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Katy Perry's 'Roar' sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareilles' 'Brave,' says the Internet

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Over the weekend, Katy Perry’s new single “Roar” leaked early and gave the world its first taste of Perry’s upcoming album Prism. In a lot of ways,  it sounds like a pretty basic girl-power anthem that could be sung by just about anybody.

Or actually recorded by just about anybody. Twitter quickly blew up with tweets saying the song had more than a little bit in common with Sara Bareilles’ recent single “Brave.”  A helpful amateur even put together a mashup of the two:


It’s pretty clear that Perry has at least heard Bareilles’ tune, since she tweeted about it three months ago. “Brave” and “Roar” have no overlapping co-writers, though it should be noted that both just sort of sound like fun. tunes (which makes sense in the case of “Brave”—it was co-written by the band’s guitarist Jack Antonoff).

One thing “Brave” does not have that “Roar” does? An emoticon-heavy lyric video just released this morning. (It was also just announced that she’ll be performing the song at the VMAs on Aug. 25.) Get a peek into Perry’s morning text and tweet routine: