Elton John. Lady Gaga. Hydrangeas. They’re all eye-catching, colorful… and, famously, the objects of Madonna’s ire. But as of Sunday, one member of that group may have been kicked off of Her Madgesty’s Enemies List.
This weekend, a camera spied Madonna during rehearsals for her upcoming world tour. It was recording as Madge finished a performance of her ’80s hit “Express Yourself” – then seamlessly segued into the chorus of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Though Gaga has claimed that she isn’t “dumb enough or moronic enough” to “have stolen a melody,” it’s tough to ignore how similar these songs sound when sung back-to-back. See for yourself:
Madonna’s cheeky mashup could indicate that she’s willing to let bygones be bygones. “Express Yourself” is an empowering pop jam. So is “Born This Way,” even if its tune and chord progression sound more than a little familiar. They’re two great tastes that taste great together; why not enjoy them both at the same time? But at the end of the performance, Madonna complicates her message by throwing in a few lines from another song: 2008’s “She’s Not Me.” Maybe the Queen of Pop isn’t ready to make nice after all.