Music Charts, Pop — November 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Taylor Swift sued for $42 million over ‘Shake it Off,’ because haters gonna hate

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A relatively unknown R&B singer has got some ‘bad blood’ with Taylor Swift saying that she stole his lyrics in her song “Shake it Off” and is coming after the pop star to the tune of $42 million.

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Songwriter Jessie Braham, who’s stage name is Jesse Graham says Tay’s hit song, “Shake It Off,” “borrows heavily” from a song he wrote in 2013 called, “Haters Gone Hate.” Braham says his lyrics are “Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.”

 

The singer claims to have copyright ownership of the phrases, both of which appear in the chorus of Swift’s hit song and in his original. “Her hook is the same hook as mine,” claimed the 50 year old, “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.’”

 

The Daily News also reports that Braham first noticed a similarity between the two songs when Swift performed hers on the Ellen Degeneres Show. He then tried to contact Swift’s team and asked to be named as a writer on “Shake it Off” — and for a selfie with the singer. When his requests were repeatedly denied, Braham decided to take legal action.

 

Listen to the song below and see if you can find the similarities