Madonna Covers Lady Gaga in Concert: A Diss or a Tribute?

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Madonna recently went out of her way to once again not-so-subtly remind everyone that she is, in fact, in a sense, an older version of Lady Gaga.

The queen of pop was performing "Express Yourself" at a rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel when she suddenly trotted out a cover of "Born This Way."

Of course, the two tracks blended seamlessly, reviving debate over whether Lady Gaga ripped off Madonna with her 2011 smash hit single.

Although she stayed mum on Gaga's song for some time, Madge eventually referred to it as "reductive" and undoubtedly influenced by her earlier work.

There is no actual feud here, but the whole thing seems to have an air of condescension, as if Madonna is wielding the cover over her head.

Or, on the other hand, is Madonna merely winking at the controversy while celebrating the younger performer and the highest form of flattery?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Oh, Gaga had it coming. You can't pretend to be wholly "original" in the pop biz anyway; everybody's influenced by somebody else, and when it comes to music, you really can't expect to remain "untainted" by any other influences. Whether she consciously ripped off Madge or not isn't really the issue -- she could have just said, "Wow, it is a lot like Express Yourself, and I guess that's a good thing, since it was a great song," and taken all the wind out of Madge's grousing. Instead, she acts like a little moron and calls her comments "retarded". So, she's asked for it, and now Madge has thrown down the gauntlet. Let's face it, when you hear it like that, it's pretty clear that the song is derivative at least.

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It would only be a tribute sound if she acknowledged the similarities and praised the original as inspiration. Instead she called anyone who saw similarities "retarded". And no, she doesnt write her songs. She hears a sound, forgets she heard it and then writes it as though it was birthed in her own head.

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Maybe gaga did use M's sound but gaga has SO many other sounds, and what's wrong with a tribute sound? Obviously she was influenced by Madonna. Anyway, gaga is many things......EDM, she's mostly quite unique and writes most of her own work. I really love her old, piano-bar sound, it's quite different from the thumpy dance beats everyone associates her with.

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But gaga didn’t just copy a song…it was her whole persona, look, attitude. That whole suffering in NY crap..my god she came from a super wealthy family. I’m glad Madonna is biting back. Born this Way just took the whole thing too far…so blatant.

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Ok i hate madonna but its definately the same song. Not just inspired but copied.

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So if someone 27 years younger steals your material you should shut up and be a dignified old lady about it? Do the courts know this? Because in that case, I've got plans for that Harry Potter series. I'll just tweak it abit (like Gaga), you know change Harry Potters name to Larry Cotter and such. Then slap my name on there and ride this little rule of yours to fame & money.

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Shame on you Lady Gaga!!!

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Wow. I knew the songs were similar but gosh! If you can switch from one to the other without even taking a breath then its a copy.
Gaga would lose this court case if Madonna was to sue. Madonna is usually a horrid person but shes been quite nice for not suing and not making a bigger deal of this daylight robbery.

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If u cannot see madonna is a walking ego trip you are blind. She is vindictive and stuck up. She will do anything to get controversy just like gaga. Will she ever realize she needs to stop acting like shes 20 its not cute just disgusting. Gaga is a wannabe and needs to stop jacking styles. Believe what you want but how is she going down with sold concerts. No she will still make her millions no more what you or I say about her.

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If u cannot see madonna is a walking ego trip you are blind. She is vindictive and stuck up. She will do anything to get controversy just like gaga. Will she ever realize she needs to stop acting like shes 20 its not cute just disgusting. Gaga is a wannabe and needs to stop jacking styles. Believe what you want but how is the bitch going down with sold concerts. No she will still make her millions no more what you or I say about her.