Taylor Swift is being sued because “haters gonna hate”!
The pop star has been accused of plagiarizing the lyrics from “Haters Gone Hate” by an American R&B singer named Jesse Graham, for her 2014 hit song “Shake It Off”.
In “Shake It Off”, Swift sings “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”, as well as “And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake” – these lines are said to bear resemblance to Graham’s 2013 single “Haters Gone Hate” which contains lyrics like, “Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.”
Compare the two songs!
Graham is suing Swifts for USD42 million saying that, “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off,’” as quoted by New York Daily News.
Also, at first when Graham found out about the song, he only asked for Swifts to include his name as one of the writer for the song and requested for a selfie with her, but he was denied multiple times and was told that his claim had no merit. Thus, he decided to file a lawsuit.
On the other hand, Graham also plans on suing CNN for the title of its morning show “New Day” as he runs a church organization called New Day Worldwide.