Singer Katy Perry continues to run into problems with various religious groups because of her song "Dark Horse."
The U.K. publication The Guardian reports that after being accused of blasphemy against Islam in the video for the song back in February, Perry is now being sued by Christian rappers who are accusing her of plagiarism — and of tarnishing their own song by associating it with black magic.
The rappers "say their song '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 story reports.
The piece reports: "The suit was filed in St Louis, Missouri, by Flame, born Marcus Gray, and Chike Ojukwu, both of St Louis, as well as two others — Lecrae Moore and Emanuel Lamber. Flame was made aware of the similarity by his DJ, Cho'zyn Boy, who had noticed tweets to Flame about the Katy Perry song."
DJ Cho'zyn Boy told Rapzilla: “What listeners are hearing is Katy Perry’s 'Dark Horse' at 66 beats per minute and they’re hearing Flame’s 'Joyful Noise' at 76 beats per minute. When they’re separated, they seem a bit different, but when you bring them to the same tempo and you just change her pitch down one octave, they’re identical … When things are that similar, it’s hard to dispute.”
Joyful Noise received a nomination for a Gospel Music Association Dove Award in 2008 for best rap/hip-hop song.
Here's an audio comparison of the two songs, posted on YouTube — with notes to help you follow what you're hearing: