Earlier this year, Ed Sheeran quietly added the writers of TLC’s “No Scrubs” to his songwriting credits list for his hit single “Shape of You” because the song sounded like it took a bit too much inspo from the iconic ’90s track. Now it looks like Taylor Swift is the latest celeb to be called out for taking a bit too much inspo from a classic song.
Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the writers of 3LW’s classic 2000 hit “Playas Gon’ Play,” have filed a lawsuit against Taylor Swift claiming that the lyrics to her 2014 smash single “Shake It Off” are theirs.
Whether or not the writers have a case is to be seen, but the lyrics to the older song’s chorus (“Playas, they gonna play / and haters, they gonna hate”) are undoubtably similar to Tay’s track. According to a report by TMZ, Hall and Butler say 20% of “Shake it Off” is their song.
For someone who trademarks common idioms like “This Sick Beat,” you’d think Taylor might be sympathetic to Hall and Butler’s case, but it appears not. “This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case,” Taylor’s lawyers told TMZ.
If the judge and jury were Twitter, however, they fall firmly on the “Playas Gon’ Play” scribes’ side. And they thought so looooong before this case was filed.