Grammy award-winning superstar has been sued for 100 million dollars for allegedly copying the Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic, “Let’s Get It On.”
The English singer’s hit song that is under fire, “Thinking Out Loud” was nominated for three Grammys in 2015 and won one of them for Song of the Year.
Ed Sheeran’s song shares just about everything with Gaye’s, from melody to percussion and even aspects that the more casual music listener might not even consider, like syncopation, according to the lawsuit.
Structured Asset Sales, the company responsible for suing Sheeran, bought a third of the rights to “Let’s Get It On” in 2003 when one of the writers of the song, Edward Townsend, died. While the family of Marvin Gaye has yet to sue, the daughter of Edward Townsend has already taken legal action against Sheeran earlier this month.
This isn’t the first time Sheeran has been sued for alleged plagiarism. In January, the 27-year-old was sued by the writers of a song called “Photograph” which was written for a contestant on the show “X Factor.” The lawsuit was for over $20 Million but the cased was dismissed when the two parties decided to settle out of court for an undisclosed amount.
While Sheeran’s 2014 “Thinking Out Loud,” which has more then two billion views on YouTube, doesn’t sound like a carbon copy of Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” there are certainly some similarities.