Lady Gaga took a swipe at Madonna during a promotion of her upcoming album Joanne on Apple Music’s Beats radio, ET Online is reporting.
The 30-year-old singer was with DJ Zana Lowe Thursday to talk about the album, which is due out over the weekend, but things got awkward when the radio host likened Lady Gaga’s career to that of Madonna and compared her latest single, “Perfect Illusion,” to the pop icon’s 1986 hit “Papa Don’t Preach.”
“There is another artist who has lived a parallel existence. Based on this story, which I’m sure you can relate to. You know Madonna tells a very similar story… Papa Don’t Preach. You know what I mean.”
The “Bad Romance” singer was not impressed that she was being compared to the Material Girl and made it known that she did not share any similarities with Madonna without mincing words.
“I wouldn’t make that comparison at all. I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna… she’s a nice lady. And she’s had a fantastic, huge career. She’s the biggest pop star of all time… but I play lot of instruments. I write my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer. What I do is different.”
DJ Zana Lowe, who also said the pair both had overprotective fathers, was not unprepared for Lady Gaga’s reaction and an uneasy silence had existed between him and the American Horror Story actress before she continued harping about the differences between her and the 58-year-old pop icon.
“There are major differences between me and her and I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way. I just will not be compared to anyone anymore, I am who the f**k I am and this is me. My life story is my life story just like yours is. The thing is we all express things in different ways but my rebellion at my father for him being angry with me that has ended. It’s like I can bite back.”
The feud between both singers dates back to January 2012 when Madonna slammed the similarities between Gaga’s “Born This Way” and her 1989 pop smash “Express Yourself.” Madonna had later gone on record to say she felt the “Pokerface” singer had shamelessly stolen her song without crediting her.
In a later interview, the “Holiday” singer tried to quell the claims by alleging that the friction had been blown out of proportion by the media. The 58-year-old pointed out that she was not intimidated by the younger generation and was very comfortable with other female singers making it to the top. She singled out Taylor Swift out for honorable mention.
However, a leaked song from Madonna’s 13th studio album in 2014 called “Two Steps Behind Me” saw Madonna calling Lady Gaga a copycat who should have paid royalties for pinching her song.
“You’re a copycat. Where is my royalty? You’re a pretty girl, I’ll give you that. But stealing my recipe… you can walk the walk, even talk the talk. But you’ll always be two steps behind me.”
Guy Ritchie, who was married to Madonna from 2000 to 2008, also received a battering from his ex-wife on another track called “Heartbreak City.” In the song, the mother-of-two accused the English filmmaker of marrying her for the fame.
“Cut me down the middle, f**ed me up a little. You said I was your queen. I tried to give you everything. And now you want your freedom.”
Lady Gaga’s debut album The Fame was released August 19, 2008. The album was commended for its vocal ability and eclectic content and went to become a commercial success, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and riding pole position for 106 non-consecutive weeks on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
The Fame was the fifth highest selling album of 2009, selling over 4.7 million copies in the U.S and 15 million copies worldwide. The biggest singles off the album were “Just Dance,” “Pokerface,” and “Paparazzi.”
Joanne is Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album.
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