The central theme of Taylor Swift’s life right now seems to be ‘haters gonna hate’. Here’s why: two songwriters are claiming that Tay stole some of their lyrics for her hit track Shake It Off. They are now suing her for allegedly ripping them off.
These two songwriters claimed that Taylor did not write the lyrics for Shake It Off, according to TMZ. Sean Hall and Nathan Butler are the ones that allege Taylor used their words and now they’re suing her.
They claim they wrote a song entitled ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ back in 2001. Girl group 3LW then recorded the track, and they actually hit No. 81 on Billboard Hot 100.
The crazy thing is that some of the lyrics in the song are, ‘Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate.’ Doesn’t this sound a bit familiar?
‘This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab,’ Taylor’s rep confessed to TMZ regarding the lawsuit.
‘The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case.’
On the other hand, the two songwriters claim that 20 percent of Taylor’s 2014 hit is theirs.
Nathan has also worked with the Backstreet Boys, Christina Milian, Aaron Carter and Victoria Beckham.
Sean has collaborated with Justin Bieber, Lionel Richie, Pink and Maroon 5.
As Taylor’s rep noted, they are reportedly asking for tons of money.
Back in 2015, a judge dismissed a similar lawsuit against Taylor for the same song, Shake It Off.
Jesse Graham tried to sue Taylor for $42 million after claiming she copied some lyrics from his in the 2013 song called ‘Haters Gone Hate.’ Shake it Off does feature the chorus, ‘Cause the players gonna play play play play play / And the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate,’ while Graham’s song contains the lyric, ‘Haters gonna hate, players gonna play.’