According to a specious story making the online rounds like wildfire yesterday, Katy Perry registered a new song called "1984" with BMI. Given the similarity between "1984" and the title of a hit album from a separate pop star whose recent No. 1 hit is rumored to be about Perry (again, by the Internet), people exploded with rabid speculation that this alleged "1984" track was a response song of sorts.
At least, that's according to random people on the internet. But according to Katy Perry's managers, that's totally false.
"Katy Perry's managers at Direct Management Group confirm that this story is completely false," a rep for Perry at Universal tells Billboard. "Katy Perry was not involved in writing, singing, recording or registering this song."
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Katy Perry's managers confirm '1984' song story is 'completely false': Exclusive
It was all fun and games for Perry and Swift the at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2010. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage
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The pair seemed pretty cozy at the show, 2011 American Music Awards despite the fact that they were both up for awards. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2011/FilmMagic)
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It's all about happy faces. (Photo by Lester Cohen/AMA2011/WireImage)
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Back in 2009, Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus were also a part of the duo's inner circle. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Taylor Swift and Katy Perry arrive at the 2011 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2011/FilmMagic)
That shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Patrick Collier, one of the song's alleged co-writers, posted an Instagram about the song with the caption "news to me." That Instagram has since been deleted.
For their part, BMI simply confirmed that the "1984" song was registered back in September by BMG Platinum Songs. The song is still on BMI's site with Katy Perry listed under the "Artists" tag.
So there you go. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.
As for what Perry is actually talking about these days, it's far more important than an alleged pop star feud. Perry is one of the few A-list pop stars to actually comment on the brutal handling of black teens at the hands of police in Texas.