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Feb122011

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way': New Pop Anthem or Madonna Rip-Off?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It seems that "Born This Way" means being born like Madonna.

Pop sensation Lady Gaga released the first single off her much-anticipated upcoming album, "Born This Way," on Friday. The eponymous track boasts a thumping beat, powerful vocals and melodies ripped straight from Madonna's 1989 hit, "Express Yourself."

It's not the first time Gaga has borrowed from pop staples of the past: "Alejandro," the third and final single off her most-recent album, The Fame Monster, harkened back to Ace of Base's 1994 rendition of "Don't Turn Around."

The song's release comes almost two weeks after Gaga published the lyrics to "Born This Way" on Twitter.

Though Gaga's new album won't be released until May 23, putting out the first single now makes sense. She's slated to perform the song at the Grammys Feb. 13, where she's up for six awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

As for the critics who question her frequent pillaging of pop stars of the past, with both her music and her style, she couldn't care less.

"I could go on and on about all of the people I have been compared to," she said in an interview for the latest issue of Vogue magazine, "from Madonna to Grace Jones to Debbie Harry to Elton John to Marilyn Manson to Yoko Ono -- but at a certain point you have to realize that what they are saying is that I am cut from the cloth of performer, that I am like all of those people in spirit."

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