Taylor Swift just can’t shake, shake, shake off the lawsuits.
Just last week, we learned that T-Swift is countersuing a Denver DJ who claims she made up false groping accusations that cost him his job; she says he “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.” Now, R&B artist Jesse Graham has filed a $42 million lawsuit against Swift, asserting that her “Shake It Off” is a direct ripoff of his “Haters Gonna Hate.” They certainly gonna.
Graham alleges that the chorus of Swift’s 2014 anthem (“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”) borrows from his slow-jam “Haters Gone Hate,” which contains the phrase “Haters gonna hate, players gonna play.” (Via)
That’s about the only thing the songs have in common (the melodies are completely different), but Graham says, “Her hook is the same hook as mine. If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.'” Then who would get down to this. sick. beat.? Graham originally wanted to be named as a co-writer on “Shake” and get a selfie with Swift, but when her label failed to take him seriously, he filed the lawsuit.
The Daily News also reports that “Graham, who runs a church organization called New Day Worldwide, said he [plans] to file suit against CNN for the title of its morning show New Day.” Can’t stop, won’t stop suing.
(Via New York Daily News)