The Marvin Gaye Estate Is Suing Ed Sheeran For His Song “Thinking Out Loud”

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The Marvin Gaye estate claims Ed Sheeran’s song “Thinking Out Loud” shares a likeness to Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” and they want compensation.

It wasn’t enough Gaye’s estate won $7 million in damages against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, who believed their song “Blurred Lines” was a rip-off of Gaye’s 1977 single “Got To Give It Up.” Now they’re after Ed Sheeran, alleging he ripped off the melody, harmony, and rhythm composition from “Let’s Get It On” for “Thinking Out Loud.” Gaye co-wrote the song along with Ed Townsend, both of whom are dead, and now the owners of Townsend’s estate are coming after Sheeran.

Compare both songs below:




Last month, Sheeran was hit with a similar suit. Two songwriters, Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, along with their publishing company HaloSongs, claim Sheeran’s “Photograph” is a “verbatim, note-for-note” copy of “Amazing,” which was released by 2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle.

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