Taylor Swift, singer and Machiavellian capitalist , faces a $42 million lawsuit from a small-time R&B singer, who claims the mind-numbingly catchy "Shake It Off" was ripped from one of his original tunes.
Jesse Braham (whose stage name is Jesse Graham) penned the track "Haters Gonna Hate," which features the chorus, "Haters gonna hate, players gonna play. Watch out for them fakers, they'll fake you every day."
Incidentally, Swift's hook (which was branded into your psyche with a steaming iron) contains similar words, "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, and the players gonna play, play, play, play..."
Aside from that questionable coincidence, the songs bear no other similarities.
Braham is demanding not only financial compensation, but he wants his name listed as a writer for the song; he's adamant that Ms. Swift couldn't have possibly dreamed up such complex lyrics on her own.
While the Swift machine has yet to comment, we're not sure it's necessary.
The 50-year-old musician ALSO sued CNN, claiming the network stole the name for their show "New Day" from his self-run organization New Day Worldwide.
While we're sure this suit will be resting comfortably in the afterlife very shortly, we're actually v. into one of Jesse's sultry ballads, "Mr. Mailman," featured below.