Taylor Swift is facing a lawsuit from a songwriter who claims he first came up with a famous phrase from her hit "Shake It Off."
Jesse Braham, whose stage name is Jesse Graham, says Swift plagiarized the lyrics “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” from his song “Haters Gone Hate,” the ‘New York Daily News’ reports. He claims to have copyright ownership of the phrases, both of which appear in the chorus of Swift’s hit song and in his original. Graham added that there was "no way" that Swift could have penned the lyrics independently of his song and that he first noticed the similarities between both tracks when she performed the song on the “Ellen Degeneres Show”.
In Mr Braham's song, the chorus comprises: "Haters gone hater, playas gone play/ Watch out for them fakers, they'll fake you everyday."
The chorus of Shake It Off features lyrics including: "Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate." She sings another line: "And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.
He told the ‘Daily News’ that Swift’s management has repeatedly denied his requests for an official writing credit on the song and a selfie with the pop star