Katy Perry plays down Beach Boys row

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Perry's California Gurls topped the UK singles chart in June

Katy Perry has played down reports that legal action is pending over her use of lyrics from the Beach Boys' California Girls on her track, California Gurls.

"No one is suing anyone," she told fans via instant messaging site Twitter.

Her 'tweet' followed reports that the Beach Boys' label, Rondor Records, had threatened to take legal action against Perry's label, Capitol Records.

At the end of Perry's number, rapper Snoop Dogg says: "I really wish you all could be California girls."

The line recalls the chorus of the Beach Boys' classic song, on which they sing: "I wish they all could be California girls."

A spokesperson for Rondor Records told Billboard magazine there was "no lawsuit against the writers or publishers of California Gurls".

However, the label's representative did say it had "established diminutive claim" - a legal term used in US music publishing.

"It is up to the six writers and various publishers of California Gurls to decide whether they honour the claim or not."

Complicating the situation are comments made by the Beach Boys themselves that appear to distance them from their record label's position.

"Any legal action is up to Rondor," a spokesman for Mike Love told the New York Post.

Brian Wilson's spokesman, meanwhile, said the Beach Boys founder "likes Katy's record and doesn't know where the situation stands".

On Twitter, though, Perry suggests the alleged dispute is a minor matter that has been blown out of proportion by the media.

"The press just loves to once again fabricate and exaggerate stories to get hits or sell papers," the 25-year-old wrote.

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