Ed Sheeran is currently being sued for $100 million. The suit claims that there are definite similarities between his hit song ” Thinking Out Loud” and the classic hit from Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On.”
Reports from TMZ say that the claim states that Sheeran’s song and Gaye’s both have the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation, and looping. The suit comes from Structured Asset Sales. The company bought one-third of Gaye song’s copyright after the song’s co-writer Edward Townsend’s death.
In 2016, heirs to Townsend went on to file their own suit against Sheeran over for the same reason.
When it comes to popular music and money, these lawsuits tend to come about frequently. However, there isn’t always enough similarities between songs to reward those suing. When it comes to these two specific songs, though there are some similarities in the instrumentals, the concern comes from possible chord progression.
Ed Sheeran In Court Again Over Copyright Infringement
According to the Popular Musicology website, the suit is ridiculous. In a deep-dive comparative essay, they speak on how a lot of musicians use the same building blocks for songs. However, that does not mean that the songs are in fact copies of each other.
This is not the first incident of copyright infringement over one of Marvin Gaye’s songs. Back in 2015, Gaye’s estate became 7.3 million dollars richer after winning a suit against Robin Thick and Pharrell’s song “Blurred Lines.” The suit claims that their song was a rip off from “Got to Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye. As of yet, there has been no response from representatives of Ed Sheeran.
In 2014 Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” was able to peak at No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After selling over 10 million copies, the RIAA was able to certify it a “diamond” record. “Let’s Get It On” was able to reach platinum status after toppling the Billboard chart in 1973.