Madonna seems flattered by Gaga’s ‘Born this Way’

Lady Gaga by Kyung Lah/CNN

(CNN) — They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Madonna’s recent cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” might not be seen as such.

While rehearsing for her M.D.N.A. tour, the Material Mom made it a point to mashup her classic song “Express Yourself” with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

An interesting selection, because music fans have been quick to point out the similarity between those two songs — something that hasn’t been lost on Madge.

“When I heard [‘Born This Way’] on the radio, I said that sounds very familiar. It feels reductive,” she told “20/20” earlier this year. “I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. … It’s a statement about taking something that was in the zeitgeist, you know, 20 years ago and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it.”

She went on to say that she “can’t really be annoyed by it because, obviously, I’ve influenced her.”

The rehearsal footage was taped just before Madonna kicked off her world tour in Israel over the weekend.


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