Lady Gaga premiered her new single, “Applause,” this week after an early leak. The song wasn’t supposed to be released until August 19, a week before Gaga’s scheduled performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, NY. “Applause” is the first single from “ARTPOP,” Lady Gaga’s forthcoming studio album, slated for release on November 11.

However, Gaga’s new single doesn’t come without it’s share of controversy. When I first heard the song, I thought the first ten seconds sounded very familiar. I knew it was from a Madonna song, I just couldn’t think of which one. Then, I realized it was the beginning of “Celebration,” Gaga’s song is just sped up a bit. Some Madonna fans are also saying it sounds like “Girl Gone Wild.” I agree, and I also hear elements of the Benny Benassi remix of “Celebration” in there as well. Now, this would be all well and good if only Gaga gave credit where credit is due. If you ask Gaga about her influences, she will never voluntarily say Madonna’s name. She has to be asked about Madonna in order to talk about her. And while it was nice of her to mention Madonna in the “thank yous” of her debut album, it’s just not enough. Lady Gaga does her best to ignore Madonna. Britney Spears always talks about how Madonna influenced her, and she remains a successful icon over a decade after her first single was released! Saying Madonna is an influence of her’s won’t hurt her, so what is Gaga’s problem?

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