Katy Perry is being sued by Christian hip-hop star Flame and three other rappers for allegedly ripping off the award-winning gospel song ‘Joyful Noise’ for her hit track ‘Dark Horse.’
Flame – real name Marcus T. Gray – and a three other musicians have filed a lawsuit in St. Louis, Missouri against the 29-year-old singer, accusing her of ripping off their award-winning Christian gospel track ‘Joyful Noise’ for her hit song ‘Dark Horse.’
The 32-year-old rapper claims in court documents that Katy, whose parents are extremely religious, hijacked their music, tarnished it with black magic, witchcraft and paganism, and ruined their reputation in the Christian music world because of the imagery that appears in her music video, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.
Listen to both tracks here: (as mixed by Cho’zyn Boy)
· 0:00-0:25 Joyful Noise (original song)
· 0:25-0:40 Dark Horse (original song)
· 0:40-0:53 Speeds up tempo from 66 BPM to 76 BPM
· 0:53-1:07 Takes pitch down one decimal from Db to C
· 1:07-1:17 Mixes in Joyful Noise
· 1:17-1:23 Side-by-side, both at 72 BPM
· 1:23-1:30 Joyful Noise by itself
· 1:30-1:48 Dark Horse by itself
Cho’zyn Boy, who is Flame’s DJ, told christian hip-hop website Rapzilla that “What listeners are hearing is Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ at 66 beats per minute and they’re hearing Flame’s “Joyful Noise” at 76 beats per minute,” he said. “When they’re separated, they seem a bit different, but when you bring them to the same tempo and you just change her pitch down one octave, they’re identical … When things are that similar, it’s hard to dispute.”
The group, who released their track five years ago, are seeking unspecified damages and want the ‘Roar’ singer, who is currently on her ‘Prismatic World Tour’ to be banned from using any form of their music immediately.
Following the success of ‘Dark Horse,’ Katy was crowned the new RIAA Gold & Platinum Program’s top digital artist of all time last week, with 72 million digital singles sold.
The star co-wrote the track with singer-songwriter Sarah Hudson in her native Santa Barbara, California, and previously claimed it was inspired by the 1996 film ‘The Craft’ for the song, which is “about warning a guy that if you’re going to fall in love with me, make sure you’re sure because if not, it’s gonna be your last.”