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Madonna used the opening gig of the Los Angeles leg of her MDNA world tour to unleash another dig at her famous foe, Lady Gaga.

The 54-year-old Queen of Pop performed her hit song "Express Yourself," before mashing it up with the chorus of Gaga's latest hit "Born This Way" during Wednesday night's near sold-out concert at Staples Center in Downtown L.A.

It's yet another apparent attempt from Madonna, the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century, to show her fans just how similar the two songs are.

After performing the medley of "Born This Way" and "Express Yourself," a hit off Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, the Material Girl sang to the crowd: "She's not me."

Then in a recorded video projected on giant screens, Madonna appeared eemingly dressed as the "Poker Face" pop star. The real-life Madonna told the packed stadium — which included stars like Neil Patrick Harris, Mark Salling, Emma Roberts and Sophia Bush — "I'm going to say this one time. I don't give a sh*t."

It's latest reference from the seven-time Grammy Award winner at Gaga, 26. Madonna made a similar slight during a Sept. 15 concert in Atlantic City, N.J., when she said that "imitation is the highest form of flattery." Previously, she also called "Born This Way" "reductive" in an interview.

Gaga fought back, though didn't mention Madonna by name when she responded: "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."

Gaga added, "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."

Whose side are you on: Madonna or Gaga's? Weigh in below.

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  • Wesley Raymond Hull
    Wesley Raymond Hull

    Oh Shelly, REALLY? I would just love to see what you look like, inside and out, because I just got a new Library Card and your a disgrace to WOMEN everywhere with that frame of mind you have. TAKE A GOOD LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

  • Wesley Raymond Hull
    Wesley Raymond Hull

    LoL I'm sorry did we all miss "WORLD PEACE" at the end of Madonna's Superbowl performance. Like she (madge) says in her son "knowbody knows me" and Ryan, don't even try because your words are just that, from the erotica album "WORDS"...look it up

  • Wesley Raymond Hull
    Wesley Raymond Hull

    TOTALLY disagree! MADONNA has been in her early years just as BIG if not BIGGER than Marilyn Monroe and she only used the Matereial Girl Video, she (Madonna) did not copy every blueprint of Marilyn's to make her career. And YES Deborah Harry was a HUGE infulence of Madonna's but come on, no woman has even come close to Madge. Remember, BRITNEY was the NEW Madonna, did not happen, she's fabulous but a joke. And GAGA is the same, she marks herself as an icon before doing the work, it will never happen that way sorry, we'll see who is next? Love her or Hate her, Madonna is NOT a victim and she is SOLID in every way. If MDNA was a dud as stated in the comments above, every artist today should PRAY for a DUD! Over $300+ Million later lol

  • TR

    I enjoyed Madonna's music when I was a kid, and I still love those songs. Yet somehow, I haven't followed her work beyond the 90s, and I listen to Lady Gaga's music often today. (Who knows who I'll be listening to 10-20 years from now.) As individual pop artists, each with their own music and work, I would not put one higher than the other. I can hear some similarity beween "Express Yourself" and "Born This Way", but so what? There are many songs that take a older tune and incorporate it into a new work, and "Born This Way" doesn't even sound like one of those. Merely similar tunes and similar concepts and themes happen again and again in art with no intention of copying another. So unless there are copyrights being violated, there's no reason this should even be an issue. If there is one area where I hold Lady Gaga in much higher esteem than Madonna, it is in how she is handling herself. Like Ryan C. commented: classy. A far as I can tell, Madonna started this "feud" with her catty comments and keeps fueling it. She's done a lot of shocking things over the years (just for attention, I think), but I'm now convinced that she's a true narcissist, and that she's less interested in creating music than just being famous and fawned over. Although it's by circumstance that I haven't been following Madonna's more recent work, her behavior makes me glad that I have been unintentionally ignoring her. I will purposely ignore her from now on. I'd rather support someone like Lady Gaga, who feels no need to put down other people and instead is focused on her art.

  • Crimbokid

    Apparently, when Madonna hits 60, she is going to concentrate on writing a story to use in a musical based around her songs. That will ensure she will be around for many more years to come. With so many songs to choose from, the musical is sure to be a smash!

  • Pikachu

    If she's not scared, then why is she so obsessed on talking about a singer that's just starting her career. She undoubtedly had her value, but the fact that she is acting like she has to diss Gaga to make her shows "interesting" and maybe call more attention for it just makes me think she's being pathetic, no offense

  • ForeverOrNever

    Oh shut up please.

  • ksufan6

    That 'dud' you speak of went to #1 in it's first week out. Please enlighten me on what the definition of a dud is. You just don't know what pure talent is.

  • Alice Melo
    Alice Melo

    First of all, the lady called Gaga uses pre-recorded vocals to give her voice a better support. If you look up on the other BTWB concerts you will see - or even better, LISTEN - that she sings. And the songs you mentioned were all written by Gaga HERSELF. Almost anybody else ("almost" because there are a few producers that give her a little help to make the songs even better). And damn, lyric plagiarism? Really? Can't artists use same subjects/words/expressions to their musics? Come on, this is not an argument, Madonna is a really talented woman, she inspired an entire generation. But we can't say the she invented everything she did. Not even Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry or any other artists did really invented something. They just mix all up together - and Madonna did it very very well. Gaga did the same thing, all of them do. Don't you think it'd be too much coincidende Gaga using a similar "Express Yourself" background for her "Born This Way" song? It is, yes. In the video you can see she has a makeup that remember Madonna's teeth. Gaga is a Madonna fan. And Madonna is wrong by shading her on this way... She is a real big star, why fighting, then?

  • The Dark One
    The Dark One

    I support Madonna and always will. But if any of you believe this BS article you are all pretty stupid. This is all the media trying to get people all in a buzz. Madonna is still doing very well for a 54 year old. There is no reason to say she needs to move on, her time is over. That is ageist and when you hit 50 I hope your kids and grandkids tell you it is time for you to move on and just die already. As for Gaga she is laughing this thing all the way to the bank. Poor lil Gaga. NOT! She is just as much benefiting from all this too. It is Hollywood BS. Get real there is much more important things like 14 yo girls being assassinated for going to school. Get real!

  • Shaun

    It's funny all this back and forth about Madonna..Proves one thing, after thirty years she is still relavent, otherwise their wouldnt be such heated discussions of her. Just as it has been her entire carrer, love her or hate her, she isnt going anywhere.

  • Jahleesa

    You posted your opinion, and that was YOUR opinion. Now get off Madonnas' muffin.

  • Jahleesa

    Madonna is 54, whats she gonna do when she turns 60 lol, she should really focus on her family, This isn't her time anymore.

  • Sandra O'Neall
    Sandra O'Neall

    You mean, Gaga can sing using pre-recorded vocals (just like it became clear this week while she vomited and the lead vocals kept coming out), she plays an instrument to play the music other people wrote, right? You know, Born This Way, Alejandro, Bad Romance... they were all "created" using the music written by other people, people like Madonna, Ace of Base, Kylie Minogue... Poor Gaga, has a few hits under her name. None of them is a classic. Madonna, on the other hand, wrote some of the biggest classics in pop music. By the way, Madonna's first album alone has more songs written and composed by Madonna herself than Gaga's three albums. Ouch.

  • Sandra O'Neall
    Sandra O'Neall

    If Lady Gaga were the musician she claims she is, she wouldn't need to copy other people's music, chord progression, lyrics for her albums.

  • Sandra O'Neall
    Sandra O'Neall

    In what planet did Lady gaga sell 64 million albums? On "Wikipedia" planet? The Fame + Fame Monster EP = 12 million Born This Way = 6 million And you say she sold 64 million albums? By the way, Madonna, in four years sold this: Madonna = 8 million copies (at that time, today, over 12 million) Like a Virgin = 15 million copies (at that time, today, over 21 million) True Blue = 20 million copies (at that time, today, over 20 million). Not to mention that all five singles released from that album reached the top five. Can't say the same about Gaga's singles off of Born This Way. Facts, people, FACTS.

  • Ryan Coletti
    Ryan Coletti

    Gaga will never come close??? 64 million records sold (in 4 years). It has taken almost 30 years for Madonna to get to 300 million. Gaga is already 20% in just 4 years. I find it funny when people say Gaga's 15 minutes are almost up... they were saying that when Just Dance hit the airways. She is loved by the classics(Tony Bennet, Cher, Liza, etc.). Madonna has made an empire out of herself. She does have talent, but it is the kindness she is lacking. Gaga makes friends with people and Madonna has been known to start feuds with others. Gaga doesn't start them, others start them but she never attacks back. One word: classy. I am not a Madonna basher, because she does have talent. I am just not a fan of her personality.

  • Kenny Tackett
    Kenny Tackett

    Madonna and Lady Gaga are two totally different people from two different generations. Only Madonna has lasted well into the 21st century and obviously still has some force behind her. Her tours along are a prime example, considering her last 3 world tours sold out and became the top selling concert draws for that year (2006, 2008-2009 and her latest 2012 world tour). And this whole 'she is old and needs to give it up' is so typical of sexism in this world. Take notice that Madonna has in the past 10 years accomplished more in her 'old age' than she did at the height of her career in the late 80's, early 90's. And according to Guinness Book of World Records, Madonna "can rightly claim the title of the queen of pop, with the star currently holding 20 world records including the highest grossing music tour per concert by a female artist for her 60-date 2006 'Confessions' tour and the top-selling female recording artist of all time, with record sales in excess of 75 million in the USA and 200 million abroad."

  • Ryan Coletti
    Ryan Coletti

    I love Madonna fans... they always seem to forget how many time Madonna was taken to court for plagiarism- and lost. I o not hate Madonna, but the Material Girl has seemed to forgotten how heavily she leaned on Marilyn Monroe. She was famous for her imitation. Not her vocal talent or her personality... her ability to mimic. She constantly takes shots at other artists. Gaga doesn't. Gaga is classy and kind. Madonna has talent, but her attitude is why I'm not a fan. Her bitchy two toned remarks grow tiring. MDNA was not bad, but people buy tickets for her classics. She should try to focus on making a change in the world instead of wasting time on stage acting like an immature 12 year old snob in middle school. Both have talent and great stage presence, but Gaga has more staying power due to her positive message. Madonna even talks about loving each other after the show has ends and everybody goes home, but she does not live by her own words. In short, I am a Little Monster (OBVIOUSLY!!!), but I still do not hate Madonna. Born This Way was INSPIRED by Express Yourself, just like Express Yourself was inspired by Respect yourself... Oh, and look up Material Girl music video, then go to and note the intense similarities in the scenes...

  • keyboard

    Most of Madonna's songs after the 1980s have been terrible, and most of the good songs under her name from the '80s were written by Stephen Bray and Pat Leonard, not Madonna.

  • keyboard

    To Sandra O. Funny you should mention Debbie Harry because Madonna started her career ripping off Harry, then went on to mimic Marilyn Monroe, then Dietrich, for the next 10 - 15 years. Madonna has been a has-been for twenty years now, and her last album (MDNA) was a dud. Everything after 1985 was driven by cheap controversial stunts, not talent, and not public interest.

  • ron Crabtree
    ron Crabtree

    Gee Madonna, we really don't need your disclaimer. We know who Lady Gaga is, she can actually sing, play an instrument and write her own music. Can you? NO!

  • Dan

    Another over-exagerrated article on the Express Yourself/Born This Way performance. Madonna is poking fun at the whole feud that the media made up about the 2 pop stars. Madonna herself said that she loves Gaga and even wanted her to join her on stage for the mash-up medley in NY. I'm sure both ladies are laughing at all the free press they're getting this year about the subject.


    How is this news?! She's been performing this on tour since May!!!

  • TINA

    this news is bullshit

  • TINA


  • Samantha

    If Madonna really was a true musician (as she claims she is) she wouldn't feel the need to take bitchy swipes at another artist, least of all AT HER OWN CONCERT?! Obviously she has nothing better to show and has to rely on feuds that she creates to disract from her lip-syncing. I admire her for continuing performing depsite her age, however she truly does not, and never will, understand the spirit of what music is all about.

  • wait

    Why can there only be one? Gaga or Madonna? Why the contest? Don't we have room for both talented ladies? The more the merrier, in my mind! And Madonna CAN stay relevant and beloved- as long as she stops acting like a spoiled bully and encouraging her fans to do the same. ("Caca"? Please. ) Madonna's obvious jealousy is doing her no favors. I was a big fan, now I'm a little embarrassed by her schoolyard bullying and pathetic desperation.

  • JVC

    Hater much? -_-

  • ugh

    would you like her to dissapear before or after her sold out record breaking world tour? dont be a tool please. just this year alone madonna has: - won a golden globe - released her 2bd feature film - performed to the biggest us television audience in history at the superbowl - had her album go to #1 around the world TWICE - once during pre-prder, then on wide release - is on a sold out world tour on track to becoming one of, if not the most successful tour of all time (breaking her own record) why should she dissapear? this is one of her most successful years ever! and thats saying a lot in this legends 30 year career of successes.

  • ugh

    this is a joke right? Madonna has sold over 300 MILLION records - more than any other female ever. Caca will NEVER come close - this is just plain math. That contest is over, Madonna won. Caca will be lucky if anyone remembers her in 10 years - or her album that she gave away for .99 cents.



  • Katie

    Wow. I have to agree with Aron on this one ; Lady Gaga is more relevant to the younger generations - the crowd that madonna is desperately trying to please. What with flashing the crowd, bringing a gun on stage, trying to look young. Madonna realises that perhaps it's not that the songs are too similar, it's that Lady Gaga's song is more popular. Born this way debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 1 and stayed there for 6 weeks. Express yourself only debuted at number 41, eventually sliding up to 2 and staying there for 2 weeks. She needs to stop all these antics (such as the gaga bashing and flashing) if she wants to be respected as a woman who is ageing gracefully, not stuck in her 80's fame.

  • Sandra O'Neall
    Sandra O'Neall

    Madonna - the one and only Queen of Pop.

  • Sandra O'Neall
    Sandra O'Neall

    You know how ignorant your comment is, right? "Madonna is scared". Scared of what? Madonna is the best selling female in music worldwide. Even if there's a new popstar in the world, it won't change this fact. Madonna's MDNA Tour is more successful than Gaga's "Born Reductive High School Music Ball", have you checked the official numbers of both tours on Billboard Box Office? With less shows than Gaga, Madonna's attendance and gross revenue are higher. So what is she afraid of? Madonna outlasted Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston (while still alive), Debbie Harry - all these women are more talented than Gaga, Madonna outlasted and outperformed all of them. Why would you even suggest Madonna is scared of a wannabe who copies other people's career stunts? A new popstar will not change Madonna's legacy. Especially a popstar that walks the path opened by Madonna. Lady Gaga is there now, before her, there was Britney and Christina, before them, there was Robyn, and the list goes on and on retroactively. This is not an opinion, this is a fact. Gaga will not even stay around for too long. You see, in four years, her career is already in decline. Her latest album sold less than the previous ones. Madonna, at the same stage of her career, was on the rise. And this is not an opinion, this is a fact.

  • Jason

    GAGA of course

  • Shelley

    I concur 100%, Madonna has had her moment in the spotight,made some great music, won some awards, etc. she can't fathom that someone else has come along and now doing her thing, but better.She needs to sit her old behind down, and disappear. Her limelight is now a dense 20 watt bulb

  • Andreea Matei
    Andreea Matei

    GAGA for sure <3 !

  • Aron

    Madonna is so annoying. She's scared because there's a new, better, more relevant version of herself and she is all to rapidly fading away.