The family of Ed Townsend’s, the man who co-wrote Let’s Get It On, are asking for a jury to decide if they’re owed damages.
The court papers claim: ‘The Defendants copied the heart of Let’s and repeated it continuously throughout Thinking.
‘The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of Thinking are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of Let’s.’
If a jury does vote in favour of Townsend’s relatives, it could be a major blow for Sheeran. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is one of his biggest hits, with the track spending a full year in the UK Top 40, and has been streamed more than 1 billion times on YouTube. It’s also his first number 1 single and went on to top the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, The Netherlands, Slovakia and South Africa. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ also won a Grammy for Song Of The Year in 2014.
The lawyer representing Marvin Gaye’s estate told BBC Newsbeat that they were ‘aware’ of comparisons with the 1973 track.
Sheeran and his record label have yet to respond to the allegations.This the second lawsuit the singer/songwriter is facing. Sheeran is already being sued for $20m (£13.8m) by two US musicians who claim his single Photograph copied their song Amazing.