Published on August 6th, 2019 | by Alan Cross2
UPDATE: Confused about the Katy Perry plagiarism verdict? Don’t worry. Everyone else is, too–including musicologists. No wonder Katy’s gonna appeal.
According to a jury, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is a rip-off of a 2013 Christian rap track called “Joyful Noise” by Marcus Gray–this despite the two songs not sharing a melody, bassline, chord progression or tempo. Yet she has to pay Gray US$2.8 million.
Something about this really, really stinks (I’ll have more to say on this later). But don’t take my word for it. Let’s hear from a musicologist.
If you want to do some of your own study, here are the songs in question.
By the way, what about “Moments in Love” by The Art of Noise? It was first released in 1983. Shouldn’t they get something, too?
UPDATE: Here comes the inevitable appeal. Perry’s lawyers are going to seek to have this verdict overturned. As it should be.