Taylor Swift Sued For $44 Million For “Shake It Off” Copyright Infringement [Listen to both and decide]
When you are as big a star as Taylor Swift, lawsuits are inevitable. Some plaintiffs hope to win, some hope to settle for some cash and others just want the PR. Singer Jesse Graham has filed suit against Swift, alleging that she stole the lyrics for her hit "Shake it Off" from a his 2013 song "Haters Gone Hate." Read on, listen and you decide his motivation.
According to The Daily News, U.S. R&B singer Jesse Graham filed suit against Swift, alleging that she stole the lyrics for her hit "Shake it Off" from a song Graham wrote in 2013 called "Haters Gone Hate" which includes the lines "Haters gonna hate, players gonna play."
The 50-year-old musician told the Daily News, "If I didn't write the song 'Haters Gone Hate,' there wouldn't be a song called 'Shake It Off.'"
Swift's "Shake It Off" uses the phrase "Players gonna play, haters gonna hate" throughout the song. However, the phrase has become vernacular and is a frequently used meme on the Internet. According to the website knowyourmeme.com, the phrase first appeared in 3LW's 200 hit “Playas Gon’ Play.”
Before filing the suit, Graham reportedly asked Swift for a writing credit on her album and an opportunity for a 'selfie' with Swift, but she refused his offer.
Graham is seeking $42 million through the lawsuit. – via Celebrity Access
Listen and tell if you think Jesse Graham has a case.
Jesse Graham's "Haters Gone Hate"
Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"