Taylor Swift, 32, has issued a response to a 2017 copyright lawsuit wherein songwriters Sean Corridor and Nathan Butler, who wrote the 3LW tune “Playas Gon’ Play,” accused Taylor of plagiarizing their lyrics for her 2014 hit “Shake It Off.”
Sean and Nathan allege that Taylor stole the lyrics “Playas gon’ play / And haters, they gon’ hate” strains from the 2001 tune to make use of in her Grammy-nominated observe as “‘Trigger the gamers gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
In court docket paperwork obtained by E! Information, Taylor denied allegations that she took their strains and stated, “the lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ had been written completely by me.”
“I co-wrote ‘Shake It Off’ with Karl Martin Sandberg, recognized professionally as Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster, professionally often called Shellback, at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, in February 2014,” she wrote within the declaration filed Aug. 8.
“We started writing the tune after I mentioned with Max Martin and Shellback that I needed to jot down a tune that may assist me address the stresses in my life, and would additionally double as a tune that may make individuals rise up and dance.”
Taylor added that she drew inspiration for the lyrics to “Shake It Off” from experiences in her life, together with the “unrelenting public scrutiny of my private life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and different types of detrimental private criticism which I realized I simply wanted to shake off and give attention to my music.”
The “Unhealthy Blood” singer stated in her declaration that she had by no means heard 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play” single previous to writing her tune and stated the phrases she and the feminine group used are quite common.
“Previous to writing ‘Shake It Off,’ I had heard the phrases ‘gamers gon play’ and ‘haters gon hate’ uttered numerous occasions to specific the concept one can or ought to shrug off negativity,” Taylor famous. “I recall listening to phrases about gamers play and haters hate said collectively by different kids whereas attending faculty in Wyomissing Hills, and in highschool in Hendersonville.”
E! Information has reached out to Sean and Nathan’s attorneys however has not heard again but.