Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Madonna does not give a shit — just ask her about “Born This Way.” Us Weekly reports:
“I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song [“Express Yourself”],” she tells the mag. “I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was… interesting.” Madonna, 53, isn’t the first to question the originality of Gaga’s hit song. In April, NME asked the 25-year-old pop star if she thought “Born this Way” was a knockoff of Madonna’s song, and she was outraged. “I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music,” she fumed. “Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody?” She raged on: “What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about… If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are 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 think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn‚t mean I’m a plagiarist, it means that I‚m f***ing smart. Sorry.”
In a sitdown interview with ABC News, Madge continued:
The “Material Girl” sounded lukewarm in U.S. interviews released on Friday, calling her influence on Gaga’s music “interesting” and “amusing.” Sometimes. “I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well done,” Madonna, 53, told ABC News in a television interview. “There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I can’t really be annoyed by it…because obviously, I’ve influenced her,” the pop star told ABC. The comparisons between the two divas, both known for combining provocative stunts with catchy dance-pop hits, came to a head when Gaga released her “Born This Way” single last February. The song was instantly likened to Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself”. “When I heard it on the radio .I said that sounds very familiar,” Madonna said. Asked if that felt annoying, Madonna responded, “It felt reductive.”
Well damn. I would elaborate further, but Madonna pretty much owned Lady Gaga so much that she could probably change her name to Toby.