Ed Sheeran is avoiding a potential copyright lawsuit by crediting TLC's "No Scrubs" songwriters on "Shape Of You."
After Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. lost their copyright lawsuit against the Marvin Gaye estate for "Blurred Lines," all bets are off. Songwriters are showering credit just to avoid any possible legal scandal and plagiarism allegations. Case and point? Ed Sheeran has added Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle, and producer Kevin Briggs, the songwriters/producers of TLC's "No Scrubs," as contributors of "Shape Of You." Music publishing website ASCAP lists all three names on their site. If you listen closely, "Shape" shares a likeness to the melody in "No Scrubs."
The news comes on the heels of the announcement Ed is set to receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2017 Hal David Starlight Award, which will be presented at the 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 15 in New York.
Last year, songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, along with their publishing company HaloSongs, filed a $20 million suit against Ed for alleging ripping off 2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle's song "Amazing" when his song "Photograph" took off. They claimed it was a "verbatim, note-for-note" copy. Looks like Ed wants to side-step that scenario entirely with "Shape."
Listen to the comparisons below (which even sparked a mashup from Sabrina Carpenter).
— Sabrina Carpenter (@SabrinaAnnLynn) January 23, 2017