Madonna is finally speaking out about the PR war she began waging against Lady Gaga for allegedly plagiarizing one of the 80s pop star's songs.
The whole media ruckus started when Madonna suggested in interviews that Gaga's 2011 hit "Born This Way," sounds suspiciously similar to Madonna's own hit "Express Yourself." Suggested, mind you, but never said outright.
Some listeners, apparently, agreed with the Queen of Pop's insinuation, and proceeded to throw more fuel on the fire via the social modes of Facebook and Twitter.
So was Madonna ever really suspicious of Gaga, or is this all fan-fueled media hype?
A new story in Rolling Stone doesn't do much to clear up the misunderstanding. In reference to the supposed feud, Madge told the music publication of note, "I thought, this is a wonderful way to redo my song. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was...interesting."
Ouch. Talk about damning with faint praise.
The plot thickened when MTV News released a section of the Rolling Stone interview that never made it into print. Apparently Madonna called Lady Gaga's song "reductive," and when the interviewers asked her if that was a good thing or a bad thing Madonna told them to "look it up."
If I were Madonna I would tread lightly around this one. Lady Gaga's last album sold over 1.1 million copies. That's a lot of Little Monsters to have on your case.
However, maybe there is hope for a peaceful resolution.
The hashtag "#ladygagamadonnapeace" is currently trending on Twitter, so perhaps the worst of this conflict is behind them.