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WATCH: No, Madonna Did Not Forget “Born This Way” Sounds Like “Express Yourself”

Someone recorded Madonna’s tour rehearsal for her Tel Aviv show and it looks like the Girl Gone Wild is updating her’ 90s paean to female empowerment, “Express Yourself” with a mash-up of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

Whether the Queen is just being cheeky or legit trying to put Mother Monster in her place, it’s a brilliant move.


On:           May 29, 2012
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    • QJ201

      I love Madonna, but this is a total c*nt stunt.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rf

      Madonna is a true original–She invented voguing.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stephen

      HA! Love you, madge!

      May 29, 2012 at 7:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Seth

      Love. She might be a bitch but she’s real and I respect that more than being fake

      May 29, 2012 at 7:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb

      I find it more than ironic that Madonna made her career ripping off other artists and is now acting like a spoiled diva be-yotch. She is an icon, but she is so over.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MJ

      woooooow. really?

      turning this into a Kim/Nicki thing and that was annoying

      May 29, 2012 at 7:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KJM1968

      Love it; especially at the end when she sings a bit of “She’s Not Me”. Without Madge, there would be no little monsters.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Princess Peach

      @rf: No, Madonna stole voguing from the underground gay club scene in NYC in the 80’s. Your homo homework: watch the doco ‘Paris is Burning’.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      The irrelevant prune is just stretching-a truly monstrous old bitch. She refers to herself as M,in third person-and I quote”How dare you-but I always get what I want-I’m M! And believe- I couldn’t give two F**ks for Gaga but the old crone needs to find another bandwagon to hitch a ride on .

      May 29, 2012 at 9:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tj

      I don’t care. Its neither 1988 nor 2008 so sashay away to the both of them. I would like a Kim versus Nicki thread though. That would be interesting.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jamie

      Well, the Queen still had to get permission from Lady Gaga to use her song. Seems to me that all is well between the two, as it should be. It’s Gaga’s FANS who make such a big deal about the rivalry. Gaga has stated numerous times that she is the biggest Madonna fan there is. Let’s put this to rest.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jerald

      Dear Madonna, Grow up. You behaving like a 22 ear old snatch is well….33 years late. While you’re at it, say thank you to people who give you hydrangeas and all the people you ripped off on your way to success. Playing like your songs aren’t derivative or ‘reductive’ of something else hilarious. You’re no more an innovator than Lady Gaga or any other pop star for that matter.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize

      @rf: “Madonna is a true original–She invented voguing.”

      Excuse me while I slam my head against the wall to make me forget about that completely unoriginal, and absolutely WRONG statement.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize

      @tj: Allow me to start it, darling.

      Nicki < Kim < Azealia Banks.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      @Jamie: The permission thing your touting is BULLS**T!If that were so Madonna and Stephen Bray would be credited on Born this way-THEY ARE NOT!

      May 29, 2012 at 9:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize

      @jerald: “Playing like your songs aren’t derivative or ‘reductive’ of something else hilarious.”

      I swear to god, I laughed when I heard that “reductive” comment. Assuming the great depth in the phrase, “express your self?” How smart of the old queen.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      @Belize: For her mixtapes alone- Nicki all the way!

      May 29, 2012 at 10:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      @Jamie: Oops, APOLOGIES- read your post wrongly- however an artist does not have to gain permission to cover someones song live-they just have to pay them.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      @!what the F**K!!!!:@!what the F**K!!!!: Which has just made me think-maybe -as it was just a rehearsal -that she slipped in the mashup to garner press -coz if she’s as intelligent as she thinks she is -why would she want to fork over tens of thousands to an artist she considers ripped her off.Maybe dementia mixed with desperation has clouded her judgement.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Red Meat

      The last cry for attention for the desperate pop star that has flop in a decade

      May 29, 2012 at 10:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gigi

      @rf: She INVENTED voguing? Sure she did. She stole it from the street years after it was tired. She brought it back.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave

      Madge hag please go away………….

      May 29, 2012 at 10:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tookietookie

      What an insecure hag.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rf

      @Princess Peach: Um, Princess Peach, that was a joke. Your homo homework: Learn how to spot sarcasm.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rf

      @Belize: Please slam away.

      @Gigi: Pretty sure I’m aware that 99 percent of everything Madonna did was taken from somewhere else. That was my point, genius.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Delius

      @Seth: Real? Hagdonna is a fraud and a fake. Look at the way she treats her family. She has a brother on welfare for goodness sakes.
      What kind of lowlife an defend such a rich woman who can’t even help out members of her own damn family.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John

      @Princess Peach: I took as it she was kinda responsible for making vogue mainstream even if she did get inspired by the gays(after all, who doesn’t?!?):)

      May 29, 2012 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SuperAmanda

      Madonna may be past her peak, but it took 10 years before she displayed any cracks. Lady Gaga is already on the downslide after only 3 years.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez

      @Delius: It is not her responsibility to support her brother. Perhaps her brother should go get a job and a life instead?

      On a side note, this “rivalry” helps the careers of both Madonna and Gaga because it gives them lots of free press, and it also gives magazines a story to cover, so its good for everyone involved.

      May 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Polyboy

      Using a disco chord progression is not copying. Not the same song by a long shot, but keep peddling that tin ear meme.

      Of course then Madonna is the queen of appropriation.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bryan

      Desperate move to drum up more publicity, nothing more. To the people saying she probably has Gaga’s permission, she could just not include this part in the show, but “leak” this rehearsal video on purpose. The drama that would generate would be enough.

      @Jamie: Except that Gaga fans wouldn’t have to constantly defend her and shade Madonna in the process if pressed Madonna fans and the media didn’t have to keep on making it seem like Gaga taking inspiration from Madonna is a bad thing…

      @SuperAmanda: Only if your measure of success is the charts. Google her tour and see how it’s doing.

      May 29, 2012 at 2:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Good Guy

      @rf: Madonna did not invent voguing, nor did she first introduce it to mainstream, Malcom McLaren did

      May 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marc

      Umm Good Guy, Malcolm McLaren was never mainstream outside of the UK if you really think about it.

      May 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike fourth

      Madge, bitch you are too old for this kinda shit.

      May 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      @Belize: Ummmm Kim doesn’t write her own rhymes sooooo NO

      May 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • no one

      who is madonna?

      May 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Reece

      I’m just happy to continue to support artists with kind hearts who think of others and don’t have to put others down to make them feel better about themselves. After all, haven’t all of us who are LGBT gone through enough of those kind of things already? We should know all too well what it feels like to have someone say unkind things about us. My definition of “professionalism” is an artist who doesn’t publicly make fun of others on live tv.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James

      @Caleb: Over? Is that why she’s about to have one of the most successful tours in history and has sold out across the globe? Bitter Little Monsters need to sit down.

      May 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James

      @Delius: She actually paid for both her brothers to go to rehab multiple times you idiot. Taking care of siblings isn’t ones financial responsibilty, we’re all adults. Besides the rest of the family doesn’t have anything to do with the homeless brother either. When does it become personal responsibility?

      May 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike

      Sad, MDMA so very desperate to stay relevant.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Delius

      @James: we are our brothers keeper.
      maybe he has mental illness.

      she is rich as fuck…come on…its our responsibility to help others.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      @James: @John: vogueing never went mainstream coz none of the breeders and very few queens could actually pull it off without looking like they were trying swat flies-just as well really-breeders vogueing is an oxymoron- even old gnarly just managed a few poses.

      May 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      @Marc: not for want of trying!

      May 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jesse

      its MDNA…learn it, live it, love it.

      May 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • !what the F**K!!!!

      @Jesse: Sorry Dear ,learnt, lived and loved mdna 25 years ago-are you straight?

      May 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Crixus

      I love it!!!! I am a huge fan of GAGA AND MADONNA. I think this is great for both of them. Some in the media are hyping it as a feud. No bueno. It’s all about fun!

      May 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael

      Whinge, whinge, complain, bitch, curse!! You should hear yourselves pumping up some stupid feud you’re not even sure exists and accusing Madonna of stealing and copying others. Don’t you know all art (no matter the level) is somehow inspired by what’s gone before? Show me a completely original recording artist! The only one I can think of who is still going (and has been recording for longer than “The Queen”) is Kate Bush (who by the way inspired Bjork, Tori Amos, Goldfrapp, Florence, Marina, Fever Ray, Coco Rosie and many more).
      There are some eras of Madonna’s career I could have done without (MDNA is pretty patchy) but at the end of the day, she’s still the most famous and talked about performer in the world. Extraordinary discipline, hard work, and certainly a fine sense of intuition have kept her where she is. Rising above bitter (and very jealous) comments like the ones posted here are how she’s survived. Good luck to her I say!!!! xo

      May 30, 2012 at 1:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rod Black

      @Caleb: in her defense Lady Gaga is making her career based off of Madonna’s. Its not like Gaga is so original.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Urethra Franklin

      I still don’t hear anything similar between these 2 songs.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ty

      @Rod Black:

      So true. Gaga is to Madonna what Oasis was to The Beatles.

      Madonna’s last two albums have been duds and I wish she’d stop trying to leech onto the latest fads because she’s way too established for it, but a couple weak albums can’t undo the 25 great years.

      Gaga is hotter than Madonna at the present time, but can she sustain a career where to the point when she is 53 she is actually doing something beyond playing Pride tours like Taylor Dayne or Jody Watley? Every great musical icon has had to evolve with time…. can Gaga do a 180 with her next album as successfully as Madonna did with True Blue and again with Like A Prayer? If she sticks with the schtick she’s been doing, she’s going to go the route of Boy George. Gaga has talent, but she’s allowed her image to become bigger than she is, and the way to make a lasting career is if she follows her idols Madonna and Bowie and know when to kill one image and completely reinvent herself from the ground up come next album, or else she’ll be following the footsteps of a dozen other 80s and 90s divas who pretty much only rely on “Pride” now because that’s the only way people will care to come out in droves to see you.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Who are you B!tch, New lunch?

      @!what the F**K!!!!: yeah, all the way to the trash can, Azeaila Banks trumps her.
      @Belize: Replace Kim and Nicki with Lauryn Hill and Fox Brown and there you have it.


      May 30, 2012 at 4:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • What the f**k

      Azealia’s flow is good but the actual music,more often than not,Sucks!!And idredging up Foxy ….is that the best you can do…..well at least you ain’t,pushing I’ll krim !

      May 30, 2012 at 6:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • What the f**k

      Dredging…f**king I pad !

      May 30, 2012 at 6:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • What the f**k

      Anyone interested in hip hop should actually be supporting House of la Dosha,cakes da Killa,zebra Katz,big momma,sissy nobby,big freedia, vockah redu-where the f**k is the support for these “ahead of the rest “out gay artists.You wait forever for gay artists who can represent within hip hop -and what do you get…….Ignored! And instead you get coverage of a bunch of dead bitches. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE AHEAD OF THE GAME PEOPLE!

      May 30, 2012 at 6:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mrn.

      @rf: or possibly maybe that were trans-youth from NYC in 80’s?

      May 30, 2012 at 9:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Seth

      So tired of GaGa’s fans thinking she’s even close to being in the same realm as Madonna. Madge could have retired in 98 after Ray of Light and would still be the most important female in music history. GaGa has made her entire career on the path Madge paver for her. I can totally see Madonna’s frustrated with being constantly with someone who came around in 2008 when Madge was already the Queen before GaGa was even born. I think her tongue in cheek mash-up is ironic and typical Madonna…she’s a pr master and the student will never top the teacher

      May 30, 2012 at 11:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anthony

      Either she truly is bitter and upset over Gaga and “Born This Way”, or this is her way of not only getting the publicity she so desperately, but saying that she likes Gaga enough to put her song in her tour. I would like to think of it as the latter, but knowing the amount of bitterness Madonna has showcased in the past, I’m not too sure. Whatever she’s doing, it seems to backfiring seeing as the only people not seeing how transparent this whole thing is are her fans, and even some of them do not like what she’s doing.

      Either way, Gaga’s getting the attention she wants and needs, so win-win for her.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Astro

      i think this is what they call “too clever by half”

      Jun 1, 2012 at 12:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Princess Peach

      @rf: pfft and you don’t find the phrase ‘homo homework’ sarcastic? take a chill pill

      @John: yeah Madge did make it mainstream in a big way. but she’s not associated with its origins at all.

      Jun 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jose

      no its not a brilliant move
      she looks petty and immature for someone who is a “legend” – if madonna is such a legend why is she giving gaga the time of day
      if madonna fans think gaga is nowhere near as good as madonna is then why do they insist on bringing up gaga’s name every chance they get – it is because they are threatened
      every time madonna and her fans bring up lady gaga’s name – they are just keeping lady gaga’s name relevant

      lady gaga and madonna both preach acceptance but only gaga puts into practice what she

      i dont know why this website hates gaga so much – she is probably one of the most vocal allies of the LGBT community and she goes out of her way to try and help the community every chance she gets

      Jun 5, 2012 at 2:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jose

      @Rod Black:

      buahah and you think madonna is fucking original she copied so many people in her day and her fans seem to forget that when bashing gaga

      Jun 5, 2012 at 2:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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