Taylor Swift tells the ‘Shake It Up’ judge she never heard the ‘Playas’ song

Taylor Swift clearly believes she’s being played in court, as a statement she provided to the judge in a “Shake It Off” plagiarism lawsuit set out her claim that she wrote the song “Playas Gon’ Play,” which she’s accused of , not having heard back after becoming aware of the lawsuit.

“The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me,” Swift said in filings filed in response to claims by two songwriters that their 2014 hit offended a single by the group 3LW, which ranked 81 of Billboards peaked at the Hot 100 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 wrote in a filing first reported by Billboard became. She said she barely got a chance to hear it during its brief chart run, since her parents “won’t let me watch[MTV’s hit countdown show]TRL until I was about 13.”

Regardless of their exposure to the tune, Swift and her attorney argued that any similar phrasing is because the terminology is part of everyday speech and was part of popular slang before Sean Hall and Nathan Butler “Playas Gon’ Play.” wrote” around the turn of the century — by which point the hitmaker says she heard that language on the playground, not on the ether.

“I remember hearing phrases about gamblers and hate being said together by other kids when they attended school in Wyomissing Hills and high school in Hendersonville,” wrote the Pennsylvania-raised star. “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.’ … I was struck by the message that people who have a tendency to do something will do it, and the best way to overcome it is to shake it off and move on.”

Swift noted that the phrase was so common that she wore a t-shirt that read “haters gonna hate” to a concert in 2013 — one that wasn’t custom made but bought from Urban Outfitters.

The songs appear to have nothing in common apart from the controversial core lines – with the 3LW tune repeating the lyrics “Playas, they gonna play / And haters, they gonna hate” while Swift’s track has the lines “Cause the player gonna play, play, play , play, play / And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” as the linchpin of the chorus.

But that was enough for a former judge to overturn a previous dismissal of the lawsuit, which has been going through the courts for five years. It was overturned by a federal judge in 2018, but the lawsuit was reinstated by an appeals court the following year. It is set to be decided by a jury at an unspecified time in the future, but Swift attorney Peter Anderson argues that further evidence shows the plaintiffs’ claims are baseless enough to warrant no trial.

Although “Playas Gon’ Play” made little impact on the pop charts in 2001, Billboard placed the song at number 87 in a 2017 ranking of the “100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time”.

As internet sleuths pointed out, the controversial phrases, or close variations thereof, appeared in a number of other 21st-century songs, both before and after “Shake It Up,” including Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” in 2014 and “Mic Drop.” in 2017. The Notorious BIG is often credited with popularizing the phrase “Playa Hata” with his 1997 song of the same name.

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/taylor-swift-shake-it-up-lawsuit-declaration-playas-1235336608/ Taylor Swift tells the ‘Shake It Up’ judge she never heard the ‘Playas’ song

Charles Jones

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