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Taylor Swift Says She Had Never Heard about 3LW Before “Shake It Off” Lawsuit

Amid a copyright lawsuit from two songwriters accusing Taylor Swift of stealing lyrics from 3LW’s “Playas Gon’ Play,” the singer shared that she had never heard about the lady group until she was sued.

Taylor Swift Responds to Shake It Off Copyright Lawsuit

Look everything you made her do:Taylor Swiftis defending herself against plagiarism allegations.

The singer recently taken care of immediately a 2017 copyright lawsuit filed bysongwritersSean Hall and Nathan Butler, who claimed Swift had lifted lyrics from the3LW song “Playas Don’ Play,” that they penned, on her behalf 2014 smash hit “Shake It Off.” Percourt documents obtained by E! News, Swift refuted the accusation by writing in a declaration dated Aug. 6, “The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me.”

“Until studying Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song’Playas Gon’ Play and had never heard about that song or the group 3LW,'” she continued. “The 1st time I have you ever heard the song was following this claim was made.”

Though 3LWoriginally made up of Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williamsand Naturi Naughtonreleased several hits in the first aughts, Swiftwrote that she “almost exclusively” paid attention to country music throughout that time and “didn’t watchthe MTV show TRL” or head to clubs where mainstream music was played.

“The only real concerts Iwent to were for country and folk rock singers,LeAnn Rimes,Billy GilmanandMelissa Etheridge,” she explained. “My parents limited what I possibly could watch and pay attention to, and didn’t permit me to view TRL until I was about 13 yrs . old.”

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Furthermore, Swift attested that”players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were common phrases “uttered countless times” by others, including her classmates when she attended school in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and alsoEric Churchin his song “The Outsiders.” She also noted in her declaration that she wore an Urban Outfitters shirt with the phrase “haters gonna hate” while performing at the2013 Billboard Music Awardsper year before she penned “Shake It Off.”

“I was reminded of the phrases when I began focusing on ‘Shake It Off’ withMax MartinandShellbackin the studio,” Swift wrote. “I included versions of the players play and haters hate phrases in ‘Shake It Off’ because, because they express resistance tonegativity, they further ‘Shake It Off’s message of independence and ‘shaking off.'”

She added, “I could and do concur that ‘Shake It Off’ was composed independently of ‘Playas Gon’ Play.'”

E! Newsreached out to Hall and Butler’s attorneys but didn’t hear back yet.

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