One of the biggest stories in the world of pop music over the last week has been the (pardon the pun) upROAR over whether or not Katy Perry‘s new single “Roar” borrows a bit too liberally from Sara Bareilles‘ “Brave” (see: Is Katy Perry A Sara Bareilles Kopy Kat?). If you ask us, both songs are under suspicion for lifting the opening piano line of “Something Beautiful” by Robbie Williams, so we feel like neither party can claim absolute innocence here.
It’s worth noting that this is neither the first—nor will it be the last!—instance when one songwriter accuses another songwriter of cribbing a riff or a melody. With that said, it’s time to present you with this: the Top 10 Rip-Offs In Pop Music History.
The Case: OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder is one of the most prolific and in-demand songwriters in the game. Unfortunately for him, he gave the same arrangement to both Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé, which resulted in one of the most contentious stories of the last decade. As soon as Kelly found out that her track “Already Gone” was a carbon copy of Bey’s “Halo,” Clarkson went nuclear, putting Tedder on very public blast. She tried to have the song removed from her 2009 album All I Ever Wanted, but the album had already been pressed by the time she discovered the similarities between the two tracks.