When it comes to making music, artists are rightfully expected to create new, unique music for their fans. Many artists take influence from singers past, crediting their sound and inspiration to those that have gone before them.
However, artists sometimes find themselves in situations where their music sounds a little too similar to another artists’— and Ed Sheeran is now on the list.
According to reports from TMZ, Sheeran is being sued for allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye’s hit song, “Let’s Get It On” for his own hit song, “Thinking Out Loud.” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Performance, Best Record and Song of the Year back in 2016— and it sold more than 15 million copies.
Sheeran was first presented with a lawsuit in 2016 from the family of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On,” saying that Sheeran had lifted the melody, harmony, and “rhythmic components” from the hit.
Later, Structured Asset Sales purchased a third of the copyright to “Let’s Get It On,” and they are now seeking $100 million in damages.
If you give both songs a listen, you can definitely hear some simliarities— but as many Twitter users have pointed out, it doesn’t seem to be a complete rip off of it.
Here’s Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”
And here’s Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”