Ed Sheeran Sued for $100 Million Over “Thinking Out Loud” Plagiarism Claims
Ed Sheeran‘s hit song “Thinking Out Loud” won him Grammy for Song Of The Year in 2016, but it also might cost him $100 million.
Back in 2016, the British singer was sued by the family of Ed Townsend, the co-writer of Marvin Gaye‘s “Let’s Get It On,” for allegedly copying the melody, harmony and rhythmic components in “TOL.” His legal troubles are far from over, as he was recently hit with another lawsuit, this time from a company that owns part of the copyright to the R&B classic.
Structured Asset Sales claims, according to TMZ, that Ed’s tune has the “same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as ‘Let’s Get it On.'” The company is asking for $100 million in damages, as it says that’s what 1/3 of the OG song is worth.
Ed hasn’t responded to the most recent lawsuit, but he did call BS on the original suit from the Townsend family.
He said, in a counterclaim, that the songs sound similar because the chord progressions and drum patterns are “extremely commonplace” and lots of artists use them to make music. Check out both hits below and see if you can hear the similarities: