Katy Perry’s “Roar” Leaks, Leads to Accusations of Plagiarism
The same weekend Lady Gaga’s “Applause” hit the web, so did Katy Perry’s “Roar,” a single originally slated to officially debut on August 12.
The first single from upcoming album PRISM came out on August 10, and days later, Perry went on Capital FM to talk about the message of the song. Likely talking about one of her promo videos (think the cat eating a feather duster-like thing before it roars), Perry said: "I'm excited, as I said, I'm excited to let the cat out of the bag, that's like my go-to statement these days! ‘Roar' is a song about being able to finally speak up for yourself.”
She then went onto explain her vision for the track: “It's a bit of a self-empowering type of song. I wrote it because I was sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself, which caused a lot of resentment.”
Yet, in just days since the track was released, the singer has been met with accusations of plagiarism. Specifically, “Roar” sounds an awful lot like a song called “Brave” Sara Bareilles released earlier in 2012. It certainly didn’t hurt Perry endorsed the song on Twitter at the time.
Then, once the lyric video came out, EDM producer Dillon Francis claimed it borrows from his official video for “Messenger.” Whether that’s true or not, watch it below: