FLAME vs Katy Perry Court Settlement Seven-Figure Payout Reached

On Tuesday, we reported on the landmark case concerning the FLAME song “Joyful Noise” and the song “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. It was ruled that Perry and her team of songwriters plagiarised the Christian rapper’s song. The monetary settlement had not been decided at that time – now the numbers are in.

According to Associated Press, FLAME will be receiving $2.78 million. Perry will be responsible for $550,000 with Capitol Records owing the majority of what’s left.

According to Billboard, the song’s collaborators Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), Karl Martin Sandberg (Max Martin), Henry Walter (Cirkut), Sarah Hudson, and Jordan Michael Houston (Juicy J), Capitol Records, Warner Bros. Music Corporation, Kobalt Publishing, and Kasz Money Inc are all liable.

It took seven days for the jury to deliberate and come to their decision. FLAME and his team argued that the song was popular enough for Perry and company to have heard it despite their denial. They also had a musicologist breakdown the beat and explain the similarities. Perry’s defense team brought in their own expert who refuted these claims. Another tactic of the plaintiff was using Perry’s former background as a Christian singer as well as having pastors for parents as a reason she would have heard the song.

Read more about the entire case here.

Justin Sarachik

Written by Justin Sarachik

Justin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rapzilla.com. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has written or edited for Relevant, Christian Post, BREATHEcast, CCM, Broken Records Magazine, & more. He also likes to work with indie artists to develop their brands & marketing strategies. Catch him interviewing artists on Survival of the Artist Podcast.

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