Taylor Swift Sued For $42M By Hater Claiming She Stole ‘Shake It Off’ Lyrics

LOL no, R&B person named Jesse Graham – you do *not* fuck with Taylor Swift’s creative integrity. Or, if you’re intent on incurring the world’s wrath, at least make bloody sure you have a solid leg to stand on.

Dude is suing Swiftie for a massive $42 million for allegedly stealing part of the lyrics to her banger ‘Shake If Off’ from a song of his that we can almost guarantee she’s never heard.
It’s called ‘Hater Gonna Hate’, and he reckons the chorus of her anthem (“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”) was plucked direct from his track’s lyrics (“Haters gonna hate, players gonna play”).

That’s about as much as the songs have in common, so we’d say there’s an 8% similarity there.
Still, Jesse insists there is “no way” TayTay – who trademarked the phrase “This sick beat” earlier in the year – came up with the phrase “haters gonna hate” on her own, though the ever-reliable Urban Dictionary dates the phrases back to 2011.
Jesse initially asked to be named as a writer on ‘Shake It Off’, as acknowledgement of her ‘plagiarism’, but her team repeatedly dismissed him because his claims of ownership are bogus and NOW LOOK.
We all know what happens next: Tay counter-sues, wins and goes back to being Queen of the Teens while Jesse fades back into obscurity.
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