Ed Sheeran Sued Over Hit “Thinking Out Loud,” Similar To “Let’s Get It On”Published on August 10, 2016.
After being faced with a lawsuit over “Photograph,” Ed Sheeran is now in even more hot water for his music, this time for his 2014 hit “Thinking Out Loud.”
The 25-year-old singer is now being sued by the family of Ed Townsend, who was the co-writer of the classic Marvin Gaye song “Let’s Get It On” because, according to the family, Sheeran stole the melody, harmony, and rhythm composition of the 1973 hit. The lawsuit comes shortly after boyband Boyz II Men pointed out the similarities between the two songs during their 25th anniversary show in New Jersey. During the concert, the band started with a cover of “Let’s Get It On” and smoothly transitioned it into Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”
As of right now Sheeran has not responded to the reports of the lawsuit, but is still dealing with his previous lawsuit over “Photograph.”
In June of this year, songwriters Martin Harrington and Tom Leonard sued Sheeran, alleging that his song was similar to the one that they wrote for British singer Matt Cardle in 2012. The pair wanted a jury trial for the case and sued the pop star for damages in excess of $20 million, and asked for royalites as well. There has been no update on the case since.