Taylor Swift on Madonna Praise: 'Now I'm Dead'

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Taylor Swift is seen in TriBeCa on Jan. 17, 2015 in New York City. 

Madonna has flattened Taylor Swift… with a compliment. 

The reigning Queen Of Pop has invited Taylor into her realm by suggesting the ever-rising superstar was a "princess" of the genre. 

Speaking to Australian presenter Richard Wilkins for Network Nine's Today show, Madonna said, "It's good to have princesses [of pop]. It means there's lots of pretty dresses around. I like Taylor Swift. I think she writes some really catchy pop songs. I can't get them out of my head."

Taylor responded on her Tumblr page with a suitably swift riposte. "Thanks now I'm dead" (She followed with the gushing hashtags #HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH THIS #BE COOL TAYLOR STOP BEING EMBARRASSING).

There was a time when Madonna couldn't get Kylie Minogue out of her head, and she proved it in 2000 by wearing a "Kylie" t-shirt on stage (and of course, the Aussie singer wore a "Madonna" top to return the favor). Surely it can't be long before Taylor is spotted in a "Madonna" t-shirt.

Madonna is currently promoting her latest album Rebel Heart, tracks from which were leaked online before Christmas, four-and-a-half-months ahead of schedule. Madonna's manager Guy Oseary told Billboard his ward was "devastated and sickened" by the hack-job on her album, and he said it prompted the surprise pre-release of six songs from the album on Dec. 20 on iTunes.

Earlier this month, police in Israel arrested a local man on suspicion of hacking into the veteran pop star's computer and distributing Rebel Heart demos.

Taylor's latest effort 1989 hasn't had any such problem. The album recently passed the 4 million sales milestone in the U.S. She's now sold more than 27 million career albums in her homeland.