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A Los Angeles jury has ordered Katy Perry, her collaborators and record label to pay $2.78 million in damages to 3 songwriters for copying elements of a Christian hip-hop song.

On Tuesday, the jury found Perry, her collaborators and record label guilty of copyright violation. The jury decided Perry's 2013 hit song "Dark Horse" sounded very similar to "Joyful Noise," recorded by Christian rapper Marcus Gray, who is known by his stage name Flame.

On Thursday, the jury awarded Gray and two other songwriters just over $2,780,000 in damages for the 2009 Grammy-nominated song.

The jury found that Perry and her collaborators - including singer/songwriter Sarah Hudson and music producers Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Max Martin and Cirkut - had the opportunity to listen to "Joyful Noise" since it was Grammy-nominated and viewed millions of times on YouTube.

Perry, 34, was ordered to pay over $550,000 in damages, while her collaborators and Capitol Records are responsible for paying the rest, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gray, 37, filed the lawsuit in 2014 after attempting to settle out of court. The case survived numerous challenges from Perry and her record label's legal team over the years.

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  • Virgoqween

    Good. Damn thieves

  • Kiss

    She need Beyonce lawyer. She take songs,the credit and win in court cases each time

  • Yardgirl

    You cannot take people's property and call it your own. Period!

  • Ayeola George

    I listened to a mashup of the two songs.... to me the only similarity is the beat... not the melody of the song... I would fine the producer.

  • Shamwow

    The people Beyonce work with are probably good with their papers.. I love to be straight professional and honest with my documents if you sign cause you dumb then you sign. But believe me there are people out here functioning in businesss and say people like that don’t know how to lawyer up. Katy learned that day. Bytch don’t ever judge a book by its cover.

  • the guest

    Kate Perry is a thief.

  • Wreckognize Game

    This is one of the few songs of hers that I like.

  • KarmaBackAround

    Damnnnn burnt her up jus like robin thicke!

  • Monica Lewinsky

    Same!! And now know I why lol



  • Coy little wink
  • Pamela

    Katy Perry is always in some sort of drama with folks. She's been fighting some lovely old nuns who want their monastery/church back that KP bought years ago. One of the old nuns collapsed and died while in court. She needs to repent ASAP.

  • Russiancreme

    That's all it takes. The beat is what grabs your attention, then you listen to the lyrics and melody. It's her song and she paying a portion, while her collaborators pay the rest.

  • Fire & Ice

    She probably dragged this on even longer because he's a Christian artist. Y'all know Hollyweird hates Christianity.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Word on the street is that if you're a songwriter and you bring Beyonce a song, you're going to have to give her a piece of the writing & publishing rights. (That happened with Ne-Yo when he brought her the song "Irreplaceable".) But if anybody's willing to do that voluntarily, to me she's not "stealing" as some people would put it. It's kinda grimy, but it's kind of a common practice in the industry.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    .. Which is kind of weird since Katy Perry grew up in church and her parents are both ministers/pastors to this day. You would hope she wouldn't hate Christianity since she was raised in it.

  • SaltineCrackers

    Keyshia Cole and her barely legal "boyfriend" welcomed their first child.

  • SaltineCrackers
  • SpiceGirl
    Bet she won't do THAT again! #SorryNotSorry

  • SpiceGirl


  • Carrington

    Listen... I always say that the Lord can turn your disappointment into an appointment. For one, I'd never heard of this dude, two - he's probably never seen damn near $3 million dollars in his life, three - he'll probably never see it again. Thank God for small favors, lil bro. Take whatever you have left and try to create a nice lifestyle for yourself and your family

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Bree

    Katy should have known better. I'm glad he is being compensated

  • Bree

    I'm disappointed in Keyshia Cole. She has a son and the example that she is setting for that kid is ludicrous. It doesn't seem and I could be wrong that she is taking care of him as a mother should. Looks like he does and eats whatever he wants. He doesn't look too active, neither does she. Niko is a baby and in pictures he looks more like her son than her man. I am highly disappointed in her.

  • Bree

    I was just going to say that she was raised in the church.

  • Fire & Ice

    Growing up in Christianity as preachers kid is probably why she hates it. Katie looks very demonic.

  • Bree

    I don't think she is stealing credit for the songs. She just doesn't give honor where honor is do. I remember the Irreplaceable fiasco. As a Dangerously In Love album fan, I knew Beyonce didn't write Irreplaceable.

  • CookieMobster

    Have y'all seen the you tube videos where she said she sold her sold to the devil for fame? That is some sick shit!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile this Gif here This is a hot azz mess dude in the kacki suit thinks he on defense in basketball hot mess

  • tintin

    i could imagine the pastor googling everyday to see the outcome. He gonna expect the 10% for the congregation.

    The lawyers will definitely be getting a big chunk too.

    but he's good. Hopefully he does good with the money.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Dowoop

    Nope... Not inviting that nonsense into my life.

  • Dowoop

    Bet they thought they would drag this out and bankrupt him in court

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Lil nasty X is the next inline ole boy want 25 million from him

  • MsSapphire9800

    Is that the reason why none of her songs hit #1 on the billboard charts. Also she maybe settling many of her cases out of court.

  • WhoKnew

    Good! Pay that man his money!

    I'll bet she'll think twice about dranking wine and stealing somebody's music again.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    They all do at some point to move up and gain popularity

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Run him HIS COIN!! NOW!!

  • SaltineCrackers

    Don't forget she was raised around complete dysfunction. Hopefully she'll meet a nice Man or get around the right type of people before the kids get too old.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™


  • Skin Deep Beauty

    And let's see if Billy Ray gone help!!

  • Skin Deep Beauty


  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    And wonder will he be getting sued also ?

  • deadellamore
  • Let them eat cake

    God always wins! Touch not my annointed!


    I agree with the little boy looking like her son but why we have to come at her son weight!!?? Youll member when Ragine (Wayne daughter) was younger she was pudgy now look at her just beautiful!!

  • Marlika

    Good! Pay up cave demon!!

  • thephotographer4you
  • hottlanta

    Reminds me of the time when micheal bolton got caught with his pants down by the isley brothers n he took a média picture with a big azz check to the naacp.

  • Bree

    I'm not coming for his weight. I am speaking on how he does not seem to be into much. It doesn't seem like Keyshia has him doing much when he is with her. Not that I have seen. I don't pay attention to them often. When he is with Boobie, he is out and about. I have a cousin named Kesha and she and Keyshia Cole remind me of each other. Have a son and dates little boys. I don't understand it. We are the same age and I have always had an issue with dating someone who isn't born in the same year as I am. But that's just me.

    As for Reginae, Toya had her in the gym at one point during Tiny & Toya. Reginae has probably had a tummy tuck or liposuction at this point.

  • Bree

    I completely understand. I was raised in dysfunction also. The projects were no joke. But my desire has always been to have more. I'm not knocking her for being Keyshia Cole. That's not what I'm judging. She doesn't seem to have matured over the years. She has had a great platform and a great opportunity to push past the dysfunction. I know money is the motivation but all money isn't good money. Keyshia Cole hasn't evolved, that's how she is able to have a baby by a little boy. Niko is cute, but he looks like a child, not a man!

  • Vegas1989

    Is this at church or a Mason function?...LOL

  • Vegas1989

    And what the guy in the back acting like he riding a horse of something....I think I would have been on the floor laughing

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This is bout as bad as that african guy dancing putting the money in the basket ... hitting flips lmao ..... fools chile

  • Mo Laughz

    Katy wasn't the one who stole the song the producer did.. He constructed the beat Katy just wrote the words, which were all original. But it was clear this was stolen and they all knew about it because juicy j says the same ad libs in the beginning as dude in the original song.. He should've been awarded more.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    They owe more than that cuz that song was big they made a lot of
    Money off that song

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Lmaooooo ?

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Someone said the same thing about nicki and it’s true you had the opportunity to leave the hood and make something for yourself and over the years you didn’t grow and mature

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Dang I didn’t know the nun died in court ????? And they mad cuz she trying to turn it into something else just crazy who would want to live in an old monastery? Unless she plans on tearing it down cuz she want the land and the location and not the building

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Well these artists are going to have to do their due diligence when people bring them stuff ignorance is no excuse when you dealing with the law. Now she gotta pay along with everyone else

  • Alextra Ballard

    I mean Katy’s and her collaborators bite down hard on Grays beat. How in the fvck did they think they could get away with shidt....congrats Gray


    Congrats Mr. Grey, them culture snatchers learning by getting hit in the pocket. Even if Katy had no idea, then she wouldn't be held liable. But as an artist it's your job to stay raw and true to your talent and ensure you don't take from others.

  • Mo Laughz

    True. Receiving stolen property is a crime. And all it takes to verify is run it though something like sound hound. YouTube has an algorithm that detects songs as well and removes them for the copyright holder. She didn't do the dirty work but definitely knew and went along with it.

  • Ayeola George

    tru dat

  • Logan Roberts

    Good, finally some justice. As an artist Katy should've asked questions. And I bet if they would've asked first, the songwriters probably would've let them have it for pennies. Damn and it took five years? Smh.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... Looks like a pyramid scheme conference ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs