Lady GaGaâ€™s new song â€œBorn This Wayâ€, which she will perform for the first time tonight at the Grammys, sounds suspiciously like Madonnaâ€™s 1989 hit â€œExpress Yourselfâ€ (check videos + mash-up below). Is â€œBorn This Wayâ€ a poor rip-off? Is GaGa trying to copycat Madonna?
Madonna herself apparently believes she may have been ripped off as she posted a 1989 performance of â€œExpress Yourselfâ€ at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards on her official YouTube page just a day after â€œBorn This Wayâ€ was released on Friday (Feb 11).
The Daily Telegraph described â€œBorn This Wayâ€ as â€œa reworking of Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’ with a touch of Madonna’s ‘Vogue.’ Which is a bit too much Madonna for someone who is trying to establish her own identity as the, er, new Madonna.”
For Rolling Stone: “Lady Gaga has got something to say about ‘Express Yourself,’ and sheâ€™s turned Madonnaâ€™s fourth-best single of 1989 into her own instant-classic club anthem. Itâ€™s an event, a statement, the most anticipatrended song in the history of recorded music, or at least since Britneyâ€™s ‘Hold It Against Me.’”
The biggest music feud of the century might have just begun. Madonna vs. Lady GaGa: who wins?
Lady GaGa â€œBorn This Wayâ€ vs. Madonna â€œExpress Yourselfâ€ Videos