Does Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ Rip Off Madonna? Who Cares?

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It’s practically a holiday for Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters,” as the singer has finally released her newest single, “Born this Way,” after months of hype.

The track, written by Gaga and produced by DJ White Shadow and Fernando Garibay, features sweeping melodies and loud beats clearly meant for the dance floor. With lyrics like “don’t be a drag, just be a queen,” Gaga’s clearly shooting for a gay anthem, and she just might have done it.

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Though everyone’s talking about the song, commentary is mixed. Some listeners point out a striking similarity to Madonna’s 1989 single, “Express Yourself.” NewsFeed can see where they’re coming from, though it’s a bit of a stretch — the two songs share an upbeat tempo and uplifting lyrics about individuality. But anyone who is actually surprised that Gaga is ripping off Madonna hasn’t noticed Gaga’s rapidly-changing looks and similar fan followings. Plus, Gaga isn’t shy about being derivative; just compare “Alejandro” with Ace of Base.

Just because “Born This Way” is similar to “Express Yourself” doesn’t mean it’s not worth a listen. To NewsFeed, at least, it’s catchy, fun and contains a positive message. And no matter what you personally think of Lady Gaga’s new song, be prepared to get it stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

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