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Taylor Swift hit with $42 million lawsuit over "Shake it Off"

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Taylor Swift at her recent sold-out show in Atlanta. Photo: Robb D. Cohen /

Jesse Braham, who goes by Jesse Graham professionally, says his 2013 song "Haters Gone Hate" inspired the hit "Shake it Off."

Here's his song:

And here's Taylor's:

Although the songs are very different Graham told the New York Daily News that his laid the foundation for hers.

What do you think?

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