Haters gonna hate, suers gonna sue: Can Taylor Swift shake off the bad news?

Taylor Swift performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Times Square in New York.
Taylor Swift performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Times Square in New York. PHOTO: AFP

The haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, and the suers gonna sue, sue, sue, sue, sue.

Between the lawsuits and the Twitter debate with Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift's year has been a bit of a handful. Can the pop superstar shake off all the bad news?

1. Swift versus Braham

The latest lawsuit against Swift was filed last week by R&B artist Jesse Braham, whose stage name is Jesse Graham. He alleges that the star stole the chorus of her 2014 hit Shake It Off from his 2013 song Haters Gone Hate. Both songs have lyrics about haters who hate and players who play.

Braham, who filed the suit after his request for a selfie with Swift was denied, said New York Daily News, might not have much of a case though.

On Urban Dictionary, the crowd-sourced slang website, entries for "Haters Gonna Hate" date as far back as 2010. And in 2011, R&B artists 3LW went there before Braham and Swift in their song Playas Gon' Play ("The playas gon' play/Them haters gonna hate/Them callers gonna call/Them ballers gonna ball").

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2. Swift versus Mueller

In September, former radio host David Mueller sued Swift, saying he was fired because of false accusations that he groped her at a photo session.

Her lawyers filed a counterclaim last week, reported New York Daily News. They say: "Mueller's newfound claim that he is the 'wrong guy' and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious. Ms Swift knows exactly who committed the assault - it was Mueller."

3. Swift versus Minaj

In a rare misstep in July, Swift entered an online discussion about racial bias on the wrong side.


Taylor Swift (left) and Nicki Minaj at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. PHOTO: AFP

After Minaj reacted to not being nominated for MTV's Video Of The Year Award, saying the industry favoured slimmer white women, Swift took the rapper's comments personally and accused her of pitting women against women.

Think pieces in The Guardian and other media outlets took Minaj's side, and Swift had to admit on Twitter: "I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki."

And to show how sorry she was, Swift performed with Minaj at the Video Music Awards, wearing a simple red costume that made her look like the rapper's backup dancer.

The media have since moved on to Minaj's feud with Miley Cyrus, who has called the rapper's discussion about race angry and impolite.