Taylor Swift Claims She’s Never Heard of 3LW

“My parents limited what I could watch and listen to, and did not permit me to watch TRL until I was about 13 years old,” Swift stated.

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The writers of “Playas Gon’ Play,” a 2000 track by the group 3LW, filed a copyright lawsuit in 2017 against Taylor Swift, claiming that she plagiarized their lyrics for her 2014 song, “Shake It Off.” Swift responded by saying she's never heard of 3LW.

“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,” Swift stated in a declaration responding to the lawsuit. “The first time I ever heard the song was after this claim was made.”

Swift was born in 1989, so at first it might seem impossible to believe she never heard 3LW in her youth — but the singer went on to claim in the declaration that her parents were strict about what music and TV she could watch growing up.

“I did not watch the MTV show TRL, and I did not go to clubs during this time. The only concerts I went to were for country and folk rock singers, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Gilman and Melissa Etheridge,” Swift stated. “My parents limited what I could watch and listen to, and did not permit me to watch TRL until I was about 13 years old.”

Swift further stated that phrases like “players gonna play” were common slang to her growing up, and that she wrote “Shake It Off” specifically to address her public reputation at the time and “express the idea that one can or should shrug off negativity.”

With all that said, folks ... whose side are you on?