Is Katy Perry’s “Roar” a rip-off of Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave”? There are enough similarities between the two tunes that the internet exploded with accusations of plagiarism when Perry’s song hit the airwaves last month, but one person is telling the haters to lay off: Bareilles herself.
In fact, the songstress said she kind of likes the comparisons because it’s bringing more attention to her music.
“I was stoked. I was like, ‘Great,'” Bareilles said in an interview with the Huffington Post Tuesday. “I was like, ‘You guys want to go get [mad] about something and buy my music, that’s great.'”
“I don’t feel like anything was taken from me artistically. I wasn’t the one having any problems with it,” she said. “I’ve known Katy a long time. We are friends and she and I spoke about it. I look at it as two female artists who are releasing a message of empowerment.”
Perry even tweeted about “Brave” back in May months before “Roar” was released — although her producer Dr. Luke insists “Roar” was written long before “Brave” was ever released.
“We actually talked about it,” Bareilles said of a convo she had with Perry. “We’re like, ‘Should we just work on a mash-up and let everybody know we’re not mad at each other?'”
All jokes aside, the singer said it’s time to lay off Perry for this non-issue.
“To be totally honest, I was sort of disappointed in how aggressive fans were being about it,” she said. “I don’t promote drama in my life and competition and stuff like that.”