Madonna not totally sharing the love with Lady Gaga?

LOS ANGELES Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:43pm EST

Director Madonna arrives for the premiere of her film W.E. in London January 11, 2012.    REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Director Madonna arrives for the premiere of her film W.E. in London January 11, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lady Gaga has been up front about her admiration for Madonna. But does Madonna share the love?

The "Material Girl" sounded lukewarm in U.S. interviews released on Friday, calling her influence on Gaga's music "interesting" and "amusing." Sometimes.

"I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it's amusing and flattering and well done," Madonna, 53, told ABC News in a television interview.

"There's a lot of ways to look at it. I can't really be annoyed by it...because obviously, I've influenced her," the pop star told ABC.

The comparisons between the two divas, both known for combining provocative stunts with catchy dance-pop hits, came to a head when Gaga released her "Born This Way" single last February.

The song was instantly likened to Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself".

"When I heard it on the radio .I said that sounds very familiar," Madonna said. Asked if that felt annoying, Madonna responded, "It felt reductive."

Pressed by ABC interviewer Cynthia McFadden whether that was a good or bad thing, Madonna replied "look it up".

In a separate interview in the upcoming issue of Newsweek, Madonna described "Born This Way" as "a wonderful way to redo my song."

"I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was... interesting," she added.

"Born This Way" became an instant hit for Lady Gaga, 25, topping the charts in 19 countries and becoming the fastest selling song in iTunes history.

The Grammy-winning singer told U.S. talk show host Jay Leno in February that she was Madonna's "hugest fan personally and professionally."

As for "Born This Way", Gaga told Leno; "The good news is that I got an e-mail from her (Madonna's) people, and her sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single."

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (17)
Leesaann1173 wrote:
Maybe Madonna should look up the word reductive as well, as it has no meaning that is even closely related to her comment. Just because we throw out what sounds like big intelligent words, doesn’t mean you don’t come from Romper Room. Jealous much Madonna ??

Jan 13, 2012 2:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Deebler wrote:
I wouldn’t go so far, Leesaann. It could describe Madonna’s feeling (justified or not) that “Born This Way” was essentially a remake of “Express Yourself” without the same strength of message. It may have just been a civil way of saying that Gaga’s song was a cheap knock-off.

Or, on a larger scale, she may be indicating that being associated with Lady Gaga has made her feel like her image has been reduced in the eyes of the public. It’s as if she’s saying, “Oh no…they associate THAT with ME now? How far have I fallen?”

Jan 13, 2012 3:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TedTedTed wrote:
Reductive: adj., tending to present a subject or problem in a simplified form, esp. one viewed as crude.

Seems pretty clear to me. Madonna is stating Gaga merely released a crude, simplified version of her song.

Jan 13, 2012 3:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.