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Haters Gonna Sue, Sue, Sue, Sue, Sue Taylor Swift For Allegedly Stealing Lyrics For ‘Shake It Off’

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Taylor Swift, who trademarked the phrase “this sick beat” earlier in the year, is now being sued by R&B artist Jesse Graham for $42 million, the New York Daily News reports. Graham alleges that Swift’s gargantuan 2014 hit “Shake It Off,” which features the Shakespearean wordplay of “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” stole lyrics from his song coincidentally titled “Haters Gone Hate.” Beyond those three words, the songs have pretty much nothing in common. The R&B crooner says there is “no way” Swift came up with the phrase “haters gonna hate” on her own, though contra Graham’s conviction, the phrase was used by French metalcore band Chunk! No, Captain, Chunk! way back in 2013, and the ever-trusty Urban Dictionary has entries on the phrase dating back to 2011. Maybe Graham’s just mad he’s the only person on the planet who wasn’t invited to go on stage with Swift this year.

T. Swift Being Sued For ‘Shake It Off’ Lyrics