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Madonna has made another jibe at Lady Gaga.
The 'Celebration' singer claimed she is a big fan of the younger pop star's track 'Born This Way' - which has previously been compared with her hit 'Express Yourself' - because she "helped to write" the song.
She said on Brazilian TV: "I'm a really big fan of ['Born This Way']. I'm glad that I helped Gaga write it."
Madonna - who has performed a mash-up of 'Born This Way' and 'Express Yourself' during her 'MDNA' gigs - has previously claimed Gaga copied her track.
She has said: "I thought, 'What a wonderful way to redo my song'. I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was... interesting."
However, Gaga has previously hit back on the comparisons, branding them "retarded".
She said: "I'm a songwriter. I've written loads of music. Why would I try to put out a song and think I'm getting one over on everybody? That's retarded.
"What a completely ridiculous thing to even question me about... If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression.
"It's the same one that's been in disco music for the last 50 years. Just because I'm the first f**king artist in 25 years to think of putting it on Top 40 radio, it doesn't mean I'm a plagiarist, it means that I'm f**king smart. Sorry!"
Madonna has set up a "sterilization team" to wipe away any DNA in her dressing room after shows on her MDNA world tour.
The 53-year-old has also told organizers only her and her entourage are allowed backstage passes.
Concert promoter Álvaro Ramos, who is overseeing the Portuguese leg of the concert dates revealed her demands.
Speaking at a press conference, he said: "We have to take extreme care, like I have never seen for any other artist. We cannot even look at the dressing room, after it is ready, or even open the door.
"We can only enter after her sterilisation team has left the room. There will not be any of Madonna's DNA, any hair, or anything. They will clean up everything. In the end it is all to protect her and make her feel comfortable.
"I do understand it, but it is taken to extremes."
Madonna's other demands in the past have included ordering a new toilet seat at every venue.
The singer will play at the Coimbra City Stadium in Portugal, where the dressing rooms will be converted by her own staff.
Álvaro added: "Her team will build everything for her, including fake ceilings and fake walls, so they can ensure that no one has hidden a camera somewhere."
Last night, a source close to Madonna said: "She is a perfectionist, and expects the best. But then, at her age and with her status, why shouldn't she?"
Madonna reportedly takes an entourage of 200 people on tour.
The 53-year-old singer's demands for her current 'MDNA' run of shows - which began in May and ends in December - are said to include being accompanied by 30 bodyguards, personal chefs, an acupuncturist, a yoga instructor and an on-site dry cleaner.
Additionally, the 'Celebration' hitmaker also requests 20 international phone lines backstage and insists on only vegan snacks.
Madonna is particular about the look of her dressing room, which must be draped in a particular fabric and filled with white and pale pink roses and lillies, with the stems on each flower trimmed to exactly six inches.
After her shows, the singer likes her hotel rooms to be a home-away-from home and has her own furniture shipped into the suites.
A source told InTouch Weekly magazine: "Madonna requires all furniture be removed from the rooms and replaced with her own pieces that she has shipped in."
Among Madonna's entourage seems to be a lookalike for her daughter Lourdes.
The 'Hung Up' singer - who has also taken on five clones for herself - took the drastic step of getting a body double for the15-year-old dancer following advice from Lourdes' father Carlos Leon.
A source said recently: "Carlos suggested hiring a Lourdes lookalike to take the pressure off the teenager."
Friday, June 15, 2012 • Tags: Madonna