There's been a lot of back and forth between pop divas Madonna and Lady Gaga, with Madge throwing the hardest punches. For her latest MDNA tour, Madonna added Gaga's hit "Born This Way" into a mash-up of her song "Express Yourself," which she and many of her fans saw as a ripoff of EY. Gaga took some time during a show for her Born This Way Ball in New Zealand to address her detractors.
"That doesn't make me feel good at all," Gaga said of tearing others down. "That just makes me feel like I'm not a good human being ... I don't even want to fight back because it's more important to me to keep writing music. Because that's really all I care about, is the music ... things are really different than they were 25 years ago, and that's what makes 'Born This Way' so relevant for me. We're socially in a different place and it's OK, we don't have to all slice and hate each other anymore."
She didn't say Madonna's name, but we know who she was aiming that at. While the 53-year old was flashing her boobs, Gaga suffered a concussion at her concert Sunday night. While performing "Judas," one of her dancers accidentally hit her when removing a pole from the stage setup. She grabbed her head for a moment but kept right on singing. So, point Gaga for this round.
[Editor's Note: DivaJulia thinks Gaga's passive-aggressive "25 years ago" shade was HILARIOUS.]
Written by: Brittani
Oh, Madonna. Always trying to one-up yourself...or lately, Lady Gaga. Here's Madge, in Tel Aviv, Israel, forpitysake, force-feeding Nazi images down the throats of concert-goers last night, with her dancers and a video (?) of her singing "Nobody Knows Me".
Go watch it...then we'll chat.
Is Madonna trying too hard to be oh, so controversial (again)? Is she taking on more than she should in terms of ugly political history and then attempting to combine the message with a very narcissistic lyric about being personally misunderstood? I don't know. All of the above? Yes, I appreciate the fact she put faces with names of young men who felt bullied and ultimately committed suicide (which Lady Gaga has been doing for a couple of years), as well as the pro-gay marriage aspect of the piece. I wonder, though, if she really understands what the beliefs of the folks who are considered the 99% and just what exactly they stand for with their demonstrations. I'm puzzled.
I don't think all "causes" can be lumped into one heap of imagery--particularly when it's coming from a woman who felt the need to scream "I'm IMMORTAL--She's not ME!" in reference to Lady Gaga's single, "Born This Way". (I do, however, find it amusing that Madge actually sings Gaga's song of empowerment along with her own "Express Yourself". Honey, it's old news. We all know the songs sound similar, we all love them both--take it as a compliment and move ON already. The rest of us have.)
The whole Hitler/Nazi crap made me cringe--particularly because of the venue. I think more time should have been spent on "knowing one's audience", as the saying goes. Listen, I'm the first one in line for freedom of speech; but I also feel a certain amount of sensitivity should have been considered in this case. (I realize that last sentence sounds completely inane since it's Madonna we're discussing.)
Written by: Diva Julia
Madonna started her MDNA World Tour in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night with some new hits and costumes. Video of Madge rehearsing a mash-up of her song "Express Yourself" with Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" was taken down, but she still kept it in the show as the opening. (Consider yourself warned--the sound is terrible on the video.)
She also added "She's Not Me," a track from her album Hard Candy into the set list and exclaimed "She's not me...I'm only going to say it once...I don't give a s***...I'm immortal!"
Shade aside, the tour seems to be off to a good start with VIP tickets going for $600. There's also a special lounge set up where she will be interviewed by Conan O'Brien, who is visiting Israel.
The new show features costumes designed by her friend, designer Jean Paul Gaultier which features a kind of new version of her famous cone bras. There is also a "Joan Of Arc" costume with chain mail that has Swarovski crystals and lots of skimpy lingerie for the "Truth or Dare" portion of the show. Her male dancers have custom-made Prada heels to be worn during the "Vogue" segment.
Sounds pretty fabulous, but would you pay upwards of $600 to see Madonna?
Written by: Brittani
So what we have here is a little bit of cheekiness from Madonna. How unusual. I'd like to think it's that she has a sense of humor about life in general, but I don't think she was born with a funny gene in her body...only sinew and the drive to be The Only Blonde on the Block.
"Madonna raises eyebrows as she quotes Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' in tour medley...
Some fans have suggested that Madonna is taking a swipe at Lady Gaga on her current tour after audio recordings emerged showing the singer referencing 'Born This Way' lyrics.
Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' was initially criticised for being too similar to Madonna's 'Express Yourself', with the former decrying the alleged similarities. However, Madonna had said at the time that Gaga essentially "redid" her song.
In an audio recording from her MDNA tour, Madonna appears to sing lyrics to 'Born This Way' over the music for 'Express Yourself'.
She then merges the songs into her 2008 track 'She's Not Me'."
Take a listen to what someone has leaked from Madonna's upcoming tour:
Hmmmmm...I'm sure this isn't the last we've heard of this reductive behavior. In Madonna's own words: "Look it up."
Written by: Diva Julia