Taylor Swift Is Being Sued For $42 Million Over The Lyrics To "Shake It Off"

By on November 7, 2015 in ArticlesMusic News

Taylor Swift has won a lot recently. Whether it is her landmark 1989 album, bringing a multi billion dollar company to its knees, or being on pace to make $1 million daily this year as a result of revenue from touring and endorsements, it's a really good time to be Taylor. But someone is looking to rain on her parade with a hefty lawsuit over one of Taylor's most popular songs.

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" was the lead single off of 1989, and performed extremely well on the charts. The song debuted as the No. 1 song in the country, becoming only the 22nd song to ever accomplish that feat. It also was nominated for several Grammy awards, though it failed to win an award. The song has been extremely successful, and has become one of the most popular songs in Swift's catalog. But according to an R&B singer named Jesse Braham, Swift stole the lyrics for "Shake It Off" from him.

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Braham, whose artist name is Jesse Graham, has filed a $42 million suit against Swift, alleging that Swift plagiarized lyrics from one of his songs, entitled "Haters Gone Hate," which was released in 2013. According to the 50-year-old Braham, the hook in "Shake It Off" ("Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate") resemble the lyrics in his song ("Haters gonna hate / players gonna play.")

Braham told the Daily News, "Her hook is the same hook as mine," adding that the 25-year-old songstress uses the hook roughly 72 times in her songs. "If I didn't write the song "Haters Gone Hate," there wouldn't be a song called "Shake It Off," added Braham.

Braham says that he asked Swift for writing credit on "Shake It Off" and a selfie with Swift, but his request was not granted. As a result, he filed the $42 million lawsuit, and says that Swift is "definitely trolling" him.

But wait, there's more. Taylor Swift isn't the only big name Braham is going after in court. He has also filed a lawsuit against CNN for utilizing the name "New Day" in its morning show. Why? Well, he runs a church organization called "New Day Worldwide," so he claims that they took the name from his organization.

If you ask me, the guy has no case. The hooks from the two songs sound nothing alike, and more importantly, has Braham ever heard of "Playas Gon Play" by 3LW, which was released in the year 2000? I think it's safe to say that Swift has nothing to worry about.

Articles Written by Marvin Jules
Marvin Jules is a freelancer with a passion for music and sports He is a graduate of Rutgers University with degrees is Communication and Human Resource Management. In addition to writing, he also runs an online store where he curates and sells vintage clothing and accessories. You can follow him on Instagram here (IG: 9to5thrift)
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