Madonna says Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ is a ‘reductive’ reworking of ‘Express Yourself’

Queen of pop says she find's Gaga's tribute 'amusing'

Madonna has spoken out about the similarities between her track ‘Express Yourself’ and Lady Gaga‘s single ‘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”.

Talking about 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 (January 11), Madonna announced that her new album would be called ‘MDNA’. The singer was later criticised by anti-drugs campaigners for choosing the title, which they described as an “ill-advised” decision.

Lady Gaga, meanwhile, confirmed earlier this month (January 5) that she wanted to release a new studio album this year. The singer’s last LP, ‘Born This Way’, was released in May last year.