Madonna, who has said Lady Gaga’s “Express Yourself” sounding “Born This Way” feels “reductive,” did a seamless Medley of the two songs while rehearsing for a concert in Tel Aviv.
In 2011 Lady Gaga responded to comments that “Born This Way” was a take on “Express Yourself” with this rant to NME:
“I’m a songwriter. I’ve written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I’m getting one over on everybody? That’s retarded.
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.”
Take it away, Madonna:
CLick here to see Madonna call Lady Gaga’s reductive earlier this year for a ABC interview, then telling everybody to “look it up.” In case you didn’t look it up, here’s what reductive means: “Tending to present a subject or problem in a simplified form, esp. one viewed as crude.”
We love Lady Gaga, but let’s face it, “Born This Way” is extremely derivative of “Express Yourself.” There’s just no gettin’ around it.