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    Fri, 06 Aug 2010 08:42:44

    Beach Boys vs. Katy Perry? - Over "California Gurls," of course

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    A source told New York Post's Page Six that Beach Boys' label Rondor has sent a letter to Katy Perry's label Capitol demanding that Mike Love and Brian Wilson be given a writing credit on her hit song, "California Gurls," in addition to being paid royalties, since she borrows the line "I wish they all could be California girls" from their 1965 summer anthem which shares the same title (albeit a different spelling) with Perry's current smash single.

    Wilson's rep told the gossip rag that "Rondor owns the track and called Brian and Mike, saying they were going to complain. Brian likes Katy's record and doesn't know where the situation stands." Love's rep said, "Mike and Brian wrote the song . . . but any legal action is up to Rondor."

    Earlier this summer, Wilson was quoted as saying, "I love her vocal. She sounds very clear and energetic . . . The melody is infectious." And Love was equally supportive, saying, "I think she's really clever … We have a lot in common now: We both have done songs called ‘California Girls' and we've both kissed girls and liked it."

    Ouch. Is this going to end up in the courts?

    Do you think that Perry made a boo-boo and borrowed too heavily from an already popular song, in a case of what's old is new again?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.06.10




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