Ed Sheeran Sued For Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye Song


Ed Sheeran

R&B legend Marvin Gaye never manages to fall out of relevancy due to hits like ‘Let’s Get It On’ and ‘Heard It Through The Grapevine‘ still being huge parts of pop culture. Gaye’s music is in fact so relevant that once again accusations of plagiarism have resurfaced as Gaye’s music is at the centre of another lawsuit. This time the lucky defendant is none other than our very own Ed Sheeran. Ed is being sued for $20 million by songwriter Ed Townsend.

Songwriter Ed Townsend who co-wrote Gaye’sLet’s Get It On‘ filed an infringement lawsuit which alleges:

“The defendants copied the ‘heart’ of ‘Let’s (get it on)’ and repeated it continuously throughout Thinking (out loud). The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of Thinking are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s”

Sheeran’sThinking Out Loud‘ spent an entire year in the UK top 40, streamed a billion times and won a Grammy for ‘Song Of The Year’.

Sheeran is also being sued by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard over their song ‘Amazing‘, which they state Sheeran’sPhotograph‘ copies ‘note for note’. Interestingly enough lawyer Richard Busch who is representing Harrington and Leonard, was the same lawyer who won the ‘Blurred Lines‘ lawsuit of the Gaye family who successfully sued Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for $7.4 million last year.

Here are the two songs:


We definitely hear some similarities, what do you think? Let us know.