Taylor Swift Sued Once Again; R&B Artist Claims “Shake It Off” Lyrics Were His
Taylor Swift is once again being haled in the courtroom as a defendant. This time she is being sued for allegedly ripping off the lyrics to her hit “Shake It Off.” Jesse Braham, a U.S. based R&B singer, reportedly has filed a lawsuit claiming Swift stole the words to “Shake It Off” from his 2013 song called “Haters Gone Hate.” Braham is seeking two things in his suit; financial compensation in the form of $42 million, and he wants his name added to the song’s credits as a writer.
Braham told the New York Daily News, “Her hook is the same as mine. If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.’ Braham apparently believes he owns the rights to the phrases “haters gone hate” and “playas gone play,” which appear in the chorus of “Shake It Off.” Aside from those lyrics, the songs bare no musical similarity. To this point there has been no comment from Swift’s camp.
It seems as Swift’s star-power rises so too does the number of appearance she must make in a courtroom.