Taylor Swift’s pop hit “Shake It Off” is at the center of a massive lawsuit. Jesse Graham, an R&B singer, is reportedly suing Swift for $42 million after she allegedly lifted lines from his song “Haters Gone Hate” and used them in “Shake It Off.”
Jesse spoke with NY Daily News, and alleges that the chorus of Swift’s 2014 anthem (“Cause the players gonna play / And the haters gonna hate”) borrows from his slow-jam “Haters Gone Hate,” which contains the phrase “Haters gonna hate, players gonna play.” There is “no way” Swift came up with those lyrics independently of his song, he said.
He concludes his allegations, “If I didn’t write the song ’Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ’Shake It Off.'” Listen to Jesse Graham’s track below and tell us if you think he’s making a solid argument.