Taylor Swift Sued For $42 Million By Z-List Singer Claiming She Stole “Shake It Off” Lyrics

Carl Williott | November 2, 2015 10:52 am

Taylor Swift‘s legal team has their work cut out for them. The star is currently embroiled in a serious lawsuit in which she claims a man groped her, and now she’s being hit with a $42 million lawsuit from a Z-list “singer” claiming she stole her “Shake It Off” lyrics from his “song.”

James Graham, a 50-year-old “R&B” “artist” claims Swift’s “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” chorus copies lyrics from his 2013 “song” “Haters Gone Hate,” which employs the lyrics “Haters gonna hate, players gonna play.” The New York Daily News reports Graham asked to be named as a writer on “Shake It Off” and requested that Swift take a selfie with him. He was swiftly dismissed by her team, so he filed the multimillion dollar suit.

I don’t need to tell you “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were already played out by the time Swift used them in 2014, and putting them together wasn’t even fresh phrasing back in the late ’90s. Saying that move is yours is about as ridiculous as claiming “this sick beat” is yours. Of course I don’t need to tell you that. But just to see this all the way through, here is the part where you get to hear Graham’s “song,” and then try to discern on what planet and in which dimension Taylor Swift, or any human, would ever even encounter this.