Katy Perry and Capitol Records ordered to pay Christian rapper $2.78M in “Dark Horse” trial

Perry is personally responsible for $500,000 of the total.

August 02, 2019
Katy Perry and Capitol Records ordered to pay Christian rapper $2.78M in “Dark Horse” trial Katy Perry performs onstage with Zedd at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California.   Kevin Winter/Getty

Earlier this week a jury ruled that Katy Perry and producer Dr. Luke copied Christian rapper Flame's "Joyful Noise" on their 2013 smash "Dark Horse." It's a verdict that could change pop music forever but, in the more immediate sense, is going to hit Perry and her Capitol Records label, in a major financial way. The Hollywood Reporter states that Perry, Luke, and Capitol must pay out $2.78 million in damages to Flame, real name Marcus Gray.

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It is reported that Perry personally must pay $500,000 with Capitol responsible for the rest. During the trial it was claimed that "Dark Horse" earned $31M between single, album, and live DVD sales. A representative for Capitol deniend this, suggesting the correct sum was far lower.

The FADER has reached out to Capitol and Perry for comment.

Katy Perry and Capitol Records ordered to pay Christian rapper $2.78M in “Dark Horse” trial