In fact, in the summer of 2008, there was nothing to suggest that a bloody feud was going to be built between Madonna and Lady Gaga. At the time, Madonna was breaking attendance records with her tour. Sticky & Sweet Tour, while Gaga debuted in the industry with her album The Fame. The logical thing, considering the incontestable media impact of the author of Just Dance that year and the next, is that they had collaborated on a song or, at least, signed a pact of sisterhood. Whether they wanted to or not, they were condemned to understand each other. However, the only thing they agreed to do in 2009 was participate in a comical fight between divas on the show. Saturday Night Live. Obviously the sketch it was scripted. Although seen in perspective now, it is clear that, in this case, reality surpassed fiction.
Everything exploded on February 11, 2011. That day, a few minutes after Gaga announced the single Born This Way, many accused her of having been inspired more than she should by one of Madonna’s great eighties hits: Express Yourself. Faced with the attacks, Gaga explained to journalist Peter Robinson in the British magazine NME: “I don’t think so… I swear. I’m not stupid enough to come up with something like that and be such a jerk. If you put the songs side by side, the only similarities are the chord progressions. It is the same one that has been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I’m the first fucking artist in 25 years to think about putting her in the radio’s Top 40 doesn’t mean I’m a plagiarist; It means I’m fucking smart I am sorry. There are a lot of people who want to see me fail. The moment they see something to shoot at, they shoot. And the bigger I become, the more I am his target. No one in this room while I’m talking to you looked around and said, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Express Yourself‘. Not even once”.
Madonna did not see it the same way. His answer was made somewhat of begging, but was finally uttered in 2012 on the show. 20/20 of the ABC. “Certainly, I think he references me a lot in his work. Sometimes I think it’s funny, flattering, and well done. I can’t really feel upset or insulted by it because, of course, I have influenced her, ”he said. However, when Cynthia McFadden asked him what it felt like to hear Born This Way For the first time, the queen of pop did not hesitate to affirm that “yes I said that it sounds a lot to me, yes”. The final thrust was devastating: not only did he describe it as “reductive“(Which can be translated as inferior or simplistic), but before the journalist’s doubts about how to interpret that word she sentenced” look for it. ” Then, haughtily, he sipped a cup of tea.
Really, she wasn’t cunning here. Far from conquering a new generation of followers, after the broadcast of the interview Madonna immediately became the number one enemy of the Little Monsters, the unconditional legion of Gaga fans. In fact, even today, those words continue to take their toll on him. The story did not finish there. Also in 2012, on all the dates of his The MDNA Tour, Madonna sang live a medley of Express Yourself, Born This Way Y She’s Not Me. Indeed, that was a full-blown humiliation.
I don’t think he wants my crown. We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And that’s why I love the idea of hugging other women who do the same thing as me. The only time I criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she had blatantly copied one of my songs. It has nothing to do with ‘he’s taking my crown off’ or ‘he’s in my space’. She has hers. I think she’s a very talented singer-songwriter. It was just that topic. Obviously everyone has turned it into a big dispute which, frankly, I think is very boring. You know what? I do not care anymore. This is what happens: one day everyone is going to shut up. You will see! I have a plan ”, Madonna recounted in 2015 on the pages of Rolling Stone. As much as more than five years of these statements have passed, no one knows for sure what plan he was up to.
For her part, Gaga chose to be somewhat more discreet, since she did not want to address the controversy until 2016. In a talk she had with Zane Lowe in Beats 1 He recounted: “Madonna and I are very different. I wouldn’t make that comparison at all. I don’t want to disrespect him because he’s a good person and he’s the biggest pop star in history, but I play a lot of instruments and write my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I am a producer and composer. What I do is different ”. Also, in the documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, released in 2017 on Netflix, had no problem addressing the altercation. Mainly, that “reductive“That he maliciously dedicated to her. “The thing between Madonna and me is that I have always admired her, and will continue to admire her no matter what she thinks of me. I’m Italian and from New York, so if I have a problem I’ll tell you to your face. No matter how much respect I have for her as an artist, I will never understand that she did not dare to look me in the eye and tell me what she was reductive or whatever. Saying that I am a piece of shit through the media is like passing me a note at school through a friend, “he said before adding that” I just want him to push me against the wall, kiss me and tell me that shit”.
Apparently, facing the gallery, the waters calmed down on February 24, 2019. Specifically, the night that Gaga won her first Oscar in the category of Best Original Song for that Shallow that was part of the soundtrack of A star has been born. At the after party that Madonna organized after the gala not only did they coincide, but they also agreed to take a picture together. “Don’t mess with Italian women,” wrote the author of Ray of Light by sharing the snapshot on Instagram. Despite this, when checking this same social network, it is striking that currently Madonna does follow Lady Gaga, although not vice versa. Only time will tell if they definitely bury the hatchet. Apparently Gaga still neither forgets nor forgives.