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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Katy Perry Sued For Ripping Off Christian Rap Song For Her Mega-Hit Dark House! Did She Make It Blasphemous?


Christian rapper Flame allegedly sued Katy Perry for ripping off his 2008 track Joyful Noise for her 2013 mega-hit Dark Horse in Missouri District Court on Tuesday.



Copyright infringement?



The 32-year-old hip-hop artist - who studied in a seminary - claimed that his secular song's high-pitched techno melody and snap-based beat were slowed down for Katy's ode to the 1996 film The Craft.

According to the lawsuit obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Joyful Noise has been 'irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in Dark Horse.'

The song by Flame - born Marcus T. Gray - scored a Gospel Music Association Dove Award nod and its album Our World: Redeemed earned a Grammy nomination.


Dark Horse - written from the perspective of a witch - sold 6 million copies and the Egyptian-themed music video amassed 439 million views

The 29-year-old pop diva - whose parents were Pentecostal pastors - crafted her 'Southern rap-techno track' with Juicy J, Sarah Hudson, Max Martin, Cirkut, and Dr. Luke.

Back in 2001, Perry's debut album - titled Katy Hudson - was a Christian rock and gospel record with tracks like Faith Won't Fail.


The 11-time Grammy nominee will next take her Prismatic World Tour - which features a special standing pit called 'The Reflection Section' - to Miami's American Airlines Arena on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Flame will next take the stage for a two-night stand Friday and Saturday at the Bahamas Faith Ministries in Nassau.