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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 02/11/2011

♪♫ Lady Gaga expresses herself with 'Born this Way'

By Melissa Bell
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Lady Gaga (Robyn Beck/AP)

Lady Gaga's new release final hit the interwebs Friday, much to the glee of her gaggle of die-hard fans. The song is not art, it won't blow you away, and it's a total ripoff of Madonna's Express Yourself. It's also a delicious pop song.

Will we ever stop comparing young pop starlets to Madonna? Perhaps not, but it's hard not to when the young pop starlet in question so obviously craves the comparison. The similarities between "Born This Way" and "Express Yourself" are too obvious as to be anything other than a giant nod from Lady Gaga to Madonna. The song starts with the a spoken word chant exactly in the style of Madonna. You can hear a perfect echo of the Material Girl asking, "Come on girls, do you believe in love?" Gaga answers with "It doesn't matter if you love him.. Just put your paws up." And then the music bursts into the same infectious style of a song that really only asks its listener to get up and dance.

Madonna notoriously took other people's music and reinvented it as her own, just as Lady Gaga does with this song. It's not going to bring down any Berlin Wall, but not every song needs to do that. For those who want a good beat to shake it down to, have a listen:

Lady Gaga - Born This Way (Radio Version) by AnimalMon

By Melissa Bell  | February 11, 2011; 11:41 AM ET
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