Sara Cabrera, Writer/ Copy Editor

“Roar”, the lead single of Katy Perry’s fourth studio album, Prism, made its official radio debut on Aug. 10 and was released on iTunes on Aug. 12. The song composed by Perry, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, and Cirkut spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped music charts in eight other countries. Roar is a midtempo power pop song which contains elements of folk rock, arena rock, and glam rock. The lyrics are empowering, such as: “I got the eye of the tiger, the fire, dancing through the fire, ‘cause I am champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar,” sending out the message of standing up for oneself. Other lyrics such as “I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath, scared to rock the boat and make a mess, so I sat quietly, agreed politely. I guess that I forgot I had a choice. I let you push me past the breaking point,” reflected the troubles of her recent divorce. Perry wrote the song after going through therapy and states she was “sick of keeping all these feelings inside and not speaking up for myself”. Despite the inspiring message, some critics believe the lyrics to be “predictable and cheesy.” The artist receives more negative feedback after being accused of plagiarizing Sara Bareilles’s song, “Brave” due to the similarities in the rhythm and in the way it is sang. When hearing the rumors, Bareilles responded by saying: “Katy’s a friend of mine and we’ve known each other a really long time.” Upset that there was a “negative spin on two artists that are choosing to share positive messages.” The Prism World Tour will be held