Ed Sheeran lawsuits are a lot like buses – you wait ages for one to come along and knock the singer off his Phil Collins-shaped perch and then two pretty much come along at once.
Back in June, the Ginger One was hit with a £13.8 million suit by two US musicians who claimed that Sheeran’s song Photograph was a little too similar to their own track Amazing. No, us neither.
Anyway, fast-forward a couple of months though and Sheeran is facing yet more legal action from the estate of the late Ed Townsend.
Filed by Helen McDonald along with Kathryn and Cherrigale Townsend, the federal lawsuit claims that the popular Sheeran hit Thinking Out Loud steals “the heart” of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, a song co-written by the late Townsend.
Progressions, rhythmic elements and even the melody are all cited as examples of the alleged plagiarism conducted by Sheeran who is named as one of the plaintiffs alongside Atlantic Records, Sony and Gingerbread records.
As part of the case, they are looking to stop sales of the track while also seeking substantial damages.
Gaye has previous, with the late singer’s estate previously emerging victorious after launching legal action against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
The family claimed the song Blurred Lines borrowed heavily from Got To Give It Up, with the jury awarding them $7.4 million in damages.
Thicke’s career has never recovered from that or that time he decided to dress up like Beetlejuice and let Miley Cyrus twerk all over him.
Sheeran should be very worried.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.