Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is in hot water again for the same track. His song Thinking Out Loud may have won the number one spot on multiple charts worldwide, but it hasn’t won the favor of a few people in the music business. This is the second time a lawsuit has been brought against Sheeran for the track. Both suits claimed that “the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping” are lifted from Marvin Gaye’s 1973 classic Let’s Get It On.’
The first claim was filed by the heirs of Edward Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Gaye. Townsend passes away in 2003, and his heirs certainly thought that there was some unfinished business between them and Sheeran. The first suit was filed in 2016 and it is unclear whether the case has been resolved.
This new case comes from a company called Structured Assets Sales. SAS owns one-third of the rights to Gaye’s song. Other defendants listed in the new claim include Amy Wadge, who co-wrote the song with Sheeran, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Atlantic records, Sheeran’s label.
Here is the song in question:
While here is the Marvin Gaye song cited in the cases: