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Well, that was quick: Madonna fans have already accused Lady Gaga of plagiarism, noting similarities between Gaga's new single "Applause" and Madonna's 2012 single "Girl Gone Wild."
Within hours of Gaga's song's release, someone uploaded a mashup of the two songs to YouTube with the intention of highlighting the songs' similarities. It's a fun listen, but hardly proves anything: They are both synthy dance songs. As is every. Other. Song. On. The. Radio.
It seemed like there'd be hope for some sort of professional reconciliation between Gaga and Madonna after they were both targeted by the Russian government over their support for gay rights in that nation. The two have traded barbs in the press for a couple of years now over the sonic similarities between Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," released 2011, and Madonna's "Express Yourself," released 1989. Though Madonna refrained from comment for a full year or so, she dismissed "Born This Way" as "reductive" when it came time to promote her own album, MDNA