Sara Bareilles fans were outraged when Katy Perry dropped “Roar” last month, finding that the pop star’s song ripped off singer-songwriter Barielles’ “Brave.” Barielles, who has seen her sales grow since the comparisons started being made, is unbothered.

Bareilles believes that both she and Perry were striving to deliver songs about empowerment, and that the more songs based on that message the better. For Barielles, the subject of her song was deeply personal. "I had a good friend who was struggling with coming out as an adult,” she revealed in a recent interview. “So this is sort of my message to that person.”

“I don't feel like anything was taken from me artistically,” said Bareilles, who co-wrote the song with fun.’s Jack Antonoff. “I wasn't the one having any problems with it. I've known Katy a long time. We are friends and she and I spoke about it.… We're like, 'Should we just work on a mash up and let everybody know we're not mad at each other?'"


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Bareilles went on to admit that the outcry about Perry’s song possibly stealing melodies from “Brave” was ultimately beneficial for her. "I was stoked. I was like, 'Great,'" Bareilles said. "I was like, 'You guys want to go get [mad] about something and buy my music, that's great.'"

“Roar” is currently holding the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Amidst the drama, “Brave” rose into the chart’s Top 40 and as achieved gold album status.

– Chelsea Regan

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