Chris Ciccone (pictured above, lewd hand gesture obscured), Madonna‘s younger brother who works as a music manager, has told Radar Online that he is in disbelief at how much Lady Gaga‘s new “Born This Way” hit sounds like Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself.”
“All I can say is ‘What the f***!'” says Ciccone, “It sounds just like ‘Express Yourself’ – I can’t believe it, to tell you the truth.”
Zap2it readers have been split on the issue, with some saying they “appreciate the homage to Madonna” and that they “fail to see any correlation.” Others are outraged at the similarities, saying “Born This Way” is “a rip-off” and that “Gaga is not original. Her music is very generic.”
Readers should not confuse Ciccone’s outrage at outrage from Madonna herself, however. The two have been estranged for years, which Ciccone details in his 2008 tell-all “Life With My Sister Madonna,” in which he blames a lot of the estrangement on Madonna’s relationship with director Guy Ritchie, her husband from 2000 until 2008.