A Christian rap group claims that Katy Perry plagiarized their music with her track Dark Horse music. This is the second complaint a religious group has put in about the singer’s track, which includes a music video featuring religious symbols and black magic imagery. The Firework singer has not yet responded to the claims.
The rap group Flame claim that Dark Horse uses the same sound as their own track called Joyful Noise. The group’s producer Cho’zyn Boy explained that the original is recorded at 76 beats per minute, 10 beats per minute faster than Perry’s. The only other difference is that the pitch of Dark Horse is an octave lower. Rapzilla reports that it will be difficult for the singer and her legal team to dispute anything different.
However, the band is not just suing for damages. The lawsuit filed in St. Louis also claims that the video for Dark Horse has “irreparably tarnished” Flame’s track. The video is full of imagery that is against the Christian religion, including witchcraft, Illuminati and paganism. People who hear the track Joyful Noise will now more likely remember Dark Horse and it will affect the meaning of the band’s track.
DJ Cho’zyn Boy decided to create a track with the two songs one after the other, allowing people to hear for themselves to determine whether Perry has plagiarized the music like the Christian rap group claims. There is certainly a resemblance between the two.
This is not the first ever case of a top musician plagiarizing music. Some of the biggest names have been involved in lawsuits, including Led Zepplin and Green Day. In fact, Green Day has been accused of plagiarism on a number of occasions including on big tracks like 21 Guns and American Idiot. Some listeners also complained that Boulevard of Broken Dreams used a very similar chord structure as Wonderwall by Oasis.
Radiohead is another band that has been accused of plagiarism. The alt-rock song Creep was accused as using the same verse as The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies. The Hollies won that lawsuit, and continue to earn royalties from the popular track. Of course, there have been many cases where the claimants have not won the lawsuits because of the nature of music and chord structures.
The lawsuit has only just been filed against Perry. She and her legal team will have time to decide on their defense, or whether they will settle out of court.
Unfortunately for the Hot N Cold singer this is not the first time the Dark Horse track has come under fire from a religious group. At the start of the year, Muslims complained over the scene in her video where a man is burned while wearing an Allah pendant. Parts of the video were removed from YouTube as many banded together to sign a petition.
The Firework singer never seems to be annoyed at people complaining about her music. However, this is the first time someone has accused her of plagiarism. It will be interesting to see how Perry handles the claim that she plagiarized music by the Christian rap group Flame.
Note: This piece has been updated after wrongly stating that Rapzilla was the group’s producer. The source where that information was taken from was misleading, but the correct information has now been given.
By Alexandria Ingham