Everybody just needs to calm down, OK? That was the message being sent on Thursday from both sides of the alleged "California Gurls"/ "California Girls" flap.
One day after the New York Post reported that the publishing company that handles the Beach Boys' catalog was considering suing Perry over her song's appropriation of the key phrase from the classic surf group's 1965 hit, Perry weighed in on the alleged dust-up. "And just to be clear ... no one is suing anyone," she tweeted. "The press just loves to once again fabricate & exaggerate stories to get hits of sell papers."
In a statement sent to MTV News on Thursday, Beach Boys member Mike Love, one of the co-writers along with Brian Wilson of "California Girls," said, "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."
According to Billboard magazine, a spokesperson for Rondor Music also confirmed that no legal action is imminent over Perry's smash hit, which has sold 3 million copies and topped the singles chart for weeks.
"There is no lawsuit against the writers or publishers of 'California Gurls,' " an unnamed Rondor source said. "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. ... 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.' ... Rondor Music, who publishes the works of Brian Wilson and Mike Love, 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."
The original song features the famous refrain, "I wish they all could be California girls," while Perry's version has rapper Snoop Dogg saying, "I really wish you all could be California girls."
Both Love and Wilson have expressed admiration for Perry's song, and their spokesperson stressed on Thursday that any legal action over it would be undertaken by Rondor, which owns the track, not by the group's members.