Taylor Swift denies plagiarism allegations on ‘Shake it Off’

"I kick myself for it too because I was like, 'Wow, I could have been, like, hanging out with Taylor Swift and maybe we could've been friends or something," he continued. (Photo: Instagram release)

Taylor Swift, 34, said she has never heard 3LW’s song “Playas Gon’ Play”, which she was accused of plagiarizing in “Shake it Off”. Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote the song, claim that the excerpt “hater gonna hate” came from “players gonna play.” The singer presented last Monday (8) new documents to the court that prove the legitimacy of her work.

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Taylor denied the allegations and said, “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me”. She wrote in the publication that she co-wrote the song with Karl Martin Sandberg and Karl Johan Schuster in 2014.

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The singer also explained that the lyrics were based on experiences in her life. Including the “unrelenting public scrutiny of my personal life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and other forms of negative personal criticism which I learned I just needed to shake off and focus on my music”, according to court documents obtained by E! news.

The plagiarism process started in 2017 and has been open ever since. The following year, the judge ruled the action as unending, claiming that the song’s passage was too “banal” to be copyrighted. The 3LW group appealed and in December 2021, the court ruled that the case would need to be decided by a jury.


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