A couple of weeks ago, a federal jury decided that Katy Perry copied the track ‘Joyful Noise’ by Christian rapper Flame when writing her hit ‘Dark Horse.’
The jury assessed damages of $2.78 million to be paid by Perry and ‘Dark Horse’s other songwriters.
Perry will certainly appeal, but the outcome of this lawsuit is scary for anybody who writes and records music for a living.
I dedicated a week to Postmodern Jukebox back in November, shortly after I discovered them for the first time.
The band is the brainchild of Scott Bradlee, who plays the piano on all of their tracks. They re-imagine modern hits in various classic style, from doo-wop and ragtime to blues and jazz.
During the great “radio hits” debate of late 2013, I agreed to dedicate time each month this year to the songs topping the charts. That way I won’t be ignorant of some ubiquitous smash when populating my year-end list with deep album cuts by bands like Belle & Sebastian.
I’ll probably still leave those hits off my list, but at least I’ll do it consciously.