Ed Sheeran Sued For $100 Million Over Supposed Song Similarity

29 Juin, 2018, 02:24 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

The suit, which was filed by Structured Asset Sales, which owns a third of the rights to Let's Get It On, alleges Sheeran used identical elements of Gaye's song, including its melody, bass line, harmonies and more.

Ed Sheeran's Grammy-winning hit love song "Thinking Out Loud" qualified for Diamond status last year when it achieved sales and streams exceeding 10 million, becoming just the 15th song ever to surpass that mark since the certification was created 20 years ago. That request to intervene in that case was turned down on June 11, 2018. In January, Sheeran was sued by the writers of a song called "Photograph" which was written for a contestant on the show "X Factor".

SAS purchased its share of Townsend's song catalog from his son Clef Michael Townsend, who inherited an unknown portion of the catalog after his father's death in 2003.

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Sheeran has already been sued over the song by Townsend's biological daughter and he is now attempting to get her case dismissed, insisting any perceived similarities between the two tracks are coincidental, noting the chord progressions and drum patterns used are "extremely commonplace" in the music industry.

Atlantic Records and an attorney for Sheeran declined to comment on the case. It was unclear at press time whether Gaye's family will sue as well.

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