WATCH: Did Katy Perry plagiarise a Christian rapper to make her hit Dark Horse?
Katy Perry is being sued by Christian rapper Flame who has accused her of plagiarising his song Joyful Noise and tarnishing it with black magic.
The rapper and his co-contributors have launched the lawsuit against the pop star and her collaborator Juicy-J and associated writers, seeking profits and statutory damages.
The video clip for Dark Horse was accusing of sullying the Joyful Noise track because of its "devoutly religious messages with images of witchcraft and black magic."
The accusations stem beyond the visual imagery, with Joyful Noise producer Cho'zyn Boy saying Perry has copied Flame's hit by merely slowing down the tempo of her track and pitching it an octave above his. In his opinion the two songs are "essentially the same."
Given the infinite amount of music which exists worldwide, you may argue that eventually a musician will write something which is seen to mimic another artist. However, with this particular case, the song in question isn't a just a one-hit wonder, it's lifted from Flame's 2008 Grammy-nominated album Our World Redeemed which may present more of a problem for Perry.
The video for Dark Horse has so far had amassed 440 million views on YouTube with the single selling over six million copies.
These are the two tracks. Co-incidence or plagiarism? You be the judge
Flame's Joyful Noise
Katy Perry's Dark Horse