Taylor Swift To Face A Legal Battle Worth $42M Over Allegations Of Plagiarism; The One Behind This Was Allegedly Sourgraping?
Taylor Swift is a hit music maker. With songs she penned down or collaborated with other artists, she has her own touch of magic that connects to the listeners. No wonder why she has successful album sales and anticipated concerts. With the glamor of her career also comes the rumors she needs to face such as the recent allegation of stealing someone else’s lyrics of a song.
According to the news from BBC, the Grammy award winner will have a legal battle soon with R&B singer Jesse Grahams as he sued her for $42M worth for the allegations of lyrics ripoff. He claims that “Shake It Off” was not an original idea as part of the lines came from his own song “Haters Gone Hate.”
Graham explained he wrote this song last 2013 and it contains the lyrics “Haters gone hater, playas gone play/ Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.” These, according to him, were copied in some lines of Swift‘s upbeat single.
Apparently, the lines he is referring to from “Shake It Off” are “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.” in the chorus, and this line as well, “And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake”.
In his interview with New York Daily News as cited by E! News, he firmly said, “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.'”
Speculations of sour griping by Grahams circulated when it was discovered he requested for the writing credits about the song along with a selfie from the country/pop singer-songwriter. When she turned him down, it was his cue to consider filing a case against her.
How will Taylor Swift respond to this issue?
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