According to two accomplished songwriters, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, Grammy award-winning singer Taylor Swift stole lyrics from their 2001 hit for her 2014 Shake It Off.
The songwriters who wrote 3LW’s 2001 hit Playas Gon’ Play claim that Swift ripped them off and took at least 20 percent of the song’s lyrics.
Notably, both Hall and Butler are veteran music industry professionals who have worked with several industry stars. While Hall has worked with Justin Bieber and Pink, Butler has done work for the Backstreet Boys and Victoria Beckham, and so many others.
Nevertheless, a representative for Taylor Swift responded to the lawsuit, telling TMZ that the claim is “ridiculous” and that they don’t have a case.
“This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case,” said the rep. Meanwhile, Butler is being repped by Gerard Fox Law and Julian Everly Shervington Wright.
They want a ton of money. A closer look at the claims shows that the two songs do have some kind of similarity. “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” some somewhat similar to “The playas gon’ play/ Them haters gonna hate.”
Notwithstanding, Swift’s rep disagrees, saying the songwriters are just after the money.
Released in May 2001, Playas Gon’ Play, hit 81 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was subsequently honored this summer by the music media stalwart as the 89th best on the list of the 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
Similarly, Swift achieved massive success with the single, Shake It Off which was released in August 2014. The song was the 22nd song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 in the top spot, achieving the said feat for three other periods.
The single also achieved critical success, garnering three nominations at the 2015 Grammys in the categories for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
It also garnered three nominations at the 2015 Grammys in the categories for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Swift wrote the song with Max Martin and Shellback. Meanwhile, you can be the judge after watching both songs.