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Taylor Swift is being sued for 'Shake It Off'

Songwriter Jessie Braham says Taylor's chart-topper copies his lyrics

By Andrea Tim | Published: 2 Nov 2015

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Taylor Swift is getting pretty busy with lawsuits. Just last week, it was reported that she was countersuing a now-fired radio host for groping her backstage at her concert, and now she's apparently being sued for plagiarism.

A songwriter called Jessie Braham claims that Taylor's song Shake It Off resembles his 2013 work Haters Gone Hate. Jessie's song goes like this: "Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they'll fake you every day."

While it does remind you of the catchy chorus "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate" in Shake It Off, the styles of the two tracks are completely different.

Moreover, Jessie is suing Taylor for $42 million and wants all future prints of Shake It Off to credit him. Really, haters gonna hate.

"Her hook is the same hook as mine," he told the Daily News. "If I didn't write the song 'Haters Gone Hate,' there wouldn't be a song called 'Shake It Off.'"

"At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way," he added. Listen to his song here.

Related: Taylor Swift performs acoustic version of 'Out of the Woods'


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