Quickly, right after fellow blogger Azrael of Azrael’s Merryland informed us that there are songs that (allegedly) were copied and has become smash-hits by Katy Perry, we searched the Internet and we’ve found out that Christian rappers Flame, Lecrae, and others are suing Perry for stealing the sound of their song “Joyful Noise,” released five years before Perry‘s song “Dark Horse,” claiming people are now associating the artists with her demonic song. We checked out the song and played on YouTube the two videos at almost exactly the same speed and at almost the same timeline. We’ve found an almost similarity between the two songs like the bouncing melody up tempo but when it comes to the chorus line it’s like the two songs are going on different directions.
What strikes us is the concept of the two songs. While “Joyful Noise” speaks about Jesus Christ, “Dark Horse” allegedly speaks of witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery. The artist known as Flame, along with Lecrae, Hike Ojukwu, and Emanuel Lambert filed the suit. According to multiple reports the suit said Perry not only copied the music, but affected their reputation in the Christian music world by associating the tune with anti-Christian witchcraft and imagery because of Perry’s controversial music video for “Dark Horse.” (RELATED: 5 Popular and influential songs with dark and intriguing stories hidden in their lyrics)
Take a look and compare if “Dark Horse” indeed copied “Joyful Noise”.
But aside from “Joyful Noise”, another song earlier was found to have a close resemblance to Katy Perry’s song “Roar.” The early reaction to “Roar” was more or less, “Hey, that sure sounds like a Sara Bareilles song called ‘Brave.’” Unlike the Christian rappers, Bareilles immediately tweeted a classy response to the outcry (“All Love, everybody. All love.”), and for what it’s worth, Perry tweeted her love of “Brave” all the way back in May 2013.
Good for Perry, but this time, we’ve found striking similarity between “Roar” and “Brave”. You be the judge, readers.
When it comes to classic new wave songs, we can proudly say that we know a lot when it comes to that genre. That is why when Eraserheads “Alapaap” first soar in the airwaves, we’ve immediately noticed a similarity with another popular foreign new wave song back in the 80s. Is it just our ears but “Alapaap” sound alike with Pale Fountains “Reach”.
Listen to “Alapaap” and take a closer ear to the intro voices, drum rolls, and the first stanza melody.
Now listen to “Reach” and take a closer ear to the intro voices, drum rolls, and the first stanza melody.
The first Pinoy Big Brother, a Big Brother franchise television series, needed a thematic song that will represent the show. Then the popular Orange and Lemons were commissioned to create a catchy theme song which the band obliged and finished just before PBB aired its first episode on August 21, 2005 on ABS-CBN, Studio 23, and TFC.
Titled “Pinoy Ako” was a true representation of Filipino who struggles and gives all through positive and nationalistic attitude. The song was perfect for PBB. But Filipino new wavers saw the very striking similarity of “Pinoy Ako” to The Care‘s “Chandeliers.” The credibility of OnL as new wave/indie band almost faded that instance while new wavers were asking explanations from them why they copied the melody of “Chandeliers.”
The success of PBB overshadowed the brouhaha and OnL became a household name. They enjoyed fame and success, altogether but they eventually disbanded. OnL is no more in the music scene but the blunder they made will be etched on the ears of the local new wave fans.
Listen to “Pinoy Ako” and “Chandeliers.”
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