Christian hip-hop musicians from St. Louis and elsewhere sue
former church girl now turned pop singer Katy Perry, Capitol
Records and others in federal court here Tuesday, claiming that
Perry’s song “Dark Horse ” ripped off their 2008 song.
The suit says that Perry and her co-writers infringed the copyright of the Christian song “ Joyful Noise ” and have exploited and profited from its use.
It also says that “Joyful Noise” has been “irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse’.”
“Joyful Noise” was written in 2007 and released in 2008. The song received a 2008 Gospel Music Association Dove Award
nomination for the best rap/hip-hop song, the suit says. The album, “Our World: Redeemed,” received a Grammy Award
nomination for best rock or rap gospel album and a Stellar Award nomination for rap album of the year in 2008.
Eric Kayira, one of the lawyers for the hip-hop artists, said that
comparisons of the songs “percolated” various places online and
eventually made their way to the performers’ ears.
The suit was filed by Christian hip-hop musicians Flame, born
Marcus Gray, and Chike Ojukwu, both of St. Louis, as well as
Lecrae Moore, of Atlanta, and Emanuel Lambert, of Aldan, Pa.
It names Perry, born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson; Juicy J, born
Jordan Michael Houston; Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald; Max
Martin of California; Cirkut, born Henry Russell Walter; Sarah
Theresa Hudson of California; and Capitol Records LLC.
Perry’s publicist did not immediately return a message.
sources: gospelredefined & St. Louis
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