American pop sensation Taylor Swift is being sued for a whopping £27m for allegedly stealing the lyrics to her hit 2014 single ‘Shake It Off’. US R&B singer Jesse Braham has claimed in legal papers that Swift stole the words from a song called ‘Haters Gonna Hate’, which he wrote in 2013. As well as monetary compensation, Mr. Braham also wants to be recognised as the writer of the song and wants his name to feature on the track, representatives of Swift are yet to officially comment on the legal case.
‘Shake It Off’ topped music charts around the world and reached number two in the UK, whilst the video for the song has been watched more than 1.1 billion times on YouTube. Mr Braham, who goes by the stage name of Jesse Graham, claims that he has copyright ownership of the phrases “haters gonna hate” and “playas gonna play”, which appear in the chorus of Swift’s song. In Mr. Braham’s song the chorus states “Haters gone hater, playas gone play/Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday”, apart from the lyrical similarity, the songs bear no resemblance musically.
However 50-year-old Mr. Braham has said that he believed there was “no way” Taylor Swift could have written her lyrics independently of his song. Mr. Brahman also added, “Her hook is the same hook as mine. If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gonna Hate’, there wouldn’t be a song called “Shake It Off. At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way”.
Mr. Braham had originally asked to be named as a writer on the track and requested a selfie with Swift, but he was repeatedly dismissed and told that his claim had no merit. It is the second recent legal case involving Swift as earlier this week the singer filed a counterclaim against an American radio DJ who is attempting to sue her over allegations that he groped her whilst backstage at a concert in June of 2013.