Did Ed Sheeran take the sounds from Marvin Gaye’s 1982 hit “Let’s Get It On” and put them in his smash tune “Thinking Out Loud”?
According to Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the song, Sheeran did. He is also accusing the 25-year-old songwriter of using many of the same ideas, in terms of melody, harmony and the overall feel.
“The defendants copied the heart of ‘Let’s’ and repeated it continuously throughout ‘Thinking,’” court documents read. “The melodic, harmonic and rhythmic compositions of ‘Thinking’ are substantially and, or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s.’”
This is the second suit the talented British singer is facing in just two months. He was last accused of using portions of the Matt Cardle tune “Amazing” for his 2015 cut “Photograph.”
In regards to “Thinking Out Loud,” the romantic tune became the biggest hit of Sheeran’s career, scoring the No. 2 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. In addition, it reached the No. 1 position on the UK Singles Chart after spending a year in the Top 40.
As far as “Let’s Get It On,” the steamy cut reached the No.1 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in 1982 and No 4. on the UK Singles chart. It also did extremely well in other countries like New Zealand and the Netherlands soon after its release.
At this time, Sheeran’s label hasn’t released a statement about the suit, nor has the singer commented on Twitter or Instagram since he quit using social media awhile back.
“Hello all,” he wrote on Instagram about two months ago. “I’m taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while … I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes.”
Will Sheeran suffer the same fate as Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, who were ordered by a judge to pay $7.4 million to Gaye’s children for supposedly copying his song “Got To Give It Up?” with 2013’s “Blurred Lines”? Right now it’s hard to tell, but in the meantime, listen to both “Thinking Out Loud” and “Sexual Healing” to see if they sound the same to you or not.