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

Déjà vu all over again

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.

Déjà vu all over again

In a controversy straight out of the files of, it seems that Katy Perry's new song "Roar" may have borrowed a little too much from fellow songstress Sara Bareilles' old song "Brave." admits to "borrowing" from EDM DJs Arty and Matt Zo >>

"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/, Brian To/
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