Madonna has at last passed comment on comparisons made between her 1989 single ‘Express Yourself’ and Lady Gaga’s much more recent ‘Born This Way’. Many have noted similarities between the two songs’ chord patterns, though Gaga has been quick to defend her songwriting integrity, last year claiming during an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ that Madonna and her reps were “sending their love and complete support on behalf of the single”.
Speaking as part of the promotional junket around her latest film venture ‘WE’ and forthcoming Superbowl performance, a magnanimous Madge told Newsweek that she thinks of ‘Born This Way’ as “a wonderful way to redo my song”. “I mean, I recognised the chord changes”, she adds. “I thought it was… interesting”.
Well meant as it seems, I suspect that soundbite was delivered in a tone so scathing it could make even the hardiest of hydrangeas wilt in utter shame.
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