Madonna is busy promoting W.E., the new film she directed about the scandalous relationship between Wallis Simpson and Britain’s King Edward VIII. Of course, all anyone wants to talk about is Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga ignited a controversy among Madonna fans last year when she released the first single from her second album, “Born This Way.” Gaga slammed the rumors at the time.
“That’s retarded,” she said. “If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I’m the first f*****g artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn’t mean I’m a plagiarist, it means I’m f*****g smart. Sorry.”
She later claimed that Madonna gave the song her blessing.
“The good news is I got an email from her people and her, sending their love and complete support on behalf of the single,” Lady Gaga revealed to Jay Leno. “If the queen says it shall be, then it shall be.”
However, Madonna’s people might have sanitized the message, because she definitely thinks the pop superstar copied her.
“I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song “Express Yourself.” I mean, I recognized the chord changes,” she told Newsweek in an interview, out later this month. “I thought it was… interesting.”
This isn’t the first time that Madonna has slammed her competitor. “As for Lady Gaga, I have no comment to make about her obsessions having to do with me because I don’t know whether her behavior is rooted in something deep and meaningful, or superficial,” she told French newspaper Le Soir during the Venice Film Festival.