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Taylor Swift Says She’s Never Heard of 3LW When Accused of Plagiarism

Taylor Swift is personally responding to a plagiarism lawsuit. The country-turned-pop star is being sued by Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the songwriters of the 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW. 

The 3LW song contains the lyrics, “playas, they gonna play” and haters, they going to hate,” while Taylor’s famous song ‘Shake it Off’ includes the lyrics “Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

Taylor has responded to the lawsuit by saying, “The lyrics to Shake It Off were written entirely by me,” Taylor said in a sworn declaration that was filed in response to the accusations. 

“Until learning about Plaintiff’s claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW.”

In the declaration, Taylor said that her parents never let her “watch TRL until I was about 13 years old. None of the CDs I listened to as a child or after that were by 3LW. I have never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ on the radio, on television, or in any film. The first time I ever heard the song was after the claim was made.”

Taylor continues, “In writing the lyrics, I drew partly on experiences in my life and, in particular, unrelenting public scrutiny of personal life, ‘clickbait’ reporting, public manipulation, and other forms of negative personal criticism which I learned I just needed to shake off and focus on my music,” she said. “I recall hearing phrases about players’ play, and haters’ hate stated together by other children while attending school Wyomissing Hills and in high school in Hendersonville. These phrases were akin to other commonly used sayings like ‘don’t hate the playa, hate the game,’ ‘take a chill pill,’ and ‘say it, don’t spray it.”

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