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.
Katy Perry dropped her latest smash single, “Roar,” last week and, as most of the Teenage Dream’s songs tend to do, it obliterated the competition. Industry insiders are predicting that by the time final numbers roll in later this week, over 550,000 people will have downloaded the song, which more than doubles the sales of her closest competitor (Lady Gaga‘s “Applause”) and would make it the fastest selling track of Katy’s illustrious career (which includes seven Number One songs). However, the runaway success of this song is not without some controversy, as some are accusing the Queen of the Katycats of instead being a Sara Bareilles Kopy Kat.
The grammar geek backlash from Jay Z‘s hyphen-dropping announcement didn’t cost the rapper another week in the SoundScan penthouse. He’s on top yet again with his Magna Carta Holy Grail, with VH1 You Oughta Know alum Sara Bareilles coming in second place. #SoundScanner investigates this week’s big chart stories:
It’s been all-Sara Bareilles-everything here on Tuner this week. After breaking down each song on her new album The Blessed Unrest for us in Track-By-Track, we asked Sara what songs have fueled her artistic inspiration most over the years.
She encourages her fans to be “Brave,” but what songs give Sara Bareilles the courage to dance like no one is watching? In addition to breaking down all 12 tracks on her new album, The Blessed Unrest, Sara is sharing the music that’s made her feel strong, calm, and inspired throughout her life.
Sara Bareilles‘ latest LP, The Blessed Unrest, was released yesterday and immediately lept to the top of the iTunes charts, eclipsing even Jay-Z’s mammoth Magna Carta Holy Grail. We weren’t surprised by this success in the slightest, as VH1 has been #TeamSara since the way, way back. At this point, the You Oughta Know alum looks like she has a decent shot at topping next week’s charts, which would be richly deserved success for this LP, the most accomplished collection of songs that she’s released in her career to date.
We here at VH1 have been passengers on the Sara Bareilles bandwagon since we first heard her breakthrough album, Little Voice, back in 2007. Over the course of the last six years and change, the You Oughta Know alum has sold millions of albums, been nominated for multiple Grammys, and developed significantly as both a songwriter and artist. Today, she releases her highly anticipated fourth LP, The Blessed Unrest, which is already drawing acclaim thanks to its pro-LGBT anthem, “Brave.”
Sara Bareilles is set to drop her highly anticipated fourth studio album, The Blessed Unrest, tomorrow. The VH1 You Oughta Know alum has been garnering near universal praise for her latest single, “Brave,” thanks in large part to its empowering message of equality. So when she dropped by VH1 headquarters recently, we asked if she would adapt the song so it could be a part of our new feature, Stop/Watch, which sees artists condensing one of their songs to fit a strict :60 second timeframe. Watch our video above to see if she was able to pull it off!
Come back to VH1 Tuner all week long to see more from Sara Bareilles, including exclusive track-by-track commentary on all of the songs her new album! Remember, The Blessed Unrest will be available everywhere tomorrow, July 16.