Taylor Swift is having some legal trouble on her hands.The 27-year old singer has been sued by two songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler who say Grammy award winner Taylor Swift lifted about 20 percent of their song ‘Playas Gon’Play for her hit song ‘Shake it’ which was released in 2014, TMZ says.
The songwriters Hall and Butler are both veteran music professionals.Hall has worked with the likes of Justin Bieber and Pink, while Butler has worked for the Backstreet Boys and Victoria Beckham, among others A-list artiste.
A representative for Taylor Swift has responded to the claims saying the allegation is a ridiculous claim and is nothing more than a money grab attempt. The rep added that the law is simple and clear and that the songwriters do not have a case.
The song Playas Gon’ Play, was released in May 2001, was 81 on Billboard’s Hot 100.It was subsequently honored recently by music media stalwart as the 89th best on the list of the 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.
Lyrics of Playas Gon’ Play, which was written by Hall and Butler, and now in dispute are: ” ‘Playas, they gonna play/ And haters, they gonna hate/ Ballers, they gonna ball/ Shot callers, they gonna call.’
This is however different from Swift’s 2014 song, which chorus, has the words ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play/ And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate / Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake I shake it off, I shake it off.’
Swift achieved success with the hit single, released in August of 2014, hitting the 22nd spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the top spot.The song also got nominated at the 2015 Grammy’s in the Record of the year category, best pop solo performance of the year as well as the song of the year category.
Taylor Swift, who wrote the song ‘Shake it’ with Max Martin and Shellback, in 2014 told Billboard that the song was basically written about an important lesson she learned that changed how she lived her life and how she looks at her life.
She said wanted a song that could be played and danced to at weddings or be a reassurance for people during tough times.