Reader Kayleigh Reid wrote to let me know that Katy Perry’s California Gurls” sounds an awful lot like Kesha’s TiK ToK. A quick listen to both songs left little doubt about their similarity (especially the intro).
We’re not the first two to notice, either. Mash2Mix put together an awesome mashup of the two songs that I’m sharing here:
I also learned (via the New York Post) that both songs were produced by the same production team, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Benny Blanco. It’s hard to call reusing your own material “stealing”, but it certainly is lazy.
Thanks again to Kayleigh for suggesting this sound-alike! I’ve got quite a few other emails to work through & post, so keep ‘em coming.