A feud may be brewing in pop musicland. Madonna tells Newsweek magazine she's upset about similarities between her '90's hit "Express Yourself" and Lady Gaga's recent hit "Born This Way". The pop diva was quoted as saying, "I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song ["Express Yourself"]," she said. "I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was... interesting." Lady Gaga responded with an angry defense. She believes the only similarity is the chord progression. Others in the media have noted the similarities.
Madonna then went on to tell Cynthia McFadden of ABC she believed Gaga is "reductive" (repetitive in her music-presumably repeating Madonna's work). This is rather shocking considering just a year or so ago Madonna was escorting her daughter Lourdes to Lady Gaga shows and singing the singer's praises. Little Monsters have come Gaga's defense (as have Elton John and his husband, who've also had their feuds with Madonna) and Madonna may suffer the backlash from
her remarks. Madonna seems to have a penchant for starting fights.
Here's MC Watkins doing a "Born This Way"/"Express Yourself" mashup.