Taylor Swift Sued For $42 Million Over “Shake It Off” Lyrics
The thirst is real.
Taylor Swift is being sued for $42 million by U.S.-based R&B singer Jesse Braham, who alleges the country-turned-pop icon took lyrics from his song “Haters Gone Hate” to write “Shake It Off.”
“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,’” Jesse told New York Daily News, also saying he’s been in touch with Big Machine, Taylor’s record label, multiple times.
When speaking to Big Machine, Jesse says he’s asked them to give him songwriting credit and even asked for a selfie with Taylor. Dude, you kind of had us until the selfie part…
As Billboard points out, the only similarity between the two songs — Jesse’s from 2013 and Taylor’s from 2014 — is exactly what Jesse is claiming copyright infringement over: the phrases “haters gone hate” and “playas gone play.”
Check out the lines in question:
"Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate", and "And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.”
“Haters gone hate, plays gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.”
Just to put Jesse’s lawsuit into perspective, he also says he plans to sue CNN for naming a show New Day because he runs a church called New Day Worldwide. Yeah, weird.
Taylor’s reps have yet to comment on Jesse’s claims, which sound kind of familiar to the lawsuit Marvin Gaye’s family took out — and won — against Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams for the song “Blurred Lines” and its similarities to Marvin’s song “Got to Give It Up.”