Why You Should Boycott Katy Perry's "Roar"

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Two of the biggest superstars in the world had two of the biggest musical fails this week, as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga released two singles that tarnish whatever reputations they had as solid songwriters. Perry completely ripped off a lesser-known singer, and Gaga released a barely intelligible track all about revering her. 

But Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, is still destined to have some great tracks on it, since Gaga always keeps people guessing by switching up melodies and genres, even within the same album. As for Perry, she's completely lost the respect of at least one hardcore fan.

Perry built up a lot of hype surrounding her just-released "Roar," from sending around a massive gold truck bearing the Prism name of her upcoming album, to leaking the hair-metal-inspired cover art. Ke$ha has already been there, done that with the art direction of her latest album, Warrior. This was just the first copycat move by Perry.

When the track dropped, something about it seemed eerily familiar. About four months ago, Sara Bareilles (you know, the "Love Song" lady) released "Brave" (also 92.5 beats per minute and with nearly identical verse melodies). It's impossible to tell the songs apart.
How can a musical faux pas like this happen, and why would Perry's camp decide to make "Roar" the first impression fans have of Prism? Sure, the melody is catchy, but could her highly paid co-songwriters really not come up with anything original? Are they really dumb enough to think they could release the song and get away unscathed from criticism? It's really sad. When Perry debuted into the pop world with her album One of the Boys, she boasted songwriting credits on most of the album's songs, from the emotive acoustic guitar-powered "Thinking of You" to the fun and glitzy "Waking Up in Vegas." The songwriting on that album really came from the heart and showed off Perry's human side, that she was just like one of us, a gal who gets her heartbroken and does dumb things in Vegas.

 Her next album, Teenage Dream, started to show the signs of a sell-out. Perry unnecessarily sexed up her image, blasting whipped cream from her breasts and singing about penises. The outfits got increasingly skimpy, not like the cool vintage fashion of the early days that really gave her character.
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devinedeligate
devinedeligate

im certain that none of the people claiming to write songs actually wrote them in the first place. When the real writer comes forward .... if they are not bound by a contract...these things would be evident...except that the lie is meant to cover this up. There are only a few good songs and the same with writers. Every one wants a piece...and they all get some. They wont have it any other way. the whole world is upside down and all wrong. It will take an act of God to set it right again. If God inspires great words...it makes since that he might be comunicating through songs pop songs even...but if the money is going to these big record companies etc. And not the poor whom in fact are the creators of original works...then God is not gonna sit by and watch the lie kill his people and destroy the earth. But money makes people think there is no God. Probly because of hoarders like these. Cant they just perform the song and make enough. No they have to be super rich. So they make a deal with the devil. Just my opinion. I am nobody.

rickdunn101
rickdunn101

Roar was written by Bonnie McKee, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter and Perry; produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut.

Brave was written by Bareilles and Jack Antonoff and produced by Mark Endert. Brave was registered with two publishing companies prior to Roar and Perry tweeted a link to the music video to Brave four months prior to the release of Roar. Both songs are 92.5 beats per-minute and sharing obvious similarities in structure, verse melodies, and production. They are very different in that Brave is a good song and Roar sucks.

mitchmilner
mitchmilner

You also forgot that her chorus is also a ripoff of the cliche "I am woman, hear me roar," and the "Eye of the Tiger" from the movie, Rocky. She's unoriginal and the feminism in her music is getting old. I don't understand why she's constantly put out there when her audience is mostly little girls anyways.

kneecapsmitty
kneecapsmitty

Whoever owns her or her image or whatever, wrote this song as a slap in face to the industry!!!  Her people know exactly what they are doing.  It is saying that all those motivational ballad that make us want to get up and conquer the evil demons of the world are a worthless attempt at motivating the hopeless masses.  Its telling us no matter how many uplifting songs they release the people will still just sit on there couches doing a lot of talking about changing something,  but never get up and do it.   Didn't anyone see her original lyric video that was released before the jungle one?  She was taking a crap on the toilet texting writting the song lyrics. Her people are very calculated in the moves they make for her,  this is a fact.  Why???

urineorurout
urineorurout

Flat out note-for-note identical songs like TGIF and Tik Tok and the Katy-Sara song aside, is it even conceivable that any artist would know all of the influences that led to a creative epiphany? That genre is so limited, there may not be any completely unique pop songs left to write. Maybe there's always been just the 1


sammi.briggs101
sammi.briggs101

Thanks NTimes for wasting again another music article. Very poorly written. I don't know if it's impossible for you to write articles about local artists but it seems that way. Everything to NTimes now is party's, and tits. I'm glad I live in the metal world were there's actually really fucking music and real fucking people.

kyle_reid1
kyle_reid1

"Her next album, Teenage Dream, started to show the signs of a sell-out. Perry unnecessarily sexed up her image, blasting whipped cream from her breasts and singing about penises. The outfits got increasingly skimpy, not like the cool vintage fashion of the early days that really gave her character."

Yeah, she totally sexed up her image for album two. Cartoonish whipped cream breasts and teeth braces are much sexier than singing about girl on girl while writhing around on a bed in a short dress and prancing around in stockings and suspenders.

Ken Udall
Ken Udall

If they want a boycott of this, why do they have a link on page 2?

Gene Rollins
Gene Rollins

Can't stand Katy Perry... but I just compared the two - thanks for putting Sara Bareilles on my radar.

Rob Morgan
Rob Morgan

I can't imagine for a minute that there's any songwriting done by any of the artists mentioned here. I could be wrong but I'm guessing not.

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

The "copycat" likely has to do with the fact that both records used the same producer. If you're going to blame someone, blame the producer who came up with the beat tracks in the first place. Obviously none of this really counts as music, but if you're going to rip someone at least do a bit of research.

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

Occult subliminal symbolism aside shes still hot and talented

Rita Mary
Rita Mary

too funny to get all ignited about... this Katy song sounds like every Katy song that sounds like all the teenage pop Keisha Gaga stuff that's out there...a rip off? maybe, but it sure sounds like everything else she has produced and that's just the facts

Kourtney Mei
Kourtney Mei

Wow. thanks for posting. I don't choose to listen to Katy Perry but it's Blatant rip off of the Sara Bareilles track.

kreativejenius88
kreativejenius88

Wow! Thanks New Times for posting this. I don't really listen to Katy Perry, although it's kind of unavoidable to some extent. This is the same damn song! How can her camp even think it wasn't going to be noticed? The Bareilles song has had some recent radio traction too. The best producers and songwriters money can buy and blatantly ripping off another pop artists song is what happens. Where is originality? 


Jonathan Gionson
Jonathan Gionson

pop artists copying each other? what a surprise! not really lol as someone who has worked in the music business for years this is not new by any means...

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog

if you ever thought gaga/perry/keisha were good in any capiticy, and claim to be a "hardcore fan" of any of this completely image derived slop, your ears should have filed a restraining order against the rest of you long long ago.

Nick Roen
Nick Roen

I'm fine boycotting her whole charade

Ari Leopold
Ari Leopold

ahem, when did katy perry have a reputation as a solid songwriter?

Dani Cutler
Dani Cutler

I read that Perry wrote her song first. However, she could have copied the melody later.

SamuelWilliams
SamuelWilliams

I've never really considered myself to be a Katy Perry fan before but this is such a poorly written article. I find it odd that you had to mention the fashion of the single cover, when 

1. The Kesha single & album cover are a tribal fashion while Katy's is hair / glam rock. Not even comparable.

2. Even if she had, you list it as though it is uncommon. U2 & Red Hot Chili Peppers arguably copied the rooftop performance originally done by the Beatles however this doesn't tarnish their reputation. Why's that?

You even said it's difficult to tell the difference between the two songs. This is a huge over exaggeration. Infact, the only similarities are the piano line, and, believe it or not, music is almost always written months before it is released to the public. Unless Sara Bareilles makes a personal statement, I refuse to believe this is nothing more than an awkward coincidence. Teenage Dream was also not the first sign of Katy Perry 'sexing up' her image. This is obviously ignoring her major hit I Kissed A Girl. On top of it all, you tagged this article with the keyword 'beef'. Why? Sara hasn't made comment on the situation. Infact, the only people that have made comment is the media, who are creating a fake beef between two artists. Maybe it's time to work on your understanding of news values & reporting Nicki. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Hate to burst your bubble, you “hardcore fan," but you’re a whole album late.Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) was a complete rip-off of the totally crappy T.G.I.Friday of Rebecca Black infamy.You’re willingness to give her a pass on that before even getting to this one is somewhat inexcusable for a music critic.

rickdunn101
rickdunn101

You are either being disingenuous or simply stupid. Brave was written by Bareilles and Jack Antonoff and produced by Mark Endert. Roar was written by Bonnie McKee, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Henry Walter and Perry produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut. Not one of the producers on Perry's Prism contributed to Bareilles latest CD, so if you're going to RIP a writer because you don't agree with their opinion DO A BIT OF RESEARCH.

lucase22
lucase22

@JohnQ.Public

Hey genius . Teenage Dream the album was released a year before Rebecca Black produced her song, and TGIF was on the album. And Brave and Roar are identical other than the lyrics, the melody, the verse and the chorus.

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