Even music listeners completely unfamiliar with the repertoires of both Sara Bareilles and Katy Perry can testify that their two latest singles sound oddly familiar. When either song airs on the radio, it’s unclear which anthem of empowerment is actually playing at first, indistinguishable from the other until after the first verse begins. Perry, whose track “Roar” was more recently released, has been collecting flak for supposedly lifting the riff from Bareilles’ “Brave, who has stayed silent on the matter since Perry’s track first debuted in August.
“Brave” was released in April, co-written with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff about a friend of the singer’s who was struggling with coming out as an adult. The track is the first single off her third studio album, The Blessed Unrest, and has since been touted as an LGBT anthem, but has yet to top the charts like Perry’s “Roar” already has.
But Bareilles, a singer-songwriter first famed for 2007 hit “Love Song” and was a judge on season three of NBC’s a cappella competition The Sing-Off, is actually thankful for the mini-musical controversy, as it has noticeably boosted overall sales for the track. She explained in an interview Tuesday that Perry is a good friend of hers and doesn’t feel wronged in any way by the pop singer.
“I don’t feel like anything was taken from me artistically. I wasn’t the one having any problems with it,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve known Katy a long time. We are friends and she and I spoke about it. I look at it as two female artists who are releasing a message of empowerment…We’re like, ‘Should we just work on a mash-up and let everybody know we’re not mad at each other?'”
So who is she upset with?
“To be totally honest, I was sort of disappointed in how aggressive fans were being about it,” she said of the mean-spirited tweets and hateful messages left on videos uploads. “I don’t promote drama in my life and competition and stuff like that.” In this case, the best way to empower these singers is not to bravely roar at the other’s camp at all.
— Ashley Lee