Ed Sheeran Sued: ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Plagiarized?

Ed Sheeran Sued: ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Plagiarized?
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The biggest hit of Ed Sheeran’s life might be a rip-off? The singer is being sued for plagiarizing “Thinking Out Loud” from Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”


While Ed Sheeran might be living the high life after winning the “Song Of The Year” in the Grammy awards last year, for his hit “Thinking Out Loud,” he might have earned it by ripping off someone else’s original tune.

A singer called Marvin Gaye has filed a lawsuit against the English singer claiming that he has plagiarized his famous hit “Thinking Out Loud” from Gaye’s song “Let’s Get It On.”

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Even though the lyrics of both these songs are poles apart, Marvin has claimed that Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” has stolen the “heart” of his song, something that can clearly be heard in the number one hit of his career, reports Page Six.

“Thinking Out Loud” is the greatest hit of Sheeran’s career and was the first hit single to ever retain its spot in UK Top 40 for a year. It also has collected more than a billion views on YouTube and topped music charts around the world.

Having made a fortune on this hit, if it was to be proven that Sheeran had ripped off the song from Marvin Gaye, the former could end up having to settle for millions.

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It has not been reported if Marvin Gaye is willing to settle out of court or not, as Ed Sheeran’s legal team has not released any official statement on this matter.

According to the lawsuit, “The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of Thinking are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of ‘Let’s’,” reports Reuters.

This is not the first time that Marvin Gaye has brought plagiarism claims on a famous musician. Gaye has already made a whopping 7.4 million after he sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for ripping off their single “Blurred Lines” from one of his songs, reports Guardian.

Judge for yourselves if Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” sounds like Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” by listening to the latter below:


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