Taylor Swift Being Sued Over “Shake It Off” Lyrics for the Second Time
Taylor Swift‘s first single from 1989, “Shake It Off,” was released in August 2014, but it’s still creating quite a stir. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler are suing the 27-year-old singer because they claim the tune is way too similar to their song, “Playas Gon’ Play,” which was performed by 3LW in 2001.
According to TMZ, the men say that 20% of “Shake It Off” was ripped directly from the jam they wrote 16 years ago. “Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate,” is one lyric from the latter tune, while Tay’s song goes, “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
The “Look What You Made Me Do” crooner’s rep, however, says the lawsuit is total BS.
“This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab,” the representative told TMZ. “The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case.”
Back in 2015, Taylor was sued for $42 by a different musician who also had a problem with the lyrics from “Shake It Off.” Jesse Graham (whose real name is Jesse Braham) claimed the blonde took “the haters gonna hate / the players gonna play” from his 2013 song, “Haters Gone Hate.”
The case only held up for a few days before a judge dismissed it and released the following savage AF statement:
“At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court. But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them. As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space — one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court’s explanation in Part II, Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit.”
Shots were definitely fired back then, so we can only wait to see what’s gonna happen this time.
Taylor Swift has been sued for some ridiculous things in the past:
For stealing 1989 inspiration from a prison inmate
In yet another bizarre lawsuit surrounding around the pop princess, a prison inmate facing time due to child pornography charges sued Taylor for $100 million for using his life story as lyrics on 1989. 35-year-old Jose Hilario claimed that he and Taylor had a relationship when the singer was just 18 years old, and, at one point in time, even promised to "write and sing songs about him." After 1989 dropped last year, Hilaro gave it a listen — because that's apparently what inmates do — and realized that he inspired the entire musical project. No hard feelings though, Hilario says he'll drop the lawsuit if the singer would “help [him] and restore [their] true friendship.” We. Can't. Even.