Ed Sheeran has been hit with a copyright suit over similarities between his 2014 hit-song “Thinking Out Loud,” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
The family of “Let’s Get It On” co-writer, Ed Townsend, is suing the British singer, 25, with TMZ reporting they have accused Sheeran of stealing the melody, harmony and rhythm composition of the 1973 hit.
"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 on August 8 in a US federal court in New York.
The plaintiffs said that the songwriter, who was the first artist to reach 500 million streams on Spotify with the song, has ignored their warnings and explicitly referenced "Let's Get It On" in concert.
It’s not the first time Sheeran has had to deal with legal troubles over his music, with the singer also being sued over his song “Photograph” in June.
Songwriters Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard filed a lawsuit, alleging that Sheeran's song sounded similar to one they wrote for a onetime winner of The X Factor that was released by British singer Matt Cardle in 2012.
Harrington and Leonard sought a jury trial and damages in excess of $20 million, as well as royalties.
Meanwhile, A jury in Los Angeles last year awarded $7 million to Gaye's family after agreeing that "Blurred Lines," Robin Thicke's hit written with Pharrell Williams, copied from the soul icon's 1977 "Got to Give It Up."
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