Taylor Swift issued an affidavit on Monday to defend herself against plagiarism accusations related to her hit song “Shake it off" , the first single from her album 1989 that was released in late 2014.
In 2017, the singer was sued by a pop trio from the United States called 3LW , who claimed that the artist had included phrases from her song “Playas gon' play” , published in 2001, in her song. to phrases such as “haters gonna hate” and “players gonna play,” two commonly used expressions, according to Taylor.
The country-pop star strongly denies that she was aware of the 3LW song when she began to compose her single , which was written entirely by her, according to her testimony. In fact, Taylor did not even know of the existence of this gang and her name only came to her ears precisely when the lawsuit was filed against her.
“The first time I heard that song was when those allegations came to light. When writing my lyrics I am partially inspired by the experiences of my life and, in this specific case, I did it in the constant scrutiny that exists on my life, in clickbait journalism , in manipulation and in other forms of criticism. negative. The song talks about the need to shake off all that and focus on my music,” says an extract from the document that he provided to the court.