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Taylor Swift Says She Had By no means Heard of 3LW Earlier than “Shake It Off” Lawsuit

Taylor Swift Says She Had By no means Heard of 3LW Earlier than “Shake It Off” Lawsuit

Amid a copyright lawsuit from two songwriters accusing Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics from 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play,” the singer shared that she had by no means heard of the lady group till she was sued.

Taylor Swift Responds to Shake It Off Copyright Lawsuit

Look what you made her do: Taylor Swift is defending herself towards plagiarism allegations.

The singer just lately responded to a 2017 copyright lawsuit filed by songwriters Sean Corridor and Nathan Butler, who claimed Swift had lifted lyrics from the 3LW track “Playas Don’ Play,” which they penned, for her 2014 smash hit “Shake It Off.” Per courtroom paperwork obtained by E! Information, Swift refuted the accusation by writing in a declaration dated Aug. 6, “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ had been written solely by me.”

“Till studying about Plaintiffs’ declare in 2017, I had by no means heard the track ‘Playas Gon’ Play and had by no means heard of that track or the group 3LW,’” she continued. “The primary time I ever heard the track was after this declare was made.”

Although 3LW—initially comprised of Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton—launched a number of hits within the early aughts, Swift wrote that she “nearly completely” listened to nation music throughout that point and “didn’t watch the MTV present TRL” or go to golf equipment the place mainstream music was performed.

“The one live shows I went to had been for nation and people rock singers, LeAnn RimesBilly Gilman and Melissa Etheridge,” she defined. “My mother and father restricted what I might watch and take heed to, and didn’t allow me to look at TRL till I used to be about 13 years outdated.”

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Moreover, Swift attested that “gamers gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” had been widespread phrases “uttered numerous occasions” by others, together with her classmates when she attended faculty in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, in addition to Eric Church in his track “The Outsiders.” She additionally famous in her declaration that she wore an City Outfitters shirt with the phrase “haters gonna hate” whereas performing on the 2013 Billboard Music Awards—a yr earlier than she penned “Shake It Off.”

“I used to be reminded of those phrases once I started engaged on ‘Shake It Off’ with Max Martin and Shellback within the studio,” Swift wrote. “I included variations of the gamers play and haters hate phrases in ‘Shake It Off’ as a result of, as they categorical resistance to negativity, they additional ‘Shake It Off’s message of independence and ‘shaking off.’”

She added, “I can and do affirm that ‘Shake It Off’ was composed independently of ‘Playas Gon’ Play.’”

E! Information reached out to Corridor and Butler’s attorneys however didn’t hear again but.

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