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Taylor Swift 'Shake It Off' Lawsuit: Rapper Claims Credit for Lyrics

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By    |   Monday, 02 Nov 2015 12:15 PM

Taylor Swift is facing a lawsuit over the lyrics to her hit "Shake It Off" after a rapper claims she ripped off his 2013 song.

Jessie Braham, who goes by the stage name Jessie Graham, is demanding $42 million from the superstar and also wants his name added to the song's writer credits, according to TMZ.

"The dispute is focused around the chorus of Swift's song: 'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate', and 'And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake,'" Billboard's Lars Brandle wrote.

"The chorus to Braham's work features the line: 'Haters gon' hate, playas gon' play. Watch out for them fakers, they'll fake you every day.' Putting to the side the lyrical likeness in the chorus, the two songs share little else in common. Braham, however, is firm in his belief that he has a strong case," Brandle continued.

Braham, however, told the New York Daily News that the similarities in the chorus cannot be ignored, and he insists that Swift uses his hook 72 times throughout "Shake It Off."

"Her hook is the same hook as mine," he told the Daily News on Saturday. "If I didn't write the song 'Haters Gone Hate,' there wouldn't be a song called 'Shake It Off.'"

Braham said he first noticed similarities with the lyrics when he saw Swift perform on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" several months ago, and he said he has talked with Sony and Swift's record label, Big Machine, about possible compensation.

The rapper said he was initially willing to settle for his name being added to the song as a writer or getting a selfie with the pop star, but he was driven to file a lawsuit when Swift's team dismissed his claims.

The lawsuit is the second recent legal battle for Swift. Last month, she counter-sued a Denver radio personality who filed a federal lawsuit against her in September, claiming he lost his job after the singer's security team falsely accused him of groping her before a 2013 concert.

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