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Taylor Swift has informed a federal courtroom that she wrote all the lyrics to her 2014 hit “Shake It Off,” and stated she had by no means heard of the group 3LW or their 2001 track “Playas Gon’ Play” earlier than a lawsuit was filed towards her.
Swift made these statements in a declaration this week over the case initially filed in 2017 by Sean Corridor and Nathan Butler, who wrote “Playas Gon’ Play” and allege that Swift stole a few of its lyrics for “Shake It Off.”
The lawsuit focuses on Swift’s refrain, which embrace the phrases, “‘the gamers gonna play, play, play,” and “the haters gonna hate, hate, hate.” The 3LW songwriters level out that the 2001 track accommodates the lyrics, “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.”
She stated that the phrases “gamers gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” had been a part of common tradition as she was rising up, and sometimes used “to specific the concept that one can or ought to shrug off negativity.”
Swift stated her lyrics didn’t have any affect from 3LW and as a substitute, is about “independence and ‘shaking off’ detrimental private criticism by music and dance.”
“In writing the lyrics, I drew partly on experiences in my life and, particularly, unrelenting public scrutiny of my private life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and different types of detrimental private criticism which I discovered I simply wanted to shake off and give attention to my music,” Swift stated.
In her declaration, Swift supplies examples for instance her level that the phrases had been broadly used, together with a 2013 efficiency by Eric Church on the Nation Music Awards. Church carried out his track “The Outsiders,” which additionally consists of the lyrics “the participant’s gonna play and a hater’s gonna hate.”
At one in every of her personal performances in 2013, Swift says she wore a T-shirt with the phrase “haters gonna hate” on it, and added that she bought the shirt from City Outfitters.
Swift concluded that she had “by no means heard the track Playas Gon’ Play and had by no means heard of that track or the group 3LW,” earlier than the lawsuit by Corridor and Butler in 2017.
“Not one of the CDs I listened to as a baby, or after that, had been by 3LW,” Swift stated. “I’ve by no means heard the track Playas Gon’ Play on the radio, on tv, or in any movie. The primary time I ever heard the track was after this declare was made.”
This is extra from her declaration:
“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 track Playas Gon’ Play was carried out. 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 is What I Name Music! 6 or Now That is What I Name Music! 7. I didn’t talk about Playas Gon’ Play or 3LW with anybody previous to this lawsuit. I’ve 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.”
Corridor and Butler have stated that they coined the phrase, and that whereas it “could appear to be widespread parlance right now,” it was “fully unique and distinctive” once they wrote the track.
The following listening to on this case is scheduled for Sept. 19.