If a male artist goes from YouTube sensation to being courted by every major label, he is in charge. But if an emerging female artist gets asked to contribute to the Girls soundtrack, she must be a sell-out, a puppet, mangled to sell something the corporations already own.
So look, there is no question that Madonna was an original. But so is Solange. And I love you, Mom, but criticizing a pop song for "sounding like Madonna" is about as an airless a judgement as saying you don't like baked ziti because it "tastes like lasagna."
On a cold, sunny day in Paris, the Sunday before Christmas, I met Camille Saint-Jacques for lunch at a beautiful traditional bistro near the Drouot auction house. He agreed to talk about what it had been like to be a young artist in Paris.