What's done in the dark shall come to light. At least in Pop singer Katy Perry's case.
It is being reported that Gospel Rappers Flame
andGrammy award winning Gospel rapper Lecrae
are accusing Perry of using the tune of their track “Joyful Noise”
for her number one Billboard hit “Dark Horse.”
According to Christian Today
, the Christian rap single “Joyful Noise” was written in 2007, five years before Perry’s song.
It featured Christian rappers Lecrae, Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu and was nominated for Best Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year
award from the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.
“Our World: Redeemed,”
Flame’s album which featured “Joyful Noise” was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.
“Specifically, defendants’ unauthorized reproduction, distribution, and public performance of
plaintiffs’ musical composition constitute infringement of plaintiffs’ exclusive rights in their copyright.”
The rappers also intend to sue for damages. According to the rappers, Perry’s use of the tune not only plagiarized their work,
it also impacted their Christian image.
Flame reportedly brought about the lawsuit after a blog post on SoundsJustLike.com
compared “Joyful Noise” with “Dark Horse.”
The artists declare in their lawsuit:
“The devoutly religious message of “Joyful Noise” has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in Dark Horse.”
Now some listener have responding saying that both artist are not original because the beat
is also similar the the group Art of Noise jazz hit 'Moments in Love'. With
so many artist sampling now, its hard to really tell whose original.
Take a listen below.
What are your thoughts?
As reported on ELEV8