Taylor Swift news: singer threatened with $42 million lawsuit over 'Shake It Off' lyrics


Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is reportedly being sued by R&B artist Jessie Braham aka Jessie Graham for $42 million for allegedly stealing the lyrics to Braham’s 2013 single “Haters Gone Hate” and using it for her hit song “Shake It Off.”

According to reports, Braham’s contention are the lines: “Haters gone hate, playas gone play/ watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.” 

Part of Swift’s song, meanwhile, goes: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” 

Braham stated, as reported by the Daily News, “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.'” 

The 50-year-old musician told the publication that he spotted the similarity watching “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” where Swift performed “Shake It Off.” He has been in contact with Sony and Big Machine, Swift’s record label, but his claims have reportedly not been accepted as having merit. Despite some similarity in the lyrics, the songs bear no other resemblance.

The Verge, meanwhile, points that Swift does not need to worry about the lawsuit even if she did draw inspiration from the R&B singer’s piece to write her song because of fair use, citing the 1994 case “Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.” wherein, under copyright law, 2 Live Crew’s use of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” was deemed acceptable.

Official comment from Swift or her legal representatives regarding this lawsuit is unavailable at the moment. 

The 25-year-old singer, though, has more than just this legal woe up her street. She reportedly sued Colorado DJ David Mueller for allegedly “groping” her backside backstage. The DJ is said to have been fired and responded with his own lawsuit claiming the accusation as untrue. Swift then filed a counter suit stating she could back her statement with evidence. 

A report from E! Online reveals court documents stating, “Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault it was Mueller and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit.” 

And the document goes on to say, “Resolution of this Counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of the humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms. Swift, and will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”