This week Madonna’s lead MDNA single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” climbed up three positions to #10 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, thus marking her 38th single to place in the Top 10. Of all the artists in the chart’s history, Madge is the leader in this respect. (The Beatles and the runners up, with 34 Top 10s to their credit.) Her last single to rank in the upper tier of the Hot 100 was “4 Minutes”, which reached #3 in 2008. That’s all fine and dandy, but unfortunately for The Material Girl, there now seems to be a storm of controversy brewing over “Give Me All Your Luvin’”.
Brazilian artist Joao Brasil is claiming that Madonna’s new single contains similar elements to his song “L.O.V.E. Banana”. Below is the video for the latter. See what you think.
Joao Brasil — ”L.O.V.E. Banana”
What a classic. According to MTV UK, Brasil himself isn’t looking to tangle with Madge, but his record company may be considering legal action.
Here’s what he is reported to have said to the Brazilian newspaper Folha da Sao Pauolo:
“I still don’t understand what happened. I’m a huge fan of hers. If it’s plagiarism, then even better. She is always at the cutting edge of music, so it’s a good sign about what I do. It’s in [the record label's] hands, they’re looking at how to proceed and what they can do. But personally I don’t want to do anything. The last thing I need in my life is a fight with Madonna.”
If you ask us, the only similarity here is the female chanting “L-O-V-E”, which slightly resembles Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.’s cheerleader-esque shouting of “L-U-V, MADONNA” on the “Give Me All Your Luvin’” chorus.
One person who is taking Madonna to task over the “Luvin’” dust-up is onetime Deee-Lite singer Lady Miss Kier. Below are her thoughts on the matter, as posted on her tumblr account:
“that is the exact same hook of the song ( which is the only rememberable part of both songs ) in the same key , same delivery. oops..she did it again. she’ll probably pay them approx 500,000$ in hush money to retain writers credit or probably already did. it’s what she’s always done. she’s McDonna being herself.”
Perhaps Miss Kier is still smarting over the similarities between Deee-Lite’s World Clique single “Power Of Love” and Madonna’s Immaculate Collection single “Rescue Me”, both of which were released around the same time in late 1990 and contained the lyrical refrain “I believe in the power of love”?
Deee-Lite — ”Power Of Love”
Side note: Lady Miss Kier, we’d just like to state that we are ready for a Deee-Lite reunion anytime.