Taylor Swift Accused of Stealing Lyrics of 3LW’s Song for ‘Shake It Off’
Amid her triumphant comeback, Taylor Swift has to face a legal problem. Two songwriters named Sean Hall and Nathan Butler have sued the songstress for allegedly using some lyrics they wrote on her hit “Shake It Off” without permission, TMZ reports. The outlet further notes that the pair “want a ton of money.”
In the lawsuit, Hall and Butler allege that 20% of “Shake It Off” material is taken from a song they wrote for girl group 3LW titled “Playas Gon’ Play” back in 2001. The classic hit included lines, “Playas, they gonna play/ And haters, they gonna hate/ Ballers, they gonna ball/ Shot callers, they gonna call.”
Meanwhile, on “Shake It Off”, the chorus reads, “Cause the players gonna play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate hate.” Although it’s hard to deny the similarity, a rep for Swift has told the publication, “This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple an clear. They do not have a case.”
Hall and Butler are professionals in the music industry. Hall previously worked with Justin Bieber, Lionel Richie, Pink and Maroon 5, while Butler used to team up with Backstreet Boys, Christina Milian, Aaron Carter and Victoria Adams.
This isn’t the first time Swift is sued over “Shake It Off” lyrics. Back in 2015, R&B singer Jesse Graham tried to sue the “Blank Space” hitmaker for $42 million after claiming that she copied lyrics from his song “Haters Gone Hate”.
However, a judge dismissed the suit. “Upon consideration of the Court’s explanation in Part II, Graham may discover that mere pleading Band-Aids will not fix the bullet holes in this case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit,” so the judge said in court.