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Lady Gaga responds to Madonna plagiarism accusations

04/20/2011 by Olivia Allin

Lady Gaga said in an interview this week that the accusation that she plagiarized her song "Born This Way" from Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself" is "retarded."

"I'm a songwriter. I've written loads of music," Gaga told NME, as reported by Us Weekly. "Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded."

Gaga has yet to comment on the criticism over her use of the "R" word."

The 25-year-old singer said the only similarity between her song and Madonna's is in the song's chord progression and expressed her anger at the accusation.

"What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about... If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It's the same one that's been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I'm the first (expletive) artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn't mean I'm a plagiarist, it means that I'm (expletive) smart. Sorry."

Other celebrities have been criticized in the past for using the 'R word,' including Lindsay Lohan, Howard Stern and Jennifer Aniston, who said it on "Live! With Regis and Kelly" last summer.

Gaga also revealed some details about her upcoming May 23 release of the "Born This Way" album in her weekly video diary, "Gagavision" and said of her creative process that you should "honor your vomit."

"I wrote it really quick," she said in her YouTube video. "I mean, all of the songs on the album, to be completely candid, the creative process is approximately [a] 15-minutes process. It's 15 minutes of vomiting my creative ideas in the forms of melodies, usually, or chord progressions and melodies and some sort of a theme, lyric idea. And then I spend days, weeks, months, years fine tuning. But the idea is, you honor your vomit."

Gaga also commented on her track "Judas," which was leaked on April 15. The singer called the leak a "slow death."

"A slow death! Just put me out of my (expletive) misery, just put that (expletive) out. They were tearing [the song] limb for limb. First it was the arm of the song, then the liver."

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