Ed Sheeran is facing a $100 million lawsuit alleging that the singer-songwriter plagiarized Marvin Gaye‘s 1973 bedroom classic, “Let’s Get It On,” with his 2014 hit song “Thinking Out Loud,” TMZ reports.
The suit was filed by Structured Asset Sales, a company that owns one-third of the copyright to “Let’s Get It On,” and according to the lawsuit, Sheeran’s song incorporates the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as “Let’s Get it On.”
Marvin Gaye’s song was written by Edward Townsend and Gaye in 1973, and when Townsend passed away in 2003, Structured Asset Sales bought one third of the copyright. Sheeran’s song went on to become a huge hit in 2016 and nominated for a Grammy for Best Record, Best Performance and Song of the Year.
Additionally, Sheeran was also sued over “Thinking Out Loud” in 2016. The family of Ed Townsend argued that “Thinking Out Loud” lifted the melody and other rhythmic components from Gaye’s track. Sheeran responded and claimed that the chord progressions and drum patterns of both songs are “extremely commonplace,” and that elements in “Let’s Get It On” are in the public domain and unprotectable.
For the full story, head on over to TMZ. Also, you can listen to both tracks below and judge for yourself.
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