Ed Sheeran, the folk-pop superstar, is being sued for $100 million (£76.4 million) over claims that one of the artist’s hit songs rips off some elements of one of the classics of Marvin Gaye.
The legal documents that were filed in the United States of America claim that Thinking Out Loud, the chart-topping song of Sheeran, copies some parts of Let’s Get it On, the 1973 song of Marvin Gaye.
Structured Asset Sales partly owns the copyright to the said song of Marvin Gaye. It serves as the claimant of the case. It claims that Sheeran took some elements of “the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, temp, syncopation and looping” from Gaye’s Let’s Get It On.
The world-famous singer has already faced a lawsuit over the song from the family of Ed Townsend, the co-writer of Let’s Get it On, Townsend worked with Gaye for the song.
Last year, he also settled a separate $20 million claim over Photograph, one of his songs, as a pair of musicians was able to successfully claim that the song borrowed from their tune Amazing.
The said lawsuit comes after a series of similar cases in the music industry over the past couple of years.
In 2015, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke paid $7.4 million to the family of Marvin Gaye after a judge ruled their track Blurred Lines as being too close to the hit of the soul singer that is entitled as Got To Give It Up.
Earlier this year, Radiohead, a British band, accused Lana Del Rey, a singer, of nicking parts of Creep, one of their songs, on a track that is included on her latest album that is called Get Free.