October 20, 2016


Lady Gaga on the Difference Between Her & Madonna: 'I Write All My Own Music'

Lady Gaga and Madonna have been compared to each other since the start of Gaga's career, but the singer is making it clear that she's tired of it. During her 40-minute interview with Beats 1 Radio's Zane Lowe, Mother Monster explained just what makes the two pop stars different.

When Lowe says that Madge's life is parallel to hers with the two having overprotective fathers, Gaga is quick to fire back (see it at the 31:13 mark above):

"Madonna and I are very different, just saying. 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 a lot of instruments, I write all my own music. I spent hours and hours a day in the studio. I'm a producer, I'm a writer. What I do is different. I'm not just rehearsing over and over again to put on a show. There's a spontaneity in my work. I allow myself to fail, I allow myself to break. I'm not afraid of my flaws. There are major differences between me and her."

Gaga goes on to repeat that she isn't disrespecting Madonna and says that she will not be compared to anyone anymore. The two have thrown slight jabs at each other for years, but caused the pop world to shake when they (along with Katy Perry, who previously shaded Gaga) embraced each other at the 2015 Met Gala.

In the Beats 1 interview, Gaga reveals more tidbits like writing Joanne track "Angel Down" in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the murder of Trayvon Martin. She also says the album is the real her, stripped of any makeup:

"There’s no filter. This record goes right for the gut. Sometimes you don’t want to listen to a song that makes you go there. But that’s what this record is. This record makes you go there. But it’s also, I have to say, one of the most rewarding musical experiences of my life, making Joanne. I looked back on my father’s sister who I was named after and her pain. It gave my strength to go on."

Ahead of Lady Gaga's Joanne release tomorrow (Oct. 21), check out our complete guide to the album. Also, watch the artist reflect on Artpop, the state of the music business and being compared to Katy Perry at SXSW 2014 below: