Is this feud worth continuing? Madonna Covers Gaga's Born This Way, Good Policy Or Petty?
Kyle 2012/06/01 06:18:07
Author: Mack Rawden
published: 2012-05-31 23:56:39
The Material Girl officially kicked off her tour in Tel Aviv tonight,
and beyond asking for peace in Middle East, the singer followed through
on the promise of her rehearsal footage and played a medley featuring
“Express Yourself” and “Born This Way”. Ordinarily, when a musician
covers someone else’s music in concert, it’s a loving tribute and a way
to have fun. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely that’s what Madonna
was doing here.
Way back when “Born This Way” was first released, the track drew a ton
of attention for a perceived similarity to Madonna’s “Express Yourself”.
Given how the Internet operates, the controversy likely would have
gone away within a few weeks, but the Material Girl later stoked the
fire by calling the track “reductive” and agreeing she too found
similarities. Gaga responded in short order denying she’d ever pilfer
content from Madonna and begged anyone to point out any similarities
beyond the chord structure.
After the sting of each lady’s words softened, people once again stopped
talking about the mess, but now, thanks to Madonna, the feud, at least
between the singers’ fans, will probably start up again. According to Ace Showbiz, the “Express Yourself”/ “Born This Way” medley was even finished off with a snippet of the musician singing “She’s Not Me”.
I get why Madonna would be agitated. I even get why she might complain
to her friends about the similarities between the two tracks, but I’m
still not quite sure how I feel about her commenting on it so publically
in concert. What do you think? Was it good policy for M
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