Taylor Swift Is Being Sued For $42 Million Because Of This One Song
Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Judges gonna deliberate-ate-ate-ate-ate.
Taylor Swift is in some hot Starbucks water after it was announced the global music icon is being sued for $42 million over allegedly stealing lyrics for her mega-hit “Shake It Off.”
The suit comes from R&B singer Jesse Braham -- whose stage name is Jesse Graham -- who claims Swift lifted the lyrics for her song off a song he wrote in 2013 called “Haters Gone Hate.”
He is seeking $42 million in the suit as well as having his name added to Taylor's song's credits as a writer.
The lyrics in question are from the chorus of "Shake It Off":
Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.
As well as:
The fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.
He is saying this is ripoff of his song's lyrics:
Haters gone hater, playas gone play/ Watch out for them fakers, they'll fake you everyday.
You can listen to Graham's song in question here:
I would put a link to "Shake it Off" here, but, whether intentional or not, you've already heard it 10,000 times and know the lyrics by heart... even if you didn't want to.
If you can't listen to "Hates Gone Hate," don't worry. I'll tell you straight up, these songs sound nothing alike, which is fine because the suit really falls on the lyrical components of both recordings.
Swift and her representatives have yet to address the lawsuit.
In an interview on Saturday, Braham told the Daily News,
Her hook is the same hook as mine. If I didn't write the song 'Haters Gone Hate,' there wouldn't be a song called 'Shake It Off.'
Is Taylor a liar/dirty, dirty cheat? We'll let the courts decide.