“Born This Way” Media Round-Up

Overall, mixed reviews, with a consensus that she blatantly ripped off Madonna.

The Boston Herald:

This morning Lady Gaga released “Born This Way” — the title track from her May 23-due album. How is it?

Well, do you like Madonna? Because Gaga sure does. Her love of the Material Girl isn’t exactly breaking news, but “Born This Way” (listen to it below) takes Gaga’s Madge fetish to a new level. The straight-ahead, thumping club beat nicely recalls “Express Yourself.” The cadence of Gaga’s voice during the spoken-word bits and the stecatto vocal melody is straight out of “Vogue.”

The Sun:

LADY GAGA has faced a storm of criticism from MADONNA fans today who claim her new single resembles a vintage Madge track.

The eagerly-awaited Born This Way hit the net this morning – followed by a flurry of comments saying it bears more than a passing resemblance to the Material Girl’s 1989 Top Five smash Express Yourself.

And I tend to agree.

The Atlantic:

Lady Gaga’s new single “Born This Way” debuted this morning, after months of hype. To say that the musical world is excited for Gaga’s new song—which she will perform this Sunday at the Grammys—is an understatement (a local D.C. radio station has pledged to play it at the top of the hour every hour for the rest of the day).

How does it sound? Pretty familiar, actually.

The Washington Post calls her a thief but likes it anyway:

Lady Gaga’s new release final hit the interwebs Friday, much to the glee of her gaggle of die-hard fans. The song is not art, it won’t blow you away, and it’s a total ripoff of Madonna’s Express Yourself. It’s also a delicious pop song.

The Guardian dissents:

So what does it sound like? Well, a lot like Madonna’s Express Yourself, so much so that those two words are currently trending on Twitter. There’s also some spoken-word bits a la the Material Girl (as no one calls her any more), but it doesn’t sound copycat, more a knowing nod and a cute wink.

Born This Way is a thumping, almost disco anthem that stomps along until the chorus crashes in with the weight of a discarded meat dress. Lyrically, it’s all love yourself whoever you are and “don’t be a drag, just be a queen”. Within the ridiculously camp musical context, the lyrics sound a lot less heavy-handed than it would suggest. One suspects it will probably shift a few copies.

Huffington Post:

No matter what it sounded like, for everyone but diehard “little monsters,” it wasn’t going to be enough. But more importantly, when the song doesn’t work (it doesn’t, in my opinion), there’s nothing you can do to stop the chatter. This morning, #Express Yourself is trending almost as high on Twitter as “BornThisWay or any of its hashtaggy permutations. The Web world has taken the reins on a song they already felt they owned, and for Gaga, there’s nothing to be done. She gave the song over to the world, and the world will respond back…Gaga looked into the reflecting pool and saw nothing but herself — but unlike Narcissus, maybe what she didn’t realize is that the pool was full of sharks.


It’s arguably one of the most anticipated singles of the year, but is Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” all that new?

After leaking the lyrics on her Twitter account, Gaga debuted the single, from her album due out May 23, on Friday. And while #bornthiswayfriday remained a trending topic on Twitter all morning – another term began trending as well: “Express Yourself,” as in Madonna‘s 1989 Top 10 hit. By late morning, “Express Yourself” had become more popular than #bornthiswayfriday on Twitter, with fans and foes alike comparing the songs.

“I’m sorry but it pisses me off so much that Born this way sounds like Madonna’s Express yourself. I expected Born this way to be UNIQUE,” Tweeted one Gaga lover, CelesteLoveGaga.

More to come…



  1. Ducky
    Posted February 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Permalink | Reply


    This one! 🙂

  2. LadyBritBrit
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love Ducky’s review

  3. Scott
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 2:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    I originally came to this site thinking I’d get some interesting insight in to why people might have some legitimate gripes about Lady Gaga. But really… this site is crap. Her appearances on 60 minutes and Leno have blown all of your ridiculous claims to waste. Her sincerity is a breath of fresh air compared to your silly ridicule.

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