‘Born This Way' may have been born ‘Express Yourself'

Lady Gaga's new single, “Born This Way” sounds a little too much like Madonna's “Express Yourself.”
BY HEATHER WARLICK-MOORE hwarlick@opubco.com Published: February 17, 2011
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Lady Gaga's new single “Born This Way” is getting quite a bit of criticism. Why? Because it sounds almost exactly like Madonna's “Express Yourself.” Play the song and sing the Madonna tune along — it's like the ultimate “Glee” mashup.

During Sunday's Grammy Awards television broadcast, Gaga performed “Born This Way” live. Bloggers worldwide ran to their computers to post their similar thoughts on the topic. I kept my blog comment simple: “Sounds quite a bit like Madonna's ‘Express Yourself' to me. Same chord progressions ….”

George Lang, entertainment writer extraordinaire for The Oklahoman, wasn't quite so tame on his blog, Staticblog.

“So ‘Born This Way' sounds a little too much like ‘Express Yourself.' I think Germanotta owes Ciccone some Lira. Sure, people have been calling Gaga the new Madonna for the past two years, but ‘Born This Way' is a little too on the nose, and the only thing missing from this Blonde Ambition-like performance was the cone bra.”

Well said, Lang. True, Gaga was missing the cone bra, but she and her dancers did have the cone shoulders going on. And Madonna was never carried down the red carpet in an egg ala “Mork from Ork.” So, she's got that going for her.

— Heather Warlick-Moore