Madonna's "Give Me All Your Love" hasn't even been officially released yet, but in addition to all the positive buzz the song has been receiving (from The Amp included), it's also drawing some unflattering attention for its similarities to another song. No, not Toni Basil's "Mickey": Above is the video for Nicola Roberts' "Beat of My Drum," a single the Girls Aloud singer released in June, the Metro writes. Wait for the chorus… it's a near replica of the cheerleading intro to "Give Me All Your Love." "Copy-catting has never flattered me...," Roberts tweeted in response to fellow Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole's quip, "Imitation is the biggest form of flattery!"
Yes, Roberts spells love "L.O.V.E." and Madonna spells it "L.U.V.," but it's not like either artists were the first to say, "Hey, cheerleading chants would sound great on a single!" They both borrow heavily from "Mickey" and "Hollaback Girl," as well as the whole pep rally resurgence that can be partially credited to the indie band the Go! Team. Roberts has little reason to be upset, since her song isn't exactly the most original track to begin with. "Beat of My Drum" is like a Photostatted carbon copy of a Major Lazer or M.I.A. song, which it essentially is considering Diplo produced those artists and Roberts' track. Also, Roberts should just know that our biggest pop stars steal inspiration all the time and rarely link back.
You know who's even madder than Nicola right now? Madonna! The Material Girl is not pleased that "Give Me All Your Love" leaked so far ahead of schedule. "Madonna told me this morning 'my true fans wouldn't do this'... whoever is responsible for this leak, we ask that you please stop!," Madonna's manager Guy Oseary politely tweeted this morning. "I'm very happy with the positive reaction to the demo, but we are very upset with whoever leaked the song! We are asking that the fans please help us police any more leaks.. we have a lot in store for you.. but please respect the process.." Oseary stuck around to answer some fans' questions, but sadly no one asked, "What does Madonna loathe more, leaks or Hydrangeas?"
- Nicola Roberts