VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Director/Writer Madonna attends the “W.E.” premiere at the Palazzo Del Cinema during the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2011 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Photo: Ian Gavan/2011 Getty Images
Late Tuesday, when the demo for Madonna’s rumored new single “Give Me All Your Love” leaked online, several Britpop fans noticed more than a trifling similarity between the new track and the former Girls Aloud star’s slightly older “Beat of My Drum.” (The Madonna song has since been more or less scrubbed from the Internet, but it featured a chanted “L-U-V” chorus and a marching band breakdown not unlike “My Drum.”) Yesterday, fellow Girls Aloud member (and Vulture favorite) Cheryl Cole tweeted, “Imitation is the biggest form of flattery” at Roberts, to which the singer responded “Copy-catting has never flattered me.” Some readers interpreted this as a response to Madonna, but Nicola Roberts will have you know that she hasn’t even heard the song in question. “Some people interpret things to suit them” she added. So, for the record, a fledgling U.K. pop star is definitely not accusing the Hydrangea Queen of plagiarism. Nothing to see here.