Taylor Swift Is Being Sued Over "Shake It Off" Song
Sing it with me guys: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate. Shake it off, shake it off.” Ahhh now don’t we all feel a little bit more empowered and generally better about ourselves.
For most of us (even if you don’t care to admit it) Taylor Swift’s hit 2014 track, Shake It Off, is a bit of a feel-good banger. But not for one guy, US R&B singer Jesse Braham – who goes by the name Jesse Graham – who claims Taylor’s track is a little too familiar for his liking.
In 2013 he released a track called Haters Gone Hate. Heard of it? No neither had we, but we have to admit the title does sound a little bit similar to the lyrics of tay tay’s massive hit. Jesse’s song’s chorus goes: “Haters gone hater, playa’s gonna play/ Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday”.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, the singer has claimed:
“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.”
So, he’s gone ahead and decided to sue the singer for a whopping $42m (£27m) for “stealing” the lyrics, and is also asking for writing credits on the track.
Fair enough, the lyrics might be similar, but it’s not like Jesse (or Taylor) came up with the phrase “Haters Gone Hate” or “Fakers gonna Fake”. And, we find it a little hard to believe that Taylor was listening to this, her fave Jesse Graham track, and decided to copy the lyrics…
Listen to the two tracks, and see if you think Jesse needs to ‘shake it off’…