“The lyrics… were entirely written by me”: Taylor Swift’s Biggest Controversy Wasn’t Eras Tour Scandal or Private Jet Use – Her Greatest Song Stabbed Her in the Back

'Shake It Off' lawsuit and Eras Tour Ticket Sale Controversy are two of the greatest controversies of Taylor Swift's glorious career.

"The lyrics... were entirely written by me": Taylor Swift's Biggest Controversy Wasn't Eras Tour Scandal or Private Jet Use - Her Greatest Song Stabbed Her in the Back


  • 'Shake It Off' lawsuit was arguably one of the biggest controversies of Taylor Swift's career.
  • A pair of songwriters filed a lawsuit against the singer for copyright infringement.
  • The trail eventually ended with a settlement after five years.
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Popularity is always riddled with controversies and they are almost synonymous when it comes to celebrities. Taylor Swift is one of the most popular stars of recent times influencing millions of fans across the globe but she has also been riddled with several controversies.

Taylor Swift in Shake It Off Music Video
Taylor Swift in Shake It Off Music Video.

Swift has found herself amidst controversies on several occasions including ‘Anti-Hero’ Music Video controversies and several others. However, the Shake It Off Lawsuit hit the singer hardest.

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Taylor Swift’s Faced Lawsuit For Shake It Off

Taylor Swift in Shake It Off Music Video
Taylor Swift in Shake It Off Music Video

Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off is one of the most popular songs the pop singer ever produced with 3.3 billion views on YouTube. The song was a mass it and received several accolades. However, the song met with certain criticism as well but following the release of the song, the songwriters who wrote 3LW’s Playas Gon’ Play, filed a copyright lawsuit against Swift.

The 3LW song was released in 2001 and featured somewhat similar lyrics to what Swift wrote in the song later. The claim was filed in 2017, Swift asked the court to dismiss the case but a federal judge ruled that she must face the trial. The singer argued:

“The lyrics to ‘Shake It Off’ were written entirely by me. Until learning about Plaintiffs’ claim in 2017, I had never heard the song ‘Playas Gon’ Play’ and had never heard of that song or the group 3LW,” (via US Magazine).

Following her trial, several outlets grabbed the headlines dedicating pages to the discussion of the trial while it was also a huge subject of debate among fans. After five years the lawsuit was dropped as songwriters Nathan Butler and Sean Hall and Swift have reportedly reached an agreement.


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Eras Tour Ticket Sale Controversy

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift. Credit: Eva Rinaldi.

Swift has walked through a long road of controversies including her private jet use controversy that by default, was a huge blow to the environment with an enormous amount of CO2 emissions. Following the private jet use backlash, the singer has found herself amidst yet another controversy in November 2022 ahead of her Eras Tour.

On her first stadium tour in four years, Swift faced yet another backlash for the anomalies in ticket sales. Fans were waiting for hours despite getting verified access with no guarantees of collecting the tickets.


Later, the company stated on X that “due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory to meet that demand,” (via US Magazine). Still, the backlash was on the rise. Swift later took to Instagram Story as she released a statement with an apology.

“There are a multitude of reasons why people had such a hard time trying to get tickets and I’m trying to figure out how this situation can be improved moving forward. I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could. It’s truly amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that a lot of them feel like they went through several bear attacks to get them,” the pop star wrote on Instagram (via US Magazine).

And to those “who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is that my hope is to provide more opportunities for us to all get together and sing these songs,” she continued. “Thank you for wanting to be there. You have no idea how much that means,” she added.

Swift is now focused on music but no one can predict that she will be devoid of any controversies in the future.


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