It seems like everyone wants a little bit of Taylor Swift.
By now, you must have heard last year’s smash pop hit “Shake It Off” by Taylor, unless you’ve managed to magically turn off your eardrums every time the catchy tune came on the radio, which, by our estimation, was about once every 3 seconds.
It’s a hugely popular song from Swift’s most successful album 1989, but one jazz artist is claiming that Swift stole the lyrics. Specifically, he says that she plagiarized the lyrics “Haters gonna hate” and “Players gonna play” from his song, entitled “Haters Gone Hate.”
If that’s the case, then this guy is going to have to sue 3LW, too.
The artist suing Swift is a jazz singer named Jessie Braham who goes by the stage name Jessie Graham. He’s seeking $42 million from Swift for allegedly plagiarizing his song, and he wants his name added to any future prints of the song.
Except for…well, his song sounds nothing like “Shake It Off,” and as for the lyrics? They’re common slang phrases that have been around for at least a couple of decades. So, we’re calling bullshit here.
According to Hello Giggles, not even Braham/Graham can lay claim to the lyrics, because the Urban Dictionary entry for the phrase dates back to 2010. And who can forget 3LW’s catchy tune using those exact words from all the way back in 2000? Methinks there’s something else afoot here.
Listen to Braham/Graham’s song here on Youtube if you must, although more publicity and exposure is probably exactly what this artist is angling for.
I doubt very highly that Graham has a case here. I wouldn’t hold my breath for any kind of payout, let alone $42 million.