Ed Sheeran has just been slapped with a plagiarism accusation for “Thinking Out Loud” a.k.a everyone’s love anthem.
The British singer-songwriter was accused of using key musical elements of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” in his monster hit, “Thinking Out Loud”.
The heirs of Ed Townsend, the composer of “Let’s Get It On” who also co-wrote the lyrics, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Ed in America.
The court papers states, “The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s’.”
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“Thinking Out Loud” was not only a chart-topper; it also bagged two Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, and its music video has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.
In a previous interview, Amy Wadge, whom Ed wrote the song with, claimed that the song was an “accident” and they wrote the song in just 20 minutes – all after Ed heard her play a tune on her guitar. (He composed it on a guitar given by Harry Styles, no less.)
Ed’s camp has yet to release a statement on the lawsuit. This is the second plagiarism accusation Ed has received in recent months. In June, he was sued $20 million for allegedly plagiarising Matt Cradle’s “Amazing” for his song, “Photograph”.
Both “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph” are tracks off his 2014 album, x.
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