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Four musicians say the pop star Katy Perry stole their song.
A group of Christian musicians filed a lawsuit against Perry for copyright infringement, claiming her hit ‘Dark Horse’ is a replica of their 2008 song ‘Joyful Noise.’
The four plaintiffs added that their song has been corrupted by “witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery,” according to the complaint they filed on July 1 in St. Louis.
Rappers Marcus Gray, Emanuel Lambert, Lecrae Moore and producer Chike Ojukwu suing Katy Perry, Juicy J, Lukasz Gottwald, Sarah Theresa Hudson, Max Martin, Henry Russell Walter and Capitol Records.
Fans of the songs noted their similarities after ‘Dark Horse’ was released and became a hit on the radio, linking to a mashup of the two songs. When ‘Dark Horse’ became a hit, fans of Flame reacted on Twitter, saying the track was stolen.
‘Dark Horse’ was released in September 2013 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in January 2014. Six years earlier, Flame’s album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, and ‘Joyful Noise’ also got a Dove Award nomination.
This isn’t the first time Perry was accused of allegedly copying a song. In 2013, critics pointed out unconditional similarities between her hit song ‘Roar’ and Sara Bareilles’ song ‘Brave.’