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Judge Rules Marvin Gaye Plagiarism Case Against Ed Sheeran Is Valid

A jury will now have to decide whether Sheeran owes the Gaye estate money. 

The lawsuit in which Ed Sheeran has been accused of plagiarizing a classic Marvin Gaye song is moving forward. A U.S. district judge reportedly determined that there was enough substantial evidence in the case to send it to a jury for further evaluataion, Reuters reports.

Sheeran has been accused of reworking Marvin Gaye's classic 1973 hit "Let's Get It On," for his 2014 single "Thinking Out Loud." The judge reportedly determined that there  was "substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements." The judge also suggested that jurors "may be impressed by footage of a Sheeran performance which shows him seamlessly transitioning between [both songs]."

A jury will now have to determine whether Sheeran owes the Gaye estate and co-writer Ed Townsend (who initially filed the lawsuit) money. Townsend originally sued the pop singer for $100 million. A third-party estate who owns a percentage of Townsend's estate is also suing Sheeran for copyright infringement.

Ed Sheeran's ongoing case comes shortly after the Gaye estate scored another victory against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their 2013 single "Blurred Lines." A judge ruled that there were substantial similarities between the duo's single and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Thicke and Pharrell were both ordered to pay over $5 million in damages to the estate.

This wouldn't be Sheeran's first rodeo however. The singer previously settled a copyright infringement lawsuit over his 2014 song "Photograph." He also had to credit TLC's writers on his song "Shape of You," which reportedly sampled the trio's hit "No Scrubs."

It's unclear when this case will officially go to court. Check out the similarities between Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" below.

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Diddy Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit With Former Chef

Diddy has reportedly reached a settlement with his former personal chef in a sexual misconduct lawsuit that was filed in 2017, NBC Los Angeles reports.

The settlement stems from a lawsuit Cindy Rueda filed nearly two years ago. Rueda was reportedly Diddy's personal chef from Apr. 2015 to May 2016. She accused the Bad Boy mogul of sexual harassment and unfair wages. She claimed that she never received additional pay for extra work hours during her time of employment.

Additionally, she alleged that Diddy requested that Rueda serve breakfast to him and a guest in his bedroom. During those incidents, she said she was forced to see "Mr. Combs and his guest indisposed and engaged in sexual activity." Upon entering, she alleged that he would then yell and curse at her.

In Aug. 2017, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge sent Rueda's case to mediation outside of the court due to the terms of an agreement she previously signed as an employee for Diddy.

The terms or value of the settlement has not been disclosed at this time.

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Ari Lennox And J. Cole Team Up For "Shea Butter Baby" Video

Dreamville's Ari Lennox and J. Cole have united for a new music video, and the end result is exquisite. The duo released the visuals for their collaboration "Shea Butter Baby" on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

The Bennett Johnson-directed video depicts the ups and downs of a relationship between Ari and her partner. Cole also appears around the halfway mark of the video as he spits his verse while standing in a vacant space with Lennox.

"Shea Butter Baby" appears on Mike Will Made-It's soundtrack album for Creed II. It's the third single to receive video treatment, following "Runnin'" (with with Eearz, Schoolboy Q and2 Chainz) and "Kill 'Em With Success" (with ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg and Nicki Minaj).

The new video follows a string of releases from both Ari and Cole in the past year. J. Cole recently dropped his single "Middle Child," which he performed during the 2019 All-Star Game. Ari also released a series of tracks that are expected to appear on her upcoming album.

Check out the visuals for "She Butter Baby" in the video above.

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Eminem Continues To Fire Shots At MGK During Australia Concert

It looks like Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly's beef is still going strong. During Eminem's latest concert in Australia, the rapper called MGK a "c*cksucker."

It all started when Em's fans began chanting for him to play his 2018 diss record, "Killshot." Instead of performing the track however, the Detroit native said: "I would but I don't want to give that cocksucker any more fucking light."

"Make some noise for your f**kin' selves and make nothing for MGK," he added before continuing with his set.

Em's latest comments come months after his feud with MGK exploded in 2018. The beef ignited after Em addressed Machine Gun on his Kamikaze album, which prompted the Houston artist to return with "Rap Devil." Fans thought the beef had died down, but was later resurged with Eminem's "Killshot."

Check out Eminem's latest diss in the video below.

 

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“I would, but I can’t give that c**ksucker anymore light” 😂

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