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Writers Behind 3LW’s ‘Playas’ Sue Taylor Swift Over ‘Shake It Off’ Lyrics

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Haters gonna hate? Taylor Swift‘s being sued for her “Shake It Off Lyrics” by the writers behind 3LW’s 2001 hit “Playas Gon’ Play.”

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According to TMZSean Hall and Nathan Butler, who wrote the 3LW track, officially claim in a lawsuit that Swift’s “Shake It Off” lyrics (“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate) are a direct lift from their tune’s words (“Playas, they gonna play and haters, they gonna hate“). They claim 20 percent of “Shake It Off” is theirs, and are seeking a ton of dough, the site says.

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Still, Swift’s rep told TMZ “This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case.”

And this isn’t the first time Swift’s been sued for the song. In 2015, Jessie Braham sued Taylor Swift for $42 million over the same lyrics, according to CNN Money. Braham, who copyrighted a song called “Haters Gone Hate” in 2013, claimed Swift’s song borrowed his 22-word lyric set, even though the songs sounded nothing alike.

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