Singer Taylor Swift says she wrote the entire lyrics of her song Shake It Off herself. She has filed this statement with the court because of the plagiarism case filed against her by members of the group 3LW.
The American is accused of copying part of the lyrics of her 2014 hit from songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler. The similarities involve the song Playas Gon’ Play.
“The lyrics to Shake It Off were written entirely by me,” Swift said in court documents accessed by music website Billboard. Until the singer was sued in 2017, she said she had “never heard of the song Playas Gon’ Play.”
The 2001 song by 3LW repeatedly sings, “Playas, they gonna play. And haters, they gonna hate.” According to prosecutors, this is suspiciously similar to the lyrics of the chorus from Shake It Off, in which Swift sings, “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
That the lyrics are similar is purely coincidental, according to the American singer. These kinds of lyrics regularly occur in places like the schoolyard, Swift believes. “These phrases were related to other commonly used sayings, such as ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game’, ‘take a chill pill’, and ‘say it, don’t spray it’.”