Madonna is bringing this to us.

      Madonna has been very gracious about Lady Gaga and has been quoted as saying she reminds her of herself. Not surprising. But the old saying of the best compliment is imitation is really true. These women are allot of like, decades apart but both with strong lyrics and strong voices.

      I don't need to be shocked to appreciate talent but the words and challenges that Madonna has given I do believe the world needed. Someone needs to challenge us for us to know what we do believe in.

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      DISNEYFAN2 5 years ago from CHICAGO ARENA

      we all no lady gaga is ts trying be young madona her music i won't be suprise she re do like a virgin.

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      susannah42 5 years ago from Florida

      I recently heard an interview with Madonna, and she is concerned about this.

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      Charlie 5 years ago from Scotland

      I agree Alecia, I guess she is probably torn between feeling like she has had her worked copied and being flattered that Lady Gaga obviously finds her such an inspiration. To be honest, as long as good music keeps coming out, I don't mind what they do, and you can't deny that Born This Way is good music!!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I just think Madonnna noticed what we all did but the way she said it sounded vindictive. I don't think it was wrong of Lady Gaga because really alot of pop culture is reinterpreted for different artists/actors/audiences and so on so it's really a matter of how people receive it. Interesting hub.

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      Gaga has literally turned herself into a walking piece of art. I see no problem with her song being a tribute to Madonna... look at Prince. He copied MJ and no one even mentions it.

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      Charlie 5 years ago from Scotland

      I see your point Phoebe, and you are right to an extent, but I don't think Madonna is fine with it, and further to that, they are strikingly similar songs! No one is talking about barring anything though, so there is no need to worry about that! It is just interesting how pop culture repeats itself, even through stars that we might dare to call unique and different such as Lady Gaga!

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      This is silly! If we were to bar any ideas and written words that were all ready done/said, then we would be forever in silence! With so many artists and people in this world, it is no wonder that some ideas are used more than once... if Madonna is fine with the song, why does it matter?