The Beach Boys Aren’t Actually Suing Katy Perry Over “California Gurls”
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Beach Boys weren’t putting their hands up for Katy Perry’s summer anthem, “California Gurls.” The word on the street was that they were suing Katy for having Snoop Dogg chant their classic line, “I wish they all could be California girls” at the end of the track. Talk about melting a popsicle.
But today it appears that is only half the story.The Beach Boys themselves aren’t taking any legal action against Katy. “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,’ ” says Mike Love, who cowrote the song with Brian Wilson. “We think her song is great and wish her all the success in the world.”
But their publisher, Rondor Music, on the other hand, is taking action against the singer. They’re not actually suing, but they have sent letters establishing “diminutive claims” and are asking Capitol Records to give credit and (we assume) royalties to Rondor, Love, and Wilson. “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 says. “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.”
Except that appears to not be what the Beach Boys want? Guess we’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out. In Daisy Dukes with a bikini on top, natch. [E! Online]