Katy Perry Copied Christian Rap For 'Dark Horse,' Jury Says

Law360, Los Angeles (July 29, 2019, 8:12 PM EDT) -- Katy Perry and her songwriting team copied a musical phrase from a 2008 Christian rap song for the pop star's 2013 hit single "Dark Horse," a California federal jury held Monday, finding the tunes are substantially similar and setting the stage for a trial on damages.

After deliberating for two days, the nine-member jury found that Perry, star songwriter Dr. Luke, Henry Walter, Max Martin and Sarah Hudson heard the gospel rap song "Joyful Noise," created by rap artists Marcus Gray, Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu, and copied a phrase from the song for their own tune "Dark Horse."

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