No, you’re not the only one. In fact, quite a few people are claiming that Katy Perry’s new hit single, “Roar,”  is a copycat of “Brave” by Sara Bareilles.

But just because two pop songs have similar chord progressions doesn’t mean one was copied from the other.

Acclaimed songwriter Lukasz Gottwald, who co-wrote “Roar,” took to Twitter early this morning to put the allegations to rest:

  • Jimni27

    AV club posted this soundcloud of the tracks laid over each other, and the only conclusion I came to was that it was a pretty cool mashup that sounded better than either original song. Separate the songs are similar, but I wouldn’t call it a blatant rip off. http://www.avclub.com/articles/katy-perry-kind-of-maybe-sort-of-ripped-off-sara-b,101495/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=Default:1:Default

  • Clete Torres

    Think My Sweet Lord and He’s So Fine.

  • Paladin

    The ABC song was a blatant rip off of twinkle twinkle little star.

    • RblDiver

      As was Baa Baa Black Sheep.

    • Clete Torres

      At least The Itsy Bitsy Spider is safe from reproach.

    • World B. Free

      I could’ve sworn it was “Mary had a Little Lamb.”

    • DaMello

      I figured out that you can sing the lyrics “I’m a Little Tea Pot” to the music that is played on Jeopardy game show (when the contestants are writing their answers down)… do it when you’re drunk!

  • DaMello

    Reminds me of the ‘Vanilla Ice vs. Queen’ Under Pressure debacle.

    • Right Wired

      hahaha Do you remember the video where Mr Van Winkle tried to explain himself?

      • DaMello

        OMG, that was so damn funny! He vocalized the bass riffs of both versions while trying to be serious!!! It’s all coming back to me now!

  • toddm123

    Isn’t Katy Perry that chick with the great rack? Oh, I hear she sings too.

  • The Penguin

    The chord progression is pretty simple standard stuff. Might just be coincidence. Or not. Let’s face it, most everything’s been done in music already so “most” anything coming out at this point is pretty much a copy of something from the past. Albeit some interpretations are more subtle than others and almost undetectable… others a little more obvious. Katie Perry is no Sebastien Bach, Jimi Hendrix, or John Lennon and I’m sure doesn’t think of herself to be in that group of genius innovators. Not that I’m a fan of her music or anything else for that matter. Well, maybe a couple of things 😉

    • Ironhawk86

      Am I to assume you mean the Sebastian Bach who fronted Skid Row and not the classical composer?

  • adam
  • ceemack

    It’s not uncommon for songs to sound alike…especially if they’re recorded by Boston.

    • Ironhawk86

      Not cool, man. Boston ROCKS!

  • ceemack

    I’d judge for myself whether or not they sound alike, but that would mean having to listen to both. >shudder<

  • Justin Lock

    Similar intro beat and synthesized piano sound; however, completely different melody. Not the same. If you think this is the same, then with your logic any song with similar BPM, beat, and synthesized sounds is an act of plagiarism.

  • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

    Waiting for that blatant rip-off of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.”

  • Fielding Melish

    You can vote on the similarity between Brave and Roar (and check out other comparisons) here:

    http://www.samethattune.com/brave-sara-bareilles-vs-roar-katy-perry

  • MattyTRex

    Dr. Luke stole from his own catalog in the past.

    Ke$ha’s “Die Young” is almost exactly like Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling.”

    But at least he was stealing from himself. Dr. Luke didn’t write “Roar.”

  • MattyTRex

    Dr. Luke stole from his own catalog in the past.

    Ke$ha’s “Die Young” is almost exactly like Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling.”

    But at least he was stealing from himself. Dr. Luke didn’t write “Roar.”