When "Roar" was released, I heard squawks that it sounded like Sara Bareilles's "Brave." I ignored it, typically not buying into claims that artists rip off songs from others. It's the nature of pop music - one artist's breakthrough sound eventually becomes mainstream until someone else tries something new. I don't have time for all this hullabaloo about Lady Gaga copying Madonna, Christina copying Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears copying some old country band (outrageous, Bellamy Brothers!).
But one day while driving, the proof of these "Roar"/"Brave" copy cat claims hissed out of my speakers and clawed my ears! "Roar" played on one station, so I switched it after a few beats to another station, where I found the same beats. Ugh, I thought. Two stations playing the same song at the same time. But the same beats, same tempo, and same key had a different voice. Why was a cover of "Roar" on the radio? After listening to a few more beats, I realized it also had different lyrics. It was Sara Bareilles's "Brave!" Pop music always has similarities in beats and lyrics, but there's a difference between similarities and mistaking one song for a completely different one. Take a listen to the two songs below if you haven't already.
This is the most brazen rip-off I've heard, with releases just months apart, and Katy Perry acknowledging she both heard and loved "Brave" months before "Roar's" release.
Of course artists always influence and build off one another. I generally like Katy Perry. Her music is fun. It's catchy. I own both her albums. But I'd like to think Katy Perry, with her millions of dollars and world-famous producers, could have come up with something a little more creative. Until then, I'll be listening to more Sara Bareilles ...and One Direction.
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