There were plenty of people who thought Katy Perry’s “Roar” sounded a little too similar to Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” but she herself doesn’t think so. The singer-songwriter has decided to stand with, not against, the pop diva.
"I don't feel like anything was taken from me artistically," Bareilles said in an interview Tuesday that was quoted by the Associated Press. "I wasn't the one having any problems with it." The 33-year-old’s song hit airwaves in April, while Perry’s came out in August and garnered much more success. “Roar” is currently at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while Bareilles' tune plateaued at No. 31 after fans began to associate the two songs together.
Still, the “Love Song” singer insisted there was no conflict between the two artists. "I was stoked. I was like, 'Great,'" Bareilles said of the alleged plagiarism. "I was like, `You guys want to go get (mad) about something and buy my music, that's great.'"
In fact, Bareilles singer was willing to take it a step further and even collaborate with the “Wide Awake” starlet: "We actually talked about it. We're like, `Should we just work on a mashup and let everybody know we're not mad at each other?'" she said.
But there is something Bareilles has a problem with: "To be totally honest, I was sort of disappointed in how aggressive fans were being about it," she said. "I don't promote drama in my life and competition and stuff like that."
She said "Brave," which she wrote with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, was composed with a close friend in mind. "I had a good friend who was struggling with coming out as an adult, so this is sort of my message to that person," she said.
“Brave” is the first single from the Grammy-nominated singer’s third album “The Blessed Unrest,” which was released in July. Bareilles will kick off a solo tour on Oct. 6 in Boston.