She’s one of the most popular pop stars and a judge on one of the forefront singing competition shows. But she has just found herself on the losing side of a lawsuit, which accused of stealing one of her most famous songs from a Christian musician.
Katy Perry, who began her career in the Christian genre, has graced our television screens the last two years as a judge of American Idol alongside Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.
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She’s a chart-topping pop star with hits such as “I Kissed A Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “Dark Horse,” “Part of Me,” and many more.
Well, one of those number ones came under fire when Christian rapper Marcus Gray, who performs under the name “Flame,” filed a copyright lawsuit against Perry in 2014.
Gray said that her 2013 song “Dark Horse” was stolen from him and uses the same beat as his song “Joyful Noise.”
Since the suit was filed, Perry and her co-writers Juicy J, Max Martin, Cirkut, Dr. Luke, and Sarah Hudson have maintained their innocence. Perry herself even testified saying she had never heard Gray’s song before or listened to any of his music.
After hearing all sides of the argument, the federal jury ruled on Monday (July 29) that Perry was guilty of stealing Gray’s song. She was not present for the ruling.
It hasn’t been determined how much Perry, Capitol Records and Perry’s producers— Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut—will have to pay for copyright infringement. She has yet to comment on the ruling.