Ed Sheeran Is Being Sued For Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’
Ed Sheeran is now the latest member of the music industry being sued by something directly related to Marvin Gaye.
The British singer has recently been slammed with a lawsuit for his hit song “Thinking Out Loud,” which allegedly copies some essential elements of Gaye’s classic, “Let’s Get It On.” Sheeran’s song reached new heights as it is the first song ever to reach 500 million streams on Spotify, and it won song of the year at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Turns out, the heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the song back in 1973 and created its musical components, are suing Sheeran for copyright infringement. The lawsuit claims that the British singer duplicated the “heart” of “Let’s Get It On.”
“The Defendants copied the ‘heart’ of ‘Let’s’ and repeated it continuously throughout ‘Thinking,'” the lawsuit reads, according to Reuters. “The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s.’”
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York, and asks for the damages to be examined at a jury trial. According to TIME, the British crooner is also being sued for his song “Photograph,” which songwriters Martin Herrington and Thomas Leonard claim the song is literally the same as their 2009 “Amazing” song.
It’s worth noting that last March, Marvin Gaye’s family was awarded $7.4 million dollars after a jury ruled that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke imitated Gaye on their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”
Further details for this story are still pending.