*An R&B singer is claiming that Taylor Swift stole the hook from his song “Haters Gonna Hate” for her multi-platinum smash hit “Shake It Off,” and he’s suing her for $42 million.
Jesse Graham says he admits the melody of his slow jam sounds nothing like “Shake It Off,” but he claims she lifted his lyrics “haters gonna hate” and “players gonna play” for her tune.
Graham sings: “Haters gonna hate / Players gonna play / Watch out for them fakers / They’ll fake you every day.” Swift’s chorus: “’Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”
“Her hook is the same hook as mine,” Graham told the New York Daily News. “If I didn’t write the song ‘Haters Gone Hate,’ there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off.’”
Graham initially asked Swift’s management for a co-writing credit on “Shake It Off” and for a selfie with Swift. They responded that his claim had no merit.
“At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way,” he said.
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