Is Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" a Madonna Rip Off?

Celebrity News Feb. 11, 2011 AT 3:22PM
Is Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" a Madonna Rip Off? Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Donald Kravitz/Getty Is Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" a Madonna Rip Off?

Lady Gaga's new single "Born This Way" has been out for less than a day, and it's already garnering fantastic praise, explosive criticism and scathing comparisons to Madonna.

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Twitter critics say that the song bears an all too striking resemblance to Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself" -- and the two song titles were major trending topics on Twitter Friday. Wrote one Twitter user: "Is it just me or does #bornthisway remind you of an 80s @Madonna song? i liked it the first time, when it was called #expressyourself."

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It wouldn't be the first time Gaga's been compared to Madonna: Gaga has repeatedly channeled Madonna's provocative looks--including her trademark cone bras and underwear-as-outerwear. Gaga paid homage to the Material Girl in her video for "Alejandro," channeling both "Like a Prayer" and "Vogue" videos. And legendary music producer Quincy Jones even told UsMagazine.com that he thinks Gaga is "Madonna Jr."

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But Elton John's got Gaga's back: The singer told Rolling Stone that he believes the song will become "a legendary anthem" that will "obliterate 'I Will Survive.' I can't think of how huge it's going to be."

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