3LW's Songwriters Sue Taylor Swift For Lyric Similarity

3LW's Songwriters Sue Taylor Swift For Lyric Similarity

It's songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler who reckon Swift's record nabbed lyrics from one of their songs, that song being the 2001 3LW track "Playas Gon Play".

Taylor Swift is being sued for allegedly stealing lyrics for her 2014 hit song, "Shake it Off".

These are two totally different songs though!

It is these lyrics that are alleged to have been copied by Swift in the "Shake it Off'" chorus: "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play".

Have a listen to the two tracks and let us know what you think....

It's one of her most well known songs. Source Giphy
It's one of her most well known songs. Source Giphy

The suit accuses Taylor of copying both the players/haters combination, but in a statement to ABC Radio, her rep dismisses the claim as "ridiculous", calling it "nothing more than a money grab". The law is simple and clear.

Swift knew or should have known that "Playas Gon' Play" could not be used without a licence, they said, as is "customary standard practice in the music industry". The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, but it notes that Swift's tune has sold more than 9 million copies and the video for the song has almost 2.4 billion views on YouTube. Until then I'm going to be bumping "Playas Gon' Play" because I forgot how much of a bop that was.

It is reported that Hall and Butler are seeking a large sum of money, however Swift's representative has slammed the lawsuit.

Hall and Butler are successful songwriters in their own right.

Taylor Swift has a new headache on her hands. Previously, Hall and Butler have worked with other prominent artists like Backstreet Boys, Justin Bieber, and Pink.

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