Did Katy Perry & producer Dr. Luke steal elements of her hit “Dark Horse“?
According to christian hip-hop artist Flame, the melody & beat of his 2008 song “Joyful Noise” were slowed down and turned into Katy’s “Dark Horse”.
He filed a lawsuit in in Missouri District Court on Tuesday.
The suit says that Perry and her co-writers infringed the copyright of the Christian song “Joyful Noise” and have exploited and profited from its use.
It also says that “Joyful Noise” has been “irreparably tarnished by its aassociationith the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse’.”
“Joyful Noise” was written in 2007 and released in 2008. The song received a 2008 Gospel Music Association Dove Award nomination for the best rap/hip-hop song, the suit says.
The album, “Our World: Redeemed,” received a Grammy Award nomination for best rock or rap gospel album and a Stellar Award nomination for rap album of the year in 2008.
Eric Kayira, one of the lawyers for the hip-hop artists, said that comparisons of the songs “percolated” various places online and eventually made their way to the performers’ ears.
It names Perry, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson; Juicy J, born Jordan Michael Houston; Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald; Max Martin of California; Cirkut, born Henry Russell Walter; Sarah Theresa Hudson of California; and Capitol Records LLC.
Listen to both songs below. Do you notice any similarities?
[via STL Today]