Following the news that Taylor Swift is the highest-paid musician in the world after reportedly earning more than one million dollars a day for the duration of 2015, the 25-year-old is being sued for $42million over her hit single ‘Shake It Off’.
The ‘Bad Blood’ singer released the hit track last year but R&B singer, Jesse Braham, who goes by the stage name Jesse Graham, claims she took the lyrics from his 2013 song ‘Haters Gone Hate’.
He told the New York Daily News that words like “haters gone hate, players gone play” were lifted and used in Taylor’s song, adding that he wants to be recognised on the track.
“At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way.” he said
A legal source told American blogger, Perez Hilton, that “Mr. Braham, who is representing himself, cannot claim copyright protection for the phrases ‘haters gone hate’ and ‘players gone play’.
“The Copyright Act does not protect short phrases and these phrases are not original to him”
Taylor Swift who is currently on tour is yet to make any comment concerning the case.
‘Shake It Off’ was the lead single from her multi-million selling album 1989 and was written by songwriters Max Martin and Shellback along with Taylor.