Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off Lawsuit Reaches Surprise Settlement Before Trial

Taylor Swift and her legal team can finally “shake it off.”

Two songwriters and Taylor Swift reached a decision Monday after a five-year legal battle to drop the lawsuit alleging Swift overturned the lyrics to her hit song “Shake It Off,” Variety reported.

Swift and songwriters Nathan Butler and Sean Hall – who are due to appear in court next month – pleaded with the judge: “[dimiss] this action in its entirety.”

The exact terms of the settlement are still unclear, but for now, the song’s credits — Swift and original co-writers Max Martin and Shellback — remain unchanged.

The Post has reached out to Swift representatives for comment.

The “Bad Blood” began in 2017 when Butler and Hall claimed that the lyrics to their 2014 song were identical to their song “Playas Gon’ Play,” which was performed by girl group 3LW and hit #18 on the Billboard charts in 2001 .

“Until I learned of the plaintiffs’ allegation in 2017, I had never heard of the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW,” Swift said in a filing.

Swift claimed that she didn’t hear the song during its popularity because her parents “won’t let me watch[MTV’s hit countdown show]’TRL’ until I was about 13.”

That "bad blood" began in 2017 when the band claimed the lyrics were identical to their hit "Playas Gon' Play,
The “Bad Blood” began in 2017, when songwriters claimed the lyrics were identical to 3LW’s single “Playas Gon’ Play.”
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Swift claimed that she didn't hear the song during its popularity because her parents
Swift claimed that she didn’t hear the song during its popularity because her parents “won’t let me watch TRL (MTV’s hit countdown show) until I was about 13.”
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Swift and her attorneys argued that the similar wording came from everyday and vernacular language.

“I remember other kids hearing phrases about gaming and hating gamers while attending school in Wyomissing Hills and high school in Hendersonville,” said the Pennsylvania-born “Love Story” singer.

“These phrases were similar 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,'” she continued. “I was struck by the message that when people have a tendency to do something, they will do it, and the best way to overcome that is to shake it off and move on.”

It should be noted that the only similarities in both songs are “Playas, they gonna play / And Haters, They Gonna Hate” in the 3LW song and “Cause the Players Gonna Play, Play, Play, Play, Play / And the Haters” seem to be I’m gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” in Swift’s tune.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/12/taylor-swift-shake-it-off-lawsuit-reaches-surprise-settlement-before-trial/ Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off Lawsuit Reaches Surprise Settlement Before Trial

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