Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” helped rocket her album 1989 into the stratosphere last year, but now the gargantuan hit is the subject of an equally huge lawsuit.
When speaking to The New York Daily News last week, R&B singer Jesse Graham mentioned that he is suing T-Swift for $42 million for allegedly lifting lyrics from his 2013 song “Haters Gonna Hate,” specifically “haters gonna hate,” “players gonna play,” and “fakers gonna fake.” “Her hook is the same as mine,” Graham says in the interview. “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gonna Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.'”
No comment from Swift or her camp just yet, but considering that the public was already on her case for cultural appropriation and that the song’s YouTube numbers alone are more than the population of China, this could get ugly. Give the song a listen and judge for yourself.