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LADY GAGA SUED

Accused of Ripping Off 'Judas'

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8/5/2011 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lady Gaga Judas
Lady Gaga
's hit song "Judas" is a total rip-off of a 1999 song called "Juda" ... so says a singer named Rebecca Francescatti ... who just filed a lawsuit against Gaga in federal court.

Rebecca claims the similarities between the two songs are NOT a coincidence ... because her former bass player -- Brian Gaynor -- is now employed by a music company that wrote 17 songs on Gaga's recent "Born This Way" album.

Rebecca's lawyer, Chris Niro, tells TMZ, "Though the songs are different styles, the composition is the same and the chorus is the same melody ... [Rebecca] is seeking recognition for what she created."

Francescatti, who sings under the name Rebecca F., is suing for unspecified damages. 

We called Lady Gaga's camp for comment ... no word back so far.

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166.

WENDY LU    

THE FACT IS PEOPLE THAT LADY GAGA IS BAD ASS AND SHE SELLS COPIED OR NOT WE LISTEN! CRY A RIVER BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT!!!

1144 days ago
167.

SpazeDevize    

Not even close. Rebecca's sounds like a Tori Amos rip-off. Earn your money elsewhere loser.

1144 days ago
168.

Shim    

the songs sound nothing like each other

1144 days ago
169.

john    

They sound nothing alike...at all. Gaga has never "ripped off" anybody, actually. She takes a lot of her influence from the 80's and 90's, and most pop songs sounded the exact same then, so it doesn't surprise me that they would sound similar. She has never denied paying homage to songs she loves, but when you listen to the actual instrumentals of songs, like "Born This Way", it sounds nothing like "Express Yourself". The melody was merely similar because she was paying homage to Madonna. She can write music, and does a much better job than most pop music artists today, I believe.

1144 days ago
170.

Kenneth    

Admit it, even if you HATE GAG GAG, (aka gaga) they sound nothing alike.

1144 days ago
171.

bossysara    

omg what the **** are u kidding me... that stupid JUDA song sounds like **** first of all, and 2nd it sounds NOTHING like JUDAS...

lame ass woman just trying to get money from Gaga

1144 days ago
172.

Chad    

I was not a fan of Judas at all, nor the entire born this way album but this Rebecca Francescatti song is terrible and not even close to Judas. Give me Rebecca Black any day, lmao.

1144 days ago
173.

chrisk    

And also how is Juda help me the same as Oh Judas baby? Please can someone please explain that to me?

1144 days ago
174.

chrisk    

So now the world knows which of these starts is the jealous type right? Does not sound remotely close. The song is called Judas. and the other Juda obviously if you put Ju-da in the song it will sound the same...

1144 days ago
175.

Duh    

guys, she rips off a lot of people. I like her music, considering it's a more modern Madonna (she's smart. Be freaky and tell everyone to "be themselves" just like Madonna) and rip off a lot of music. Personally, Rebecca's song is terrible and doesn't sound good at all but Gaga's sounds good to me :P Shouldn't Rebecca be suing the writer, though? Isn't he the one who created it?

1144 days ago
176.

David    

Rebecca Is Stupid These Songs Arent Similar Gaga Is Just better And Rebecca Is Pissed Cause She Aint Compared To Gaga (:

1144 days ago
177.

Warren    

Just to get our facts straight, Lady Gaga actually ripped off the Staple Singer's "Respect Yourself". Madonna (actually songwriter Stephen Bray) previously borrowed from the Staple Singers for her version of "Express Yourself".

1144 days ago
178.

Val    

I definitely see the similarities, especially in the lyrics.

1144 days ago
179.

Monty    

The only think similar between the two songs are the titles. Francescatti's tune sounds nothing like "Judas". Is she that desperate for money?

1144 days ago
180.

Nikki    

I don't care for Gaga at all and never heard either one of these songs. I am a classic rocker. But these two songs are as different as ACDC and Bob Seger. They sound nothing alike. Now the song she sang that they said she ripped off Madonna....did indeed sound like Madonna's. But, really why is everyone so glued on this young lady and insisting she is stealing from them when it is clear they just want a piece of the huge pie. Money sure talks, eh?

1144 days ago
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