Enter your email to read this article
Read news on any topic, in one place, from publishers like The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more.

Taylor Swift hits back at copyright lawsuit over Shake It Off

Taylor Swift has hit back at complainants in a US copyright lawsuit over her hit song Shake It Off, saying the lyrics were written “entirely by me.”

The multi-award winning singer said she had drawn from her own experiences and “commonly used phrases and comments” she had heard throughout her life for the track. The claim is being brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nate Butler and who allege Swift took lyrics for her song from their own Playas Gon’ Play, performed by US girl group 3LW.

Taylor, 36, said she had “never heard” of the song Playas Gon’ Play or 3LW, prior to the lawsuit, in a sworn declaration filed on Monday and obtained by PA news agency. She said: “The lyrics to Shake It Off were written entirely by me.

READ MORE: Live updates as fire fighters rush to Aintree Hospital blaze

"Shake It Off is about independence and ‘shaking off’ negative personal criticism through music and dance. In writing the lyrics, I drew partly on experiences in my life and, in particular, 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.

"With Shake It Off, I wanted to provide a comedic, empowering approach to helping people feel better about negative criticism through music, dance, and the personal independence enabling one to just shake off the negative criticism.”

She added: “The lyrics to Shake It Off also draw from commonly used phrases and comments heard throughout my life. Prior to writing Shake It Off I had heard the phrases ‘players gonna play’ and ‘haters gonna hate’ uttered countless times to express the idea that one can or should shrug off negativity.

“Until learning about Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song Playas Gon’ Play or the group 3LW.”

Lawyers for Swift previously appealed against the judge’s decision to allow a trial to go ahead in the case, arguing that it was “unprecedented” and asked the ruling to be revisited.


Related Stories
Taylor Swift files in Shake It Off copyright lawsuit: ‘The lyrics were written entirely by me’
Singer had been sued by writers of 3LW’s 2000 song Playas Gon’ Play for alleged plagiarism, and the case is due to return to court
From analysis to the latest developments in health, read the most diverse news in one place.
Taylor Swift says lyrics to Shake It Off were ‘written entirely by me’
The pop megastar has hit back at complainants in a US copyright lawsuit over her hit song.
Taylor Swift says she never listened to 3LW before writing 'Shake It Off'
Taylor Swift says she had never heard of the group 3LW or their 2001 song "Playas Gon' Play" before a lawsuit was filed against her accusing her of stealing lyrics.
Taylor Swift denies she stole ‘Shake It Off’ lyrics saying hit song was ‘written entirely by me’ as she responds in copyright lawsuit
Taylor Swift has denied allegations of copyright infringement on her hit track “Shake It Off”.
Taylor Swift files in ‘Shake It Off’ plagiarism lawsuit stating that the lyrics were ‘written entirely by me’
Swift had been sued by writers of 3LW’s 2000 song Playas Gon’ Play for alleged plagiarism
One place to find news on any topic, from hundreds of sites.
Beware of the Bull: the extraordinary life of singer Jake Thackray revealed
The first biography of the enigmatic poet-songwriter leads a resurgence in popularity for the late northern balladeer whose admirers include Neil Gaiman and Cerys Matthews