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Katy Perry and 6 Other Artists Accused of Ripping Off A Song

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Stealing is wrong…I think we all know that. I still feel really guilty about shoplifting that Chunkie when I was six. 7/11 didn’t deserve that. But It’s especially wrong when a totally famous, rich musician steals from a lesser known artist and has a HUGE hit from that theft. Here’s a look at 7 artists who were accused of ripping off someone else’s song.


Katy Perry’s Roar  Vs.  Sara Bareilles’ Brave

 The latest stolen song scandal revolves around Katy Perry’s new single Roar and how it sounds exactly like this:

Making matters worse for Katy is that back in May she tweeted how much she loved Brave. So there goes the ‘I never even heard that song before’ defense I’m thinking this is a case of unconscious thievery, because Bareilles isn’t exactly unknown so it would be weird to steal from her. Plus I truly believe in my heart that Katy Perry is actually unconscious-like most of the time. THAT DON’T MAKE IT RIGHT THOUGH! Katy need to issue a ‘My bad!’ ASAP. So far Bareilles is taking the high road. No word from Katy yet. I’m sure her lawyers will craft a heartfelt statement shortly.

CLICK HERE to hear the two songs playing over each other and kind of sounding good.

Also: how hilarious is the ad that popped up when I was watching the Brave video:

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Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend  Vs.  Rubinoos’ I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

I think the thing we can take away from this controversy is the fact that PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING TO TAKE CREDIT FOR THIS PIECE OF SH*T SONG!?! That being said I’m totally Team Rubinoos. Here’s what Avril had to say when she was sued,  “I had never heard this song in my life…all songs share similar lyrics and emotions. As humans we speak one language.”  STFU, Avril. Strangely enough, Avril settled the suit even though she was innocent.  But she’s totally guilty when it comes to making me shake my head.



Sorry…I’m still all WTF regarding Chavril.


Tom Petty’s American Girl  Vs. The Stroke’s Last Nite

When Last Nite came out many called ‘Foul!’ at the obvious thievery. But then The Strokes kind of admitted it as if it was no big deal. According to Tom Petty AKA the coolest friggin’ dude ever, “The Strokes took ‘American Girl’, and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, ‘OK, good for you.’ It doesn’t bother me.” It so didn’t bother him that he had The Strokes appear as his opening act on one of his US tours. See… told you he’s the coolest friggin’ dude ever. 


Coldplay’s Viva la Vida  Vs.  Joe Satriani’s If I Could Fly

Guitar legend, Joe Satriani sued Coldplay for copyright infringement after he thought their hit Viva la Vida sounded suspiciously like his song If I could Fly. According to Satriani, “I spent so long writing the song, thinking about it, loving it, nursing it, and then finally recording it and standing on stages the world over playing it — and then somebody comes along and plays the exact same song and calls it their own.” Coldplay claimed (you guessed it!) they had never even heard If I Could Fly and adding insult to thievery claimed Satriani’s song “lacked originality.” Which I’m sure is a legal tactic but comes off as total dickishness. Coldplay settled. But admitted to doing nothing wrong. Which is a legal tactic but still comes off as ‘kind of guilty of something.’


Radiohead’s Creep  Vs.  The Hollies The Air That I Breath

At first I was like ‘WTF these songs sound nothing alike.’ LAWSUIT FAIL. Then I heard the chord progression and I was like okay, maaaaybe. But Radiohead was successfully sued for plagiarism and now members of The Hollies are credited on the song as co-writers. But you know what? Creep is still my karaoke showstopper no matter who wrote it. And The Hollies can’t take credit for that. Or can they?


Metallica’s Enter Sandman  Vs.  Excel’s Tapping Into the Emotional Void

Omg I still love that song. Yes, I know. I’m not a true Metallica fan. I’m an Enter Sandman fan. Or am I a Tapping Into the Emotional Void fan?

 Nah…I still prefer Sandman, but I can appreciate other’s claims that it’s a total rip off. I can also appreciate the irony of Metallica being accused of song stealing. That’s perhaps the best part of it all.


Madonna’s Express Yourself  Vs.  Lady Gaga’s Born This Way

You gotta give Lady Gaga credit for stealing from Madonna. That takes guts. Speaking of guts…Madonna and Lady Gaga totally hate each other’s guts. Madonna has called Gaga ‘reductive’ which is a snooty way of saying she thinks Lady Gaga copies her in a dumb-downed way. Then she performed an aweseomly bitchy Express Yourself/Born This Way mashup. I’d be totally scared to piss of Madonna, but Lady Gaga doesn’t seem to care. Maybe she does have a huge set of balls down there?

So what do you think? Let me know your verdicts @desijedeikin or in the comments below!

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