English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran has been hit with a $100 million lawsuit by a company claiming he ripped off a Marvin Gaye classic song
The company called Structured Asset Sales filed the lawsuit, claiming Ed’s song, “Thinking Out Loud,” is a carbon copy of Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.”
In the lawsuit, it was claimed that Sheeran’s song has the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as “Let’s Get it On.”
According to a TMZ report, Gaye’s song was written by a guy named Edward Townsend and Gaye in 1973. Townsend died in 2003, and Structured Asset Sales bought one-third of the copyright. The claim is that just 1/3 of the song is worth $100 million.
Sheeran’s song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ which was a huge hit was nominated for a Grammy for Best Record, Best Performance and Song of the Year in 2016. His single and the album it’s on — “X” — sold more than 15 million copies and the song has been played on YouTube more than a billion times.
It was also reported that Sheeran has already been sued by Townsend’s heir, but it’s yet unknown if Gaye family might also sue.