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Beach Boys Threaten Katy Perry Over "California Gurls"? No Lawsuit Just Yet

Katy Perry on Teenage Dream album cover. Capitol Records

Beach Boys Threaten Katy Perry Over "California Gurls"? No Lawsuit Just Yet
Katy Perry (Flickr/Samborowski)

NEW YORK (CBS) The Beach Boys' record label has reportedly filed a diminutive claim against the writers and publishers of pop songstress Katy Perry's omnipresent summer hit "California Gurls" for its purported similarity to the group's 1965 anthem "California Girls."

According to RadarOnline.com, the claim specifically targets the line West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg says at the end of Perry's song: "I really wish you all could be California girls."

Sound familiar? It should. It's pretty similar to lyrics in the Beach Boys song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love: "I wish they all could be California girls."

A spokesperson from the Beach Boys' record label, Rondor Music, told RadarOnline.com that, "Using the words or melody in a new song taken from an original work is not appropriate under any circumstances, particularly from one as well-known and iconic as 'California Girls.'"

But Perry doesn't seem phased by the issue. She told her fans via Twitter, "No one is suing anyone," according to the BBC.

She's right and the Beach Boys' label's spokesperson made it clear to RadarOnline.com: "To confirm, there is no lawsuit against the writers or publishers of 'California Gurls.' We have established diminutive claim. It is up to the six writers and various publishers of 'California Gurls' to decide whether they honor the claim or not."

Even Beach Boy Brian Wilson can't deny the song's pithy attraction, according to the BBC. His spokesperson said that he actually "likes Katy's record." Though the candy-colored fantasy land Perry portrays in her song is pretty much the complete antithesis of the sun-drenched hit of yesteryear, as the saying goes, the devil is in the details.

  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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