The pop star released ‘Roar’ on August 12, but has already faced criticism for the song’s music and lyric video. Electronic producer Dillon Francis claims she ripped off his music video.
Katy Perry‘s newest single “Roar” is definitely being heard loud and clear across the world — by Wednesday morning it had already charted at No. 1 in 60 countries.
But the “Wide Awake” singer has also dealt with a fair amount of backlash in the few days since the song’s August 12 release.
For one thing, “Roar” has been widely compared to Sara Bareilles’ catchy pop song “Brave,” which was released earlier this year — and of which Perry was a fan.
Even though the two songs feature a similar drum beat and bouncy piano in the background, the similarities stop there. “Brave” takes an inspirational tone, while “Roar” is an angrier declaration.
But Internet critics wouldn’t let it go. There was even a mash-up made on one website to show just how close Perry, 28, comes to stealing Bareilles’ shine.
The “Teenage Dream” singer has kept quiet about the comparisons, but on Saturday Bareilles, 33, simply tweeted “All love, everybody. All love.”
After all, it isn’t the first time pop songs have sounded slightly — or even exactly — the same.
Then, when Perry released her lyric video for “Roar” on Monday, the pop superstar was hit again with accusations of stealing her video concept from electronic music producer Dillon Francis.
This time the claims came directly from Francis, 25, who tweeted that Perry and her team stole from the music video for his song “Messages.”
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The music video for ‘Messages’ by electronic music producer Dillon Francis.
“Now [Katy Perry] steals my ‘messages’ music video idea… what the f–k?,” the musician wrote on Monday, before sharing Perry’s video with his fans and addressing her directly to ask “why?”
The concept he alludes to involves a series of emoticons and text messages used to write out lyrics in a song, similar to the text messaging style used on smartphones.
“Legitimately this is so dope that [her] director thought my video was good enough to rip off,” Francis wrote.
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A look at the lyric video for ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry, which uses emoticons and text messages. Producer Dillon Francis says this was his concept, as seen in his video for the song ‘Messages.’
Perry’s lyric video — which doesn’t show the singer’s face at all — will likely precede the official “Roar” music video.