May 29th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Madonna takes on Gaga with 'Born This Way' mashup

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Madonna's recent cover of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" might not be seen as such.

While rehearsing for her M.D.N.A. tour, the Material Mom made it a point to mashup her classic song “Express Yourself” with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way."


When Gaga first dropped the single, music fans were quick to point out the similarity between the two tracks, something that hasn't been lost on Madge.

"When I heard ['Born This Way'] on the radio, I said that sounds very familiar. It feels reductive," she told "20/20" earlier this year. "I certainly think she references me a lot in her work."

But, Madonna continued, she can't really take offense.

"It's a statement about taking something that was in the zeitgeist, you know, 20 years ago and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it," she said. "I can't really be annoyed by it because, obviously, I've influenced her."

The rehearsal footage was taped just before Madonna kicked off her world tour in Israel over the weekend.

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  1. m

    who cares

    May 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JellyBean

    They're both playing a PR game. The more they both are in the press, the more music downloads and tickets they sell. Good for both of them.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. VooVoo

    At least Lady Gaga ain't the ho like Madonna was at that age. Madonna's just jealous since she doesn't have what it takes to get her groove on.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Potrzebie

    I knew Madonna was losing it after watching that half-time show. Spreading her legs, who wants to see a 53-year-old mom doing that crap? You're getting old. Get over it, you still have your looks (unlike many of us 53-year-olds). Make your music and shut up.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Linda

    Liked Madonna in the early days. However, she was wrong to diss Gaga. Gaga is hot right now, like it or not. But then again, one of Madonna's guitarists recently screwed over a long time friend all in the name of money (fact, check it out). I guess Madonna's crew includes those who are like her, shewed and sneaky. She needs attention for this tour, guess she didn't know how else to get it except to screw someone else over. While I see similarities with the songs, it's a groove, it's dance music, alot of it sounds the same.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phydeaux

    Madonna is an overrated senior citizen! She needs to realize that she is over the hill...a has been...and quit being a green-eyed monster towards others who are on the horizon! Just another jealous b****!

    May 30, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tim

    Madonna will do ANYTHING to stay in the lime light. It's about time she realizes that she will never be on the "A" list again.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ted

    Even though I'm not familiar with Madonna due to generational gaps one must give credit where credit is due. Madonna started out in the streets of NYC and night clubs after the Studio 54 days back in the 70's/80's and has still managed to make hits and sell out concerts 30 years later. Let's see if Gaga can accomplish this.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. freddie nerk

    I like them both-but they are ageneration apart. I am Madonna's age and think she was great BUT my daughters are Gaga fans. And thats OK. Madonna should acknowledge that her fans are now in their 50's too and should not be comparing herself to lady Gaga. Anyway, they are both HOT Italian babes.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Captain Underpants

    Is she not familiar with the expression "You can't polish a turd?" Lady blah blah is pathetic as is, and Madonna is an old hag.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leif

      Captain Underpants.: Both Madonna and Lady Gaga could afford to hire you to do that for them.
      What did they used to say about Liberace when critics said he was a mediocre pianist? He cried
      all the way to the bank.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. cyberlouis

    Well, if Madonna thinks she inspired Mother Monster, then what does that make her? Grandmother Monster? It kind of fits given then Madonna has been around for ages. While Madonna has her talents, originality is not one of them. The Material Girl has on many occasions begged, borrowed and stolen. So it makes you wonder why she reacts this way just because another artist was inspired by her. Maybe it's not easy going from Material Girl to Grandmother Monster. It's harder to get attention.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. roger canuck

    madonna was actually a drummer which is hard to while your singing and dancing ,and she wrote a lot of her own music.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mangoid

    You could park a Winnebago in either one, no problem.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nasnan

    Madonna is def. a better dancer, but when she tries to sing live at the same time she goes through one of her crazy routines, she sucks. I like that Gaga can do both. Granted her dance moves aren't as crazy as Madonna's...but I don't buy their cd's because of how well they dance.

    May 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CatBat

    Video was removed by user.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Revka

    She is not Gaga for sure. Gaga can write songs, play the piano and sing better than Madonna. Why do these artists from the 80's think they are better than the new artists? They all copied people also.

    May 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. P. Lee

    I don't get it.
    Do not see the similiarity w/ these 2 songs at all whatsoever!

    Just because Gaga dresses outrageously creative and hence the comparison. Madonna was never quite as daring as Gaga!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Which reality do you live in?

      The music from born this way is a copy of express yourself, just different words. The fact you can't even see this and worship a talentless hack whose only claim to fame is trying to shock people should be an embarrassment to you...

      May 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      There's a lot more than just similarity P. Lee. Sorry you can't see it – perhaps you're just too busy defending Gaga to hear it. Almost everyone does.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alllie

      Actually if you look at the times Madonna was way more risqué. By todays standards Madonna is not daring. Back when she was doing her thing she was. In my opinion Lady Gaga does what she does for attention and nothing else. As did Madonna back then. To stir up controversy and sell albums. Nothing Lady Gaga does shocks me, as it's all been done before.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  18. jujubeans

    Madonna is still HOT!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Diana


    May 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. cranky john

    Two self important dumb untalented bchss fighting WHO FN CARES

    May 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Self important? Yes. Talentless? That's subjective. Dumb? Your grammar would indicate you might be dumb, but one thing you cannnot say about Madonna is that she's dumb.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jayman419

    "Madonna takes on" ... I thought the article was going to be Madge trying to call out Gaga somehow, like she seems to have done before.

    But a throwback to a shoutout... that doesn't seem like a big deal. And "Born This Way" was definitely a shout-out to Madonna's early work.

    May 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  22. paul

    Never thought I would side with the Material Girl, but I have to say Madonna is hands down the best! As much as I enjoy GAGA there is just tooooooooo much to everything that she does from her hair to her clothes to her shoes to her statements that ring hollow half the time.

    Madonna for all her looks she has done over the years and her accents she has taken on has always been a lot less IN YOUR FACE about herself. (Well, when you compare her to Lady Gaga or Cher of old)


    May 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  23. youarenotspecial

    Yeah, I guess I see where Madonna is coming from. She of all people ought to be able to spot a plagiarism, as she herself had the snot sued out of her by Public Enemy for oh, you know, stealing the entire friggin beat to their song "Security of the first world". But hey, at least she used her own lyrics. Oh wait, no, she totally didn't! She got sued once more by Ingrid Chavez.

    Hey, let's not forget ripping off Kylie Minogue on every album cover she's made, or all the videos she's ripped off.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dennis13

    Joe C. said it best; it's theater. Who's best, worse?, who gives a rip. Enjoy what you want and just disregard the rest.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. michaela

    Madonna is coming across as a bitter, jealous old has been. she should learn to gracefully bow to the younger Gaga genius and open her heart to a new generation...She's had her time in the spot light....lookin' pretty petty to say the least.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      Funny...did you read the article? If did, you certainly did not comprehend. She appeared in her comments to be more complimented "When I heard ['Born This Way'] on the radio, I said that sounds very familiar. It feels reductive," she told "20/20" earlier this year. "I certainly think she references me a lot in her work." If you read further seems more flattered than annoyed. I echo that "Born this Way" sounds very much like "Express Yourself". Maybe you need to listen to Madonna's song first to understand instead of making comments about something you know nothing about.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  26. VampireJack

    Lady GaGa- aka Madonna Manson.....

    Madonna – LEGEND with a career spanning 4 decades.
    GaGa? Let's come back in 10 years and see if ANYONE still listens to her.....

    If GaGa is still here (and selling millions of records) in 2021 then we may have to re-evalute her.
    We shall see....

    May 29, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. erich2112x

    Nobody thought Madonna would last-heck, nobody thought Zeppelin would last.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Hon. Mrs. Page

      Madonna and Zeppelin do not even belong in the same sentence together. Zeppelin consisted of four great musicians with talent beyond comprehension. And Madonna? Well.......I guess she can carry a tune, anyway.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bobby Frank-Dallas Texas

    I like them both. I think there is plenty of room for two superstars here! Ofcourse Gaga looked up to always look up to your elders don't you? Someone has to lead the way for the younger singers so I see this as perfectly abnormal and cool.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Allison

    All Lady Gaga is is Madonna reborn. That's all she thrives to be. She is a waste of talent. If she turly believed she was talented, she wouldn't put on such a ridiculous show...she would realize it's her voice that really counts.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • prettypiper

      You're absolutely Right on the MONEY! She's repulsive to look at, but I've listened to her music with my eyes wide-shut. ha

      May 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. palintwit

    Bristol Palin has 10 times the talent as Gaga or Madonna.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Joy

    Oh Madge, hush!!! Gaga can write her own music and actually play instruments. So honestly, she doesn't need to copy off of anyone. Maybe she was just trying to give Madge props. If I was Gaga, I wouldn't give her anymore props.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Dear Madonna has written or co-written all her songs since 1986 and learned to played the guitar around 2001. She was rusty at first and now is actually pretty good. Aside from that she still slaughters GaGa in the looks and dance skill dept and she's 25+ years older

      May 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ihatedschool

    Check out Nina Hagen and see where all these clones got their acts. Cindy Lauper, Madonna, GaGa, all of them are copycats of Nina Hagen.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hastings

      Lady Gaga is a blatant devil worshiper. She doesn't even try to hide it anymore.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Thor88

    I'm going with the one that is NOT post menopausal

    May 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  34. justme

    comparizing????????? hahahahahahaha.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Skippy

    "...Ooh, there ain't no other way, baby, I was born flaming gay...."

    May 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Manny

    Gaga sucks that's why her 2nd cd was sold for .99 cents and it was a total flop in comparison to the 1st album. Also the biggest drop in Album sales ever recorded. Gaga is Caca!

    May 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • drakongeist

      Actually you are incorrect now. MDNA has now been honored with the largest sales drop in history, beating out Born This Way by a 2% margin.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Joe

    I'll take the Italian over the Jooooo anyday.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jrod

      They're both italian, genius. And judaism is a religion so there does exist such a thing as Italian Jews, smart guy.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • YeahBuddy

      They both look like jus, look at the noses (before the plastic surgery) Doesn't every little j.a.p. ask her daddy for a nose job on their 16th birthday?

      May 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. MrsJackSparrow

    Debatable as a "great" artist, but undeniably a brilliant business woman to have kept herself in the limelight so long. Unfortunately sounds like she's taking cheap shots in order to boost her now very shaky position as a "star". Might be time to take a deep breath Madonna and reassess the situation

    May 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Music Lover

    Lady Gaga has an AMAZING VOICE! She has been on Broadway and has an Arts Degree. She has wonderful concepts and creativity. Madonna could never sing...I liken her to Justin Timberlake, Usher, Selena Gomez, Brittany Spears, etc. All of which need gimmicks to survive and entice audiences. Lady Gaga uses gimmicks as a way to tell the story and bring you into the music. I hope that everyone on here takes the time to listen to her songs. While I enjoy Madonna's beginning music, I enjoy someone who CAN SING more.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      I agree that Gaga has a fantastic voice. But Madonna CAN sing too. I've seen her live several times. She ALWAYS sings live and sounds great. I've seen Justin Timberlake in concert as well. Dude has a fantastic voice. I wouldn't put either of them in the same sentence as that hack Brittany Spears (poor thing can't sing to save her life).

      May 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jrod

      She has never done broadway and she dropped out of college actually. And I'm not even a fan but I know this much

      May 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimmi Chunga

      You shouldn't have lumped Usher in with that talent less bunch.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      How many times do we honestly need to argue about Madonna's voice? Have you listened to Ray of Light? Seen Evita? Youtube Sooner or Later at the Oscars, Mother and Father acoustic, Drowned World Subsitute for Love during the Confessions Tour...when she wants to and isn't dancing like crazy she can sing quite well.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Boo

    Madonna can't sing or dance worth a crap. Gaga owes royalties to David Bowie and Elton John for ripping them off. I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than listen to either of these no-talent women.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • odk1

      Lady Gaga will be lucky to have successful years as Madonna had, no comparizing.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Not sure where you get that Madonna can't dance. She was on a dance scholarship at the University of Michigan before she dropped out to pursue dance in NYC.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • actually

      actually, Madonna got a dance scholarship at University of Michigan when she first started out... as far as singing capability, she has always tried to improve herself with singing lessons, especially when she did the movie "Evita"... gotta give the gal a prop for her ambition though! she has gone very far for someone with limited musical background: singing & instrument

      May 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian girl

      I don't like either one of them, I'm a rocker myself....but I respect Madonna. She manages to keep up with all her dancers that are HALF her age. I think Lady Gaga has talent but I have yet to see it.

      May 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan - Canada

      Go ahead...!!

      May 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Leigh

    I really wish people would go back to keeping their clothes on and just singing. The autotune is getting old, the back up dancers all look like the Thriller video. Anyone with half a voice can get a record made and they all sound alike. Pretty sad.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. James

    Love. I'm so tired of people defending GaGa's musical moves. People complain that Madge borrowed from Marilyn, old Hollywood etc which she ACKNOWLEDGED. The difference is GaGa has not only ripped off Madonna's looks and videos (although citing her as an inspiration) she blatantly ripped off a song which to me is much different b/c GaGa said the comparisson was "retarded" when anyone that knows music could hear the melody and chord progression were essentially the same. Haters will claim Madge borrowed from the Staple Sisters Respect Yourself which only has a few similar lyrics while GaGa bascially took Madge's song and changed the words. I LOVE this mash-up and can't wait to see the Queen perform it live.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  43. oldman100

    Madonna is one old coot

    May 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |

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