Remember the controversy kicked up a whole year ago about the similarities between Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Madonna’s “Express Yourself”? Madonna does … mostly, because the media won’t let her forget it. Graham Norton asked Madge about Gaga on his U.K. talk show this week, and she politely said, “When I first saw her I was really impressed by her and she was cool,” adding, “She did remind me of me back in the day.” In a new interview with Newsweek, though, Madonna delivered a somewhat chillier take on how Gaga — and specifically “Born This Way” — reminds her of herself. “I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song,” she told the magazine. “I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was … interesting.” Yes, she called it “interesting,” which is like the passive-aggressive “aloha” of adjectives: so many potential meanings! Well played, Madonna.
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