Taylor Swift, 32, has responded to a 2017 copyright complaint in which the authors of the 3LW song “Playas Gon’ Play,” Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, claimed that Taylor had stolen their words for her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” in the lyrics.
Sean and Nathan claim that Taylor changed the words of the 2001 song “Playas gon’ play / And haters, they gon’ hate” to read “‘Cause the players gon’ play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gon’ hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” in her Grammy-nominated track.
Taylor refuted claims that she plagiarized their lines in court docs acquired by E! News, saying, “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me.”
“I co-wrote ‘Shake It Off’ with Karl Martin Sandberg, known professionally as Max Martin, and Karl Johan Schuster, professionally known as Shellback, at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, in February 2014,” she stated in the August 8 declaration.
“We began writing the song after I discussed with Max Martin and Shellback that I wanted to write a song that would help me cope with the stresses in my life, and would also double as a song that would make people get up and dance.”
Taylor continued by saying that she was inspired by events in her life to write the lyrics to “Shake It Off.”