Lady Gaga's new single compared to Madonna

Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:10pm EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pop diva Lady Gaga's new single, "Born This Way," debuted on Friday -- a nod to acceptance of race and sexuality and a straightforward dance floor song that was quickly compared to Madonna.

The song is the lead track off a new album of the same title, to be released in May, and follows her best-selling albums "The Fame" and its extended version "The Fame Monster."

Lady Gaga is expected to perform the song live at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The New York-born 24-year-old has said she wrote "Born This Way" in just ten minutes and it was a gay pride anthem. But several critics and fans noted it sounded very similar to Madonna's 1989 hit, "Express Yourself."

"Basically it is a reworking of Madonna's 'Express Yourself' with a touch of Madonna's 'Vogue'. Which is a bit too much Madonna for someone who is trying to establish her own identity as the, er, new Madonna," wrote London's Daily Telegraph critic Neil McCormick.

Fans thought so too, and "Madonna" and "Express Yourself" quickly became two of the top trending topics on Twitter.

"Definitely feeling the Madonna vibes, which I mean as a huge compliment. This track is fierce," Tweeted NerdAndAHalf on Friday.

Other music writers said the similarity between the songs was nothing more than the usual influences derived from all music genres over the decades. Rolling Stone magazine rated the house and disco-orientated single four stars out of five.   Continued...