Taylor Swift has been hit with legal action from R&B singer Jesse Graham who is claiming ‘Shake It Off’ rips off one of his compositions.
Graham is suing Swift for $42 million due to the lyrical similarities between his 2013 song ‘Haters Gone Hate’ and her 2014 single ‘Shake It Off’.
Graham originally requested to be named as a writer on ‘Shake It Off’, but since being denied a credit by Swift’s team he is now seeking substantial compensation.
Speaking to NY Daily News, Jesse Graham said of Taylor’s song: “Her hook is the same as mine. If I didn’t write ‘Haters Gone Hate’, there wouldn’t be a song called ‘Shake It Off’. At first I was going to let it go, but this song is my song all the way.”
In his legal claim, Graham argues that there is “no way” Taylor Swift could have written the chorus lyrics for ‘Shake It Off’ independently of his ‘Haters Gone Hate’.
Listen to both tracks in question below: