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Sunday 28 May 2017

Perry faces Beach Boys demands

Katy Perry has received a legal complaint from the Beach Boys' record company
Katy Perry has received a legal complaint from the Beach Boys' record company

Katy Perry has received a legal complaint over her hit California Gurls from the Beach Boys' record company.

The sexy singer includes the line "I wish they all could be California Girls" in the song, originally from the Beach Boys' 1965 hit California Girls, and publisher Rondor Music have sent a letter to Katy's record label demanding songwriters Mike Love and Brian Wilson be given a writing credit and royalties.

But the Beach Boys themselves insist they like the song, which features rapper Snoop Dogg, and are flattered by the tribute it pays to their original hit.

Love, 69, told E! News: "The Beach Boys are definitely not suing Katy Perry, in fact we are flattered that her fantastically successful song is bringing to mind to millions of people our 1965 recording of the Beach Boys' California Girls.

"We think her song is great and wish her all the success in the world."

A spokesman for Wilson, 68, said: "Brian likes Katy's record. Any legal action is up to Rondor. Brian and Mike wrote the track and Rondor owns the track and called Brian and Mike, saying they were going to complain."

A spokesman for Rondor said: "We have established diminutive claims. It is up to the six writers and various publishers of California Gurls to decide whether they honour the claim or not.

"Using the words or melody in a new song taken from an original work is not appropriate under any circumstances, particularly one as well-known and iconic as California Girls. Rondor Music is committed to protecting the rights of its artists and songwriters, and with the support of the writers, that is exactly what we are doing."

Katy took to her Twitter page to comment on the issue, saying: "Just to be clear... no-one is suing anyone."

https://twitter.com/katyperry/(Katy Perry's Twitter page)

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