Ed Sheeran’s stroke of good luck has just come to an end. The singer is currently facing off against a lawsuit from Structured Asset Sales for supposedly ripping off the track, “Let’s Get It On” – one of Marvin Gaye’s most iconic songs.
In the suit filed in New York, Structured Asset Sales claims that Sheeran’s track, “Thinking Out Loud,” has the same melody, harmonies, drums, backing chorus, tempo, looping, rhythm, bassline, as well as syncopation, as “Let’s Get It On,” which came out in 1973.
Structured Asset Sales, who owns a part of the copyright to the song, was the organization to file the lawsuit. Currently, Sheeran hasn’t responded to the case and didn’t answer the request for a statement either.
Sheeran’s track, “Thinking Out Loud,” won a Grammy Award as well as Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. It is easily his most successful track to date, and currently has around 2.3 billion views on YouTube.
According to a report from TMZ, Structured Asset Sales has already filed a suit against Mr. Sheeran. They first brought their claim to a court and jury in 2016, the same year “Thinking Out Loud” was released.
Structured Asset Sales owns one-third of the copyright ever since Edward Townsend – who co-wrote the track along with Marvin Gaye – died in 2003. Either way, Ed may have to focus some of his energy to fight off this controversial issue.
Nevertheless, Plagiarism is a serious concern in the world of art, and notoriously difficult to prove. Another artist to recently face off against a plagiarism lawsuit is the legendary rock band, Led Zeppelin, who won the case regarding the iconic song, “Stairway To Heaven.”
The band supposedly stole the opening riff from the band, Taurus, whom they toured with in the late 1960’s. Taurus released the instrumental in 1968, just three years before Led Zeppelin published “Stairway To Heaven.”