Madonna Addresses Gaga Copycat Controversy

 Madonna has finally weighed in on claims that Lady Gaga’s hit song “Born This Way” ripped off her song “Express Yourself,” saying she thought the similarities were “interesting.”

In early 2011, Gaga came under fire following the release of “Born This Way” when critics and fans pointed out the melody was almost identical to the Material Girl’s 1989 classic. Gaga claimed she had received Madonna’s “complete support” for “Born This Way,” and now Madonna has finally voiced her opinion on the tune in several interviews while out promoting the release of her movie, “W.E.”

“I thought, ‘What a wonderful way to redo my song,'” she told Newsweek for a profile set to run on Jan. 30. “I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was … interesting.” And in an interview with ABC News’ Cynthia McFadden on “Nightline” last Thursday night, the singer was asked if she thought Gaga was “copying” her. Madonna said she thought Gaga was “a very talented artist” and said she admired her songwriting.” I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well done,” she told McFadden. “There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I can’t really be annoyed by it … because, obviously, I’ve influenced her.”

Madonna also discussed Gaga in an interview for “The Graham Norton Show” which aired on BBC Friday. “When I first saw her [Gaga] I was really impressed by her and she was cool. She did remind me of me back in the day,” she said. “I do think she is very talented.”


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