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Madonna Mashes ‘Born This Way’ With ‘Express Yourself’

In a leaked video from Madonna’s May 27 tour rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, the “Express Yourself” singer mashed up her classic hit with a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Watch below as she transitions seamlessly between the two similar tracks.


Madge has previously commented on Gaga’s song, which is often compared to the 1989 smash “Express Yourself,” in several interviews. After telling Newsweek  that it was a “wonderful way to redo” her own song and that she “recognized the chord changes,” she told ABC’s “20/20”  that “Born This Way” “felt reductive.”

“I certainly think [Gaga] references me a lot in her work,” Madonna said in the ABC interview. “And sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well-done. When I heard [‘Born This Way’] on the radio … I said, ‘that sounds very familiar.”

About a minute into the shaky video above, Madonna’s performance of “Express Yourself” becomes a cover of “Born This Way,” as she rehearses for her MDNA world tour, which kicks off May 31 in Tel Aviv and wraps at the end of December.

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks last year and has sold 3.7 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Madonna’s “Express Yourself” peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1989. Released long before the age of digital downloading, of course, the song has sold 212,000 downloads since SoundScan began tracking download sales in 2003.

Source: Billboard

  1. May 31, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Lolz. I like that she waited for the claws to come out AFTER gaga’s fall from the top. She was chummy with her for a while there. I remember someone telling me that Madonna and her crew were at the first (second??) night of gaga’s radio city music hall concerts. Just missed them by a night. I think a lot of people are a bit sick of gaga’s performance. (But I must admit to being a “little monster” myself and completely loved what she was doing before the fame went to her head. She is a bit more of a caricature of herself anymore. She still is a smart lady though. Props to her.

    • May 31, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Hehehe! I love both of them and I think they are unique gems of the industry. I also think they are both misunderstood most of the time. Where are you from?

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