The singer included the group’s classic line “I wish they all could be California Girls” in her song California Gurls.
Rondor Music fired off a letter to Perry’s label, Capitol Records, demanding Mike Love and Brian Wilson – who penned the 1965 classic California Girls – be given a writing credit on Perry’s hit summer song, as well as royalties, the New York Postreported.
A record industry source said: “Rondor Music has sent a letter to Capitol on behalf of Mike Love and Brian Wilson, saying Katy has cribbed one of the most famous lyrics in history, so Love and Wilson should be entitled to a writing credit and a portion of the royalties.”
The legendary line is uttered by Snoop Dogg at the very end of Perry’s track, which sold more than three million copies so far, making it the anthem of the summer.
Although sources told the New York Post that Wilson and Love asked Rondor to take action, reps for both musicians claimed it was Rondor’s idea.Wilson’s rep said, “Rondor owns the track and called Brian and Mike, saying they were going to complain. Brian likes Katy’s record and doesn’t know where the situation stands.”
Love’s rep said, “Mike and Brian wrote the song … but any legal action is up to Rondor.”
A rep for Perry and Capitol did not respond to the Post‘s request for comment. Rondor declined to comment.