Yesterday, Katy Perry became a trending topic for a relatively unconventional reason: nine years ago, she sang backup on P.O.D.’s hit “Goodbye For Now.” There’s nothing wrong with stating that. She hits harmonies in the chorus and gets a little bit of a solo towards the end. However, the band seems to have taken umbrage at that designation, as they called her a full-fledged singer in a video message they posted on their Facebook account.
They then go on to list some of the others they’ve had on their albums, including Helmet’s Page Hamilton, the Bad Brains’ HR, and the singer of Blindside. There’s one big difference, though. Those were established artists, not virtual unknowns like Perry was. P.O.D. is trying to play it as if they knew she would be a superstar, when honestly, they lucked out by having a singer/songwriter with vocal chops sing on one of their songs. That’s nothing to be ashamed of – in fact, they should be proud that they did that. But instead of pretending to be offended, maybe they should good-naturedly take credit for her success and bringing them a little of the star power that Perry now has. Check the message below:
This is revisionist history and disrespectful to our girl Katy Perry who was NEVER a backup singer … We invited her to participate on our record as she was and is still is one of the few pop artists with strong musicianship roots … She paid her dues not as a backup singer but in a van going town to town. This is the problem with music journalism today … Shabby reporting. No research. No history. smarturl.it/PODAwakening
Posted by P.O.D. on Thursday, October 15, 2015