The 25-year-old Sheeran has quickly become an international superstar through “Thinking Out Loud,” a ballad that has turned into a wedding favorite. The song was the first to reach 500 million streams on Spotify and Sheeran’s album “X” is one of the top-selling British albums so far this century.
But Ed Sheeran has been hit with a copyright suit over his mega-hit “Thinking Out Loud,” with a songwriter’s heirs saying he stole from Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On.” “The melodic, harmonic and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition from ‘Let’s,'” said the lawsuit filed Tuesday in a US federal court in New York. Sheeran, did not immediately respond to the lawsuit that was sued personally along with his affiliated labels and publishers
The lawsuit comes amid a flurry of infringement suits in the music world, including a landmark verdict last year in favor of Gaye’s heirs who sued over separate songs. While the lawsuit did not specify further, a video on YouTube of a 2014 concert in Zurich shows Sheeran performing “Thinking Out Loud” on his guitar and transitioning to “Let’s Get It On.” The plaintiffs said that the British songwriter has ignored their warnings and explicitly referenced “Let’s Get It On” in concert.