Taylor Swift has hit back at claimants in a US copyright lawsuit over her hit song Shake It Off, saying the lyrics were written “entirely by me”.
The multi-award winning singer said she drew from her own experience and “frequently used phrases and comments” that she had heard throughout her life for the track.
The lawsuit is being brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nate Butler and alleges that Swift lifted the lyrics to her song from their own Playas Gon’ Play, performed by American girl group 3LW.
Swift, 36, said she had “never heard” the song Playas Gon’ Play or 3LW, before the lawsuit, in a sworn statement filed Monday and obtained by the PA news agency.
The lyrics of Shake It Off were written entirely by me. Shake It Off is about independence and ‘shaking off’ negative personal criticism through music and danceTaylor Swift
“The lyrics of Shake It Off were written entirely by me,” she said.
“Shake It Off is about being independent and ‘shaking off’ negative personal criticism through music and dance.
“In writing the lyrics, I drew on part of my life experience and in particular, the relentless public scrutiny of my personal life, ‘clickbait’ reports, manipulation of the publicity. them and other forms of negative personal criticism I learned that I just needed to sway off and focus on my music.
“With Shake It Off, I wanted to provide a humorous, empowering approach to helping people feel better in the face of negative criticism through music, dance, and allowing personal independence. people shake off negative criticism.”
She added: “The lyrics of Shake It Off are also drawn from commonly used phrases and comments that I have heard throughout my life.
“Before writing Shake It Off, I had heard the phrases ‘players will play’ and ‘haters will hate’ uttered countless times to express the idea that one can or should let go of negativity. .
“Until I learned about Plaintiff’s complaint in 2017, I had never heard the song 9 Playas Gon’ Play and had never heard that song or the 3LW group.”
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Swift’s lawyers had previously appealed the judge’s decision to allow the case to continue, saying it was “unprecedented” and asking for a review of the ruling.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/taylor-swift-says-lyrics-to-shake-it-off-were-written-entirely-by-me-41901729.html Taylor Swift says Shake It Off lyrics were ‘completely written by me’