Meet 10 People Who Could Also Sue Taylor Swift for Plagiarizing ‘Shake It Off’ Lyrics

By Rey Martin | 2 years ago
Meet 10 People Who Could Also Sue Taylor Swift for Plagiarizing ‘Shake It Off’ Lyrics
PHOTOGRAPH: Instagram/Taylor Swift |

Oh no! Did you know that there are more people who could sue Taylor Swift for plagiarizing the lyrics to her hit song “Shake It Off?”

Did Swift rip-off an artist’s lyrics for her hit song “Shake It Off?” According to FOX 31 Denver, a musician named Jessie Braham claims that his song, “Haters Gone Hate,” has the same 22-word phrase that Swift used in her 2014 hit song. Braham also said that he copyrighted his song in February 2013.


“Shake It Off,” which is included in Swift’s “1989” album, has the lyrics: “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” and “And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.”

Braham’s “Haters Gone Hate,” which was posted on YouTube in December 2013, does not sound like Swift’s song. Last weekend, Braham told the New York Daily News that Swift’s hook is the same as his. “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off”’, he added.

Braham filed the suit in federal court without an attorney. He also requested to waive filing fees because the last time he had a job was in 2006. He is currently seeking $42 million in damages from Swift and her record label, Sony. The suit also seeks to have Braham’s name to be added as a songwriter to Swift’s song. Swift and Sony are yet to response to the request for comment on Braham’s suit.


According to Erin Keane of, there are 10 more people who could sue Swift for plagiarizing the lyrics to her hit song. Here they are:

  1. Ice T – his 1999 single “Don’t Hate the Playa” has the lyrics: “Don’t hate the player, hate the game”
  2. 3LW – the girl group’s single “Playas Gon’ Play” has the lyrics: “haters gon’ hate”
  3. Dave Chappelle – his Comedy Central classic, “Chappelle’s Show,” featured the sketch “Playa Hater’s Ball” in 2003 (featuring Ice T)
  4. Omar Noory – he shared a gif of a proud avatar that shrugs off the haters online in 2009
  5. This cat who also acts as your college dormmate’s “spirit animal”
  6. The authors of the Urban Dictionary entries of “haters gonna hate,” which date back to 2010
  7. The person who first captured this almost-nude rollerblading Batman
  8. The proud “Haters Gonna Hate” eagle
  9. The creators of the gifs in this Buzzfeed list that was posted in 2012
  10. Tyga – his 2013 single “Don’t Hate Tha Playa” has the lyrics: “Don’t hate the player, cause your b***h chose me”


Photo source: Instagram/Taylor Swift

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