Lady Gaga's new single, "Born This Way," is out and available for listening. It was released to the radio stations today, but if Gaga wanted to get past comparisons to Madonna, this wasn't the way to do it.
Take a listen to the song. Shades of "Express Yourself" and "Into the Groove," no? Last year, "Alejandro" sounded an awful lot like "La Isla Bonita," and all of the imagery in the video borrowed heavily from "Like a Prayer."
When Gaga first came out, she was hailed as the most original performing artist since Madonna. Now we know why. She IS Madonna. This depresses me to no end.
Don't get me wrong. I loved me a little "Like a Virgin" and can never get enough of my favorite Ciccone chick, but is she really the only artist in all of history to be an original? Lady Gaga looked like she might be the next icon; now I am pretty sure she's just going to be the poor man's Madge. She's even affecting Madonna's career trajectory. Her new single reflects a departure from the older ones and sounds a lot more disco than anything she has put up before.
Gaga claims Born This Way would be "the greatest album of the decade" and posted the lyrics, but the only reason that may be true is that Madonna's work was mostly in the 1980s and 90s.
She can don a million white suits, strange hairstyles, and makeup. She can wear a thousand meat bikinis and turn half the world gay. (Her stated goal. Let's recall that Madonna's was world domination.) But in the end, she is just an Italian Catholic girl going for shock value. Just like her idol.
Can't Madonna sue for copyright infringement? If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Madonna should feel like she hung the moon.
Do you think she is a Madonna rip-off?
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