‘The Voice’ Cast Member Involved In Legal Battle, Hits Back at Lawsuit

Former “The Voice” mega mentor and music celebrity Taylor Swift claims she by no means listened to the band 3LW earlier than she wrote the music “Shake It Off” in response to a lawsuit filed by the band.

Swift advised a federal court docket that she wrote “Shake It Off,” which got here out in 2014, utterly by herself, based on court docket paperwork obtained by NPR.

The singer is being sued by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, writers of “Playas Gon’ Play,” which was a music launched in 2000. They allege that she stole the lyrics of their music for “Shake It Off.”

According to USA Today, the songwriters filed a lawsuit about copyright infringement in 2017, however that swimsuit was initially dismissed in 2018. The decide on the time wrote that the lyrics had been “too banal” to be stolen. An attraction reignited the case, nevertheless, and Swift’s December 2021 request for dismissal was denied with a decide stating the instances have “sufficient goal similarities.”

The Lawsuit Alleges Swift Stole Lyrics

The lawsuit filed towards Swift alleges she stole lyrics from the 2001 music. They level to the lyrics “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.” In “Shake It Off,” Swift sings, “the gamers gonna play, play, play” and “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate.”

Swift’s response to the swimsuit says that the phrases “gamers gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” are each in widespread tradition and had been on the time of her writing the music and he or she wrote it about “independence and ‘shaking off’ unfavorable private criticism by music and dance.”

“In writing the lyrics, I drew partly on experiences in my life and, specifically, unrelenting public scrutiny of my private life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and different types of unfavorable private criticism which I realized I simply wanted to shake off and concentrate on my music,” Swift stated within the response, per NPR.

Swift factors to Eric Church’s music “The Outsiders,” which does embody the lyrics “the participant’s gonna play and a hater’s gonna hate.” The music was carried out on the Country Music Awards in 2013, one 12 months earlier than “Shake It Off” was launched.

In 2013 as properly, Swift wore a t-shirt that featured a unicorn with a thought bubble stating “haters gonna hate.” The star says she bought the shirt at Urban Outfitters.

Swift Says She ‘Never’ Knew the Song

Swift states within the response to the swimsuit that she had by no means seen the music video or noticed 3LW stay.

“I’ve by no means seen a Playas Gon’ Play music video, by no means attended any live performance the place 3LW carried out, and by no means attended any live performance the place the music Playas Gon’ Play was carried out,” she writes. “I don’t personal any 3LW albums or singles, or any recording of Playas Gon’ Play. I don’t personal and have by no means listened to the albums Now That’s What I Call Music! 6 or Now That’s What I Call Music! 7. I didn’t talk about Playas Gon’ Play or 3LW with anybody previous to this lawsuit.”

She stated that she additionally “by no means subscribed to Billboard journal and had by no means learn something within the journal till after I moved to Nashville and have become immersed within the music enterprise.”

The subsequent listening to within the case will happen on September 19, 2022.

“The Voice” is about to return to NBC on September 19, 2022. The season will characteristic coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello, and John Legend.


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