January 9, 2019
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You would’ve thought that after the alleged plagiarism case against Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. for their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” that artists wouldn’t even try it with Marvin Gaye‘s music, but that’s clearly not the case. Singer Ed Sheeran is headed to court for a lawsuit accusing him of plagiarizing the Motown singer’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud.”
U.S. District Judge Louis Stanton said that a jury will decide whether Ed, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Atlantic Records will reportedly be liable to the estate and heirs of the late music producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the notable song with Gaye. Stanton claimed that there were “substantial similarities between the two works’ musical elements.” Take a listen below:
He also recalled that there is performance footage of the English songwriter “seamlessly transitioning between [the songs]” to further demonstrate why the originality of his song is in question. According to Ed’s defense team, “Thinking Out Loud” has “somber, melancholic tones, addressing long-lasting romantic love,” while “Let’s Get It On,” they said, is a “sexual anthem.”
The “Shape of You” singer’s case is set to go in front of a jury who will decide if he breached Gaye’s copyright protection.
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