Odds & Ends: Bareilles v. Perry, Morrissey, Wanee Festival

Sara Bareilles talks about accusations that Katy Perry’s “Roar” ripped off her song “Brave”… Morrissey’s autobiography may be available to purchase sometime soon after all  … and announces dates for its 2014 event.  

In August Pollstar asked our readers to take part in a poll to determine if Katy Perry’s single “Roar,” which was released that month, copied Sara Bareilles’ tune “Brave,” which she put out in April. According to the very unscientific results, 76.28 percent of our readers think Perry was a bit of a copycat.

Bareilles has commented about the so-called drama, saying everything is hunky-dory between the two singers.

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Mix 106 Performance Theater, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

“I don’t feel like anything was taken from me artistically. I wasn’t the one having any problems with it,” she told the Associated Press. “I’ve known Katy a long time. We are friends and she and I spoke about it. I look at it as two female artists who are releasing a message of empowerment.”

Well, she was a bit bugged with a few people. Namely, some of her fans.

“To be totally honest, I was sort of disappointed in how aggressive fans were being about it. I don’t promote drama in my life and competition and stuff like that.”

Morrissey seems to have worked things out with Penguin Books.

The British singer’s favorite fan site broke the news last week that the Sept. 16 release date for the British singer’s autobiography was being pushed back because of a “last-minute content disagreement” between Moz and Penguin Books – and that he was in search of a new publisher.

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Music Center At Strathmore, North Bethesda, Md.

Now True To You says the Morrissey and Penguin are shooting for a publishing date in the next few weeks. The only bad news is that fans in North America will have to keep waiting to read all about Moz’s life in his own words. The fan site says, “This is a deal for the UK and Europe but Morrissey has no contract with a publisher for the U.S. or any other territory.”

Wanee Music Festival will return to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla., April 10-12. The 2014 event will once again include the Wanee Wednesday Happy Hour April 9.

The fest hosted by The Allman Brothers Band has yet to announce a lineup or ticket onsale information.

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The Allman Brothers play the Wanee Festival at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla.

Along with The Allman Brothers Band, the 2013 Wanee featured performances from Hot Tuna, Steel Pulse, Galactic, Gov’t Mule, Blackberry Smoke, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Leon Russell, Michael Franti and more.  

Visit the fest’s website at WaneeFestival.com.