May 29, 2012 18:57
Madonna covers Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way'
Footage of the singer doing a mash-up with her hit 'Express Yourself' emerges online
The video, which shows Madonna slip the 'Born This Way' chorus into 'Express Yourself', was shot over the weekend in Israel as Madonna prepares to kick off her 'MDNA' world tour on Thursday (May 31). She then finishes the song by incorporating her track 'She's Not Me' into the medley.
Madonna has previously spoken out about the similarities between 'Express Yourself' and Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' by describing the latter as "reductive".
Speaking on the US television programme 20/20, the singer confirmed she had noted the similarities between her 1989 track and Gaga's 2011 single and said she found it "amusing".
Referencing Gaga, she said: "She's a very talented artist. I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it's amusing and flattering and well done. [Her songs seem to be a] statement about taking something that was in the zeitgeist, you know, 20 years ago and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it."
When asked about the similarities between the two tracks, meanwhile, she said:
When I heard ['Born This Way'] on the radio… I said, 'That sounds very familiar'… It felt reductive.
Previously, when NME had asked Gaga about the two tracks, she had replied: "I will look you in your eyes and tell you that I am not dumb enough or moronic enough to think that you are dumb enough or moronic enough not to see that I would have stolen a melody… If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression."
Earlier this week, Gaga cancelled her show in Jakarta, Indonesia, that had been scheduled for June 3 following threats from Islamic groups.
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