Sara Bareilles says that she is okay with Katy Perry’s new song “Roar” giving her success, despite the song showing great similarities to her own song, “Brave.” Bareilles does not feel that “Roar” steals from her song enough to feel that Perry had copied her, but a large portion of her fan base felt otherwise. Luckily for her, the great buzz swirling around the two songs helped Bareilles and her song has become more popular as a result.
A number of her fans reacted strongly last month, thinking that “Roar” had stolen the melody from Bareilles’ “Brave,” which was released in April. “Roar” is currently No.1 on the charts, but “Brave,” a song that was not as popular has jumped into the top 40, peaking at No. 31, due to the drama over the songs that occurred over the internet, according to Billboard. Bareilles does not want to let it bother her, and is even friends with Katy Perry. They spoke after the incident happened and were friendly with each other, with Bareilles feeling that she did not take anything specific from the song. She is welcoming the success that Perry’s song has brought to her and is thankful that supposedly being copied has caused people to buy her music.
Both songs deal with empowerment, and being strong in what you want to do. She was not affected in a negative way when the song was released, and as a result of the way that her fans reacted so strongly, she even felt upset with them. In response to how the fans reacted afterward she said, “To be totally honest, I was sort of disappointed in how aggressive fans were being about it.” They are both singers making music independently of one another and sometimes sounding similar is unavoidable. That seems to be the way Bareilles sees it anyway.
She described the story behind “Brave” when saying, “I had a good friend who was struggling with coming out as an adult, so this is sort of my message to that person.” Time Magazine says that “Brave” was co-written with Jack Antonoff, the guitarist for FUN. and it is the first single from her latest album, “The Blessed Unrest.” The Grammy nominated singer is well-known for her song “Love Song,” from her album “Little Voice,” and will begin a tour on October 6th in Boston.
Her and Perry are still on good terms with each other and even joked about mixing their songs together, just to make sure all of their fans know that they are not mad at each other about what happened. If the singers are fine with it, the fans should be too, right?
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