Troubling news for Taylor Swift, the singer is being sued over the lyrics to her 2014 hit Shake It Off.
The lawsuit claims the Swift’s lyrics ‘haters gonna hate’ are unoriginal, with the 26-year-old’s rep denying any wrongdoing. “This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case,” Swift’s rep tells People in a response against songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler.
According to TMZ, in 2001 Hall and Butler wrote a song called, Playas Gon’ Play. Their lyrics are:
“Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate.”
Meanwhile, Taylor’s Shake It Off goes like this…
“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
This isn’t the first time Swift has been sued over her Shake It Off lyrics.
In November 2015, a judge dismissed a case filed by R&B singer Jesse Graham over the same phrase, “haters gonna hate.”
It remains to be seen whether Taylor will be able to shake another lawsuit off.