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‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer copied holy hip-hop song, jury says

Posted On: Jul. 30, 2019 12:02 PM CST

Katy Perry

A Los Angeles jury found that Katy Perry unlawfully copied from a 2009 Christian rap song in creating her 2013 Billboard charting song “Dark Horse,” Time magazine reported Monday.

The “I Kissed a Girl” singer had been accused by three Christian songwriters of copying notes and beats from its song “Joyful Noise,” released under the name stage name Flame. The jury found that the instrumental line and beat was substantially similar to the holy hip-hop song, though Ms. Perry’s musical expert said the patterns in dispute were as simple as “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” the magazine reported.

Ms. Perry, as well as the lyric writer, the rap contributor, Capitol Records and the song’s producers, were all found liable by the jury, said the news report.

The case, which “The One That Got Away” singer may choose to forget, now goes to the penalty phase to determine how much Ms. Perry and the others owe the Christian rappers.