Upon listening to both Lady Gaga’s 2011 song “Born This Way” and Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself,” the similarities are immediately striking. That’s what listeners piped up about last year, when Lady Gaga first released the single—though at first, the singer insisted she had the Queen of Pop’s blessing for using her tunes: “I got an e-mail from her people and her, sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single and if the queen says it shall be, then it shall be,” she said last February. After reports of plagiarism refused to go away however, Gaga defended herself more aggressively. “If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression,” she told NME. “It's the same one that's been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I'm the first fucking artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn't mean I'm a plagiarist, it means I'm fucking smart. Sorry.” Madonna herself made her thoughts on the matter known last month during a concert at Tel Aviv, where she performed a mashup of “Express Yourself” and “Born This Way” that highlighted the two songs’ similarities.