BREAKING NEWS: Pop music is devoid of creativity, and our favorite hits are all just one step along the telephone-game-like progression of referential nothingness. The shocking revelation came this weekend in the form of Katy Perry’s new single “Roar”, which many people have pointed out sounds suspiciously like “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. The drum beat, piano riff, and arrangement of the song, not to mention the tenor of the vocals and the overall subject matter are, one has to admit, strikingly similar. It’s almost as if every single song that makes it to the pop charts, as this one will surely do, was written by the same handful of people. In Perry’s case the hacks in question are Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter and Lukasz Gottwald. Take a quick peak through their Wikipedia pages and you’ll notice a striking pattern. ALL THE HITS.
Bareilles’ song only took two people to write, herself and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff.
Perry had previously tweeted about loving the Bareilles song, which is the plagiarism equivalent of going back to the scene of robbery to make sure everyone knows that you had nothing to do with it.
Take some time and sit with this new revelation before you do anything rash, people. It’s hard to have your illusions about the purity of popular entertainment shattered, but we’ll all get through this together. In the meantime I’m going to be reading through one of the 100s of other blog posts that have written about this same topic in almost exactly the same way as I have here and looking down my nose at everyone.