TORONTO – Katy Perry is being accused of ripping off Sara Bareilles for her new single “Roar.”
The pop star released the track Monday in advance of the Oct. 22 release of her new album Prism and within hours people were online suggesting it sounds a lot like Bareilles’ song “Brave.”
“Heard Katy Perry’s ‘ROAR’ this morning… I’ve had Sara Bareilles’s ‘Brave’ stuck in my head ever since,” tweeted Adam Rucker on Tuesday.
“I’m such a hipster I’ve been listening to Katy Perry’s new song since Sara Bareilles released it back in May,” tweeted Vlad Chituc on Monday.
Emma Blackery tweeted: “I am amazed at how similar Katy Perry’s new song is to Sara Bareilles’ song Brave! But then, is it inspiration or imitation? Hmmmm!”
Neither singer has yet commented about the apparent similarities but in May, Perry tweeted that she “hearts” Bareilles and linked to the video for “Brave.”
“Roar” was written by Perry with Bonnie McKee, Lukasz Gottwald, Martin Sandberg and Henry Walter.
Gottwald was sued in 2007 for allegedly plagiarizing The Rubinoos hit “I Want to Be Your Boyfriend” for Avril Lavigne’s single “Girlfriend.” The case was settled out of court.
Gottwald also co-wrote and co-produced Perry’s “California Gurls,” which some said was similar to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” (which he also co-wrote and co-produced).
“Brave,” which was released in April, was written by Bareilles and Jack Antonoff.
“Roar” has already hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart. “Brave,” which fizzled upon its release, shot up the iTunes chart when the plagiarism accusations began.
Listen to both songs and judge for yourself: