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Whisky Drinking Taylor Swift Surprises Fans in Nashville

In recent years, Taylor Swift has seemed to be much more Pop Diva than Country Songstress. Which made it even more surprising for Nashville music fans who were treated to an intimate performance by the crossover star earlier this week. Swift dropped by Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe during a set by songwriter Craig Wiseman, gracing the audience with a three-song set including an acoustic version of her pop hit “Shake it Off.” The rest of the set consisted of “Love Song” a hit from her Country days and “Better Man” a hit she penned for the band Little Big Town.
The unexpected visit, which is thought to have been filmed for an upcoming documentary celebrating the Bluebird Cafe, left fans wondering if Swift may be planning a return to her country roots. While this remains to be seen, the appearance did give Taylor time to reminisce with Wiseman about her early days playing at the Bluebird and the two musicians hanging out backstage at the CMT awards drinking whisky. She then gave the crowd a demonstration, taking a shot of Fireball before saying her goodbye. Videos of the performance and a run-down of the set can be seen here.
For fans hoping this will lead to a Taylor Swift cafe tour, I wouldn’t hold your breath. However, they can take comfort in knowing that after all the highly produced stadium shows, Taylor can still fit right in behind an acoustic guitar in a small venue in Nashville.

“Haters” May Hate But Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift Lawsuit

A US judge ruling on a lawsuit against Taylor Swift decided to “Shake It Off,” and dismiss the case. Swift was being sued by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler for similarities between their 2001 minor hit “Playas Gon’ Play” written for girl group 3LW and Swift’s 2014 mega hit “Shake It Off.” While the song “Playas Gon’ Play” experienced mediocre success, both songwriters have had notable careers individually, working with talent such as Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Maroon 5, and Luther Vandross.

The issue at the case’s core was whether the lyrics “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were unique enough to warrant a copyright protection. Hall and Butler argued that the phrases were quintessential to the structure of their 2001 song and that Swift, in essence, had plagiarized their work.

The judge, Michael W. Fitzgerald, spoke strong words about the basis of the case, stating that Hall and Butler’s lyrics are “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act.” Fitzgerald argued that the phrases “playa” and “hater” were commonplace in culture prior to 2001 and did not originate with Hall and Butler. He also called the lyrics “banal,” claiming that “actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative” and could be compared to “runners gonna run” or “drummers gonna drum.” Hall and Butler were unhappy with decision. Their lawyer, Gerard Fox, was displeased that the judge didn’t seek out a music expert to give an opinion on the lyrics’ originality. Meanwhile, Swift will continue prepping for her Reputation Stadium Tour, which is set to kick off May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.