Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is one of the biggest hits of the year, but the pop star has found herself in the middle of a messy lawsuit because of the song’s success. Lecrae, a group of Christian rappers, filed a lawsuit, claiming that the tune sounds a little too similar to one of their songs.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the rappers are claiming copyright infringement over the hit and their song “Joyful Noise,” which received a 2008 Gospel Music Association Dove Award nomination for the best rap/hip-hop song. According the Christian rappers, “Joyful Noise” was written back in 2007 and released a year later.
The suit specifies that “Joyful Nose” has been “irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse.'” Perry isn’t the only one in hot water for the ordeal as the lawsuit also names Juicy J, Dr. Luke and Capitol Records. Eric Kayira, one of the lawyers for the Christian rappers, said that the popularity of “Dark Horse” is how the lawsuit came about. Once the comparisons of the two songs made its way online, the commotion eventually landed upon Lecrae’s ears.
This isn’t the first time “Dark Horse” has brought Perry some controversy. When the video dropped back in February, over 65,000 people petitioned to have the clip edited because it featured a burned pendant, which was symbolism for Allah (the Arabic word for God.) In the petition, viewers cosigned that “the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner [that] would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”
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