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Katy Perry's new song came out with a "Roar." However, fans can't help but notice that it sounds very similar to a song released four months ago — Sara Bareilles' "Brave." Listen and decide for yourself.

Sara Bareilles and Katy Perry

In a controversy straight out of the files of will.i.am, it seems that Katy Perry's new song "Roar" may have borrowed a little too much from fellow songstress Sara Bareilles' old song "Brave."

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"Brave," written by Bareilles and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, is a synth-driven pop song that Bareilles wrote as an empowerment anthem in support of her close friend who was struggling with coming out.

"Roar," written by Perry and friend and collaborator Bonnie McKee, is a synth-driven pop song that Perry wrote as an empowerment anthem in support of herself.

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But there's no way, you say. Perry probably didn't know anything about Bareilles' song because she's been too busy in the studio.

Oh, well, except for this tweet:

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What other similarities are there? Well, it's the same key, pretty much the same chord progression and the same phrasing.

That certainly doesn't mean it's a rip-off, however. Plus, there are quite a few differences, but don't take our word for it. Below, we have both songs for you to listen to and see what you think.

"Brave" written by Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff

Released April 23, 2013

"Roar" written by Katy Perry and Bonnie McKee

Released Aug. 12, 2013

Now, if you're not sure, a helpful amateur DJ mixed the songs together into one song. Take a listen.

Still on the fence? This link will take you to a Tumblr page where the songs are matched up and layered on top of each other.


Is "Roar" a rip-off or an homage? Let us know what you think of the "Roar"/ "Brave" controversy in the comments below.

Photo credits: C.M. Wiggins/WENN.com, Brian To/WENN.com

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Comments on "Did Katy Perry's "Roar" rip off Sara Bareilles' "Brave"?"

Nicole January 25, 2014 | 8:08 PM

I don't think Katy ripped of Sara. Their songs just don't sound alike. Personally I like Sara's song better. Hers I can listen to again and again though I can't say the same for roar.

green August 16, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Let's just say "plagiarism is the highest form of flattery".I totally love Sara B and her songs but so not a fan of Katy P..but then again I admire Katy's admission that she love Sara's Brave. Clearly,she acknowledges Sara's talent.

Bravado August 14, 2013 | 9:26 PM

I have to agree with Mara, if it is a rip-off it was probably a collab to bring attention to both songs. That would explain why KP tweeted "I heart you" and also why Sara was so quick to forgive Katy and say "it's all good".

Mara August 14, 2013 | 8:54 PM

You know, there was another controversy with Katy Perry's California Girls and Ke$ha's TikTok. Maybe Perry needs better writers. :P

Joshua August 14, 2013 | 4:42 PM

Is it at possible that this was a plan of the artists. Is it at possible that they purposefully made the songs similar to boost of the view and download count. If so, what a remarkable publicity stunt. - Very intelligent. It would open up so many doors for other artists to share a more positive and friendly relationship with other artists out there. All it would take to simmer the arguments is for both of them to appear on the same talk show and explain the scheme they had drawn up. Just another way to look at the situation.

Scarlet August 14, 2013 | 12:43 PM

It's really sad that this song is doing so well considering it's an obvious rip-off of Sara Bareilles "Brave". But, apparently, people don't seem to care. I'm happy websites such as these make articles about it, though, to inform people. Katy Perry is nothing but a cheap, generic, pop songstress with no real talent.

Liz August 13, 2013 | 9:34 AM

That's embarrassing.

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