Ed Sheeran faces trial for ongoing accusations of plagiarism.
It certainly does feel like a distant memory, but the case of Ed Sheeran and Marvin Gaye is still in development. The issue began in 2015 when numerous publications noted the glaring similarities between Sheeran’s 2014 hit-single “Thinking out Loud” and Gaye’s 1973 classic “Let’s Get it On”. A lawsuit followed, which saw the English singer-songwriter defending the authenticity of his chart-topping song; now the most popular song to play at weddings.
Kathryn Townsend Griffin – an heir of co-writer Ed Townsend who claims partial copyright – sued the popular artist back in June, but reportedly Sheeran’s objections to the accusation have done little to settle the debate. Despite initial judgement, he is due to face a US judge in New York trial, as there have been numerous instances of evidence which indicate an awareness of the strong similarity between the two hit-songs.
Although the young musician wished to avoid trial, it seems that there is no escaping the matter at hand. Sheeran’s song “Thinking out Loud” featured on his second studio-album X in 2015. It was the third single from the record and went on to stimulate his unbelievable success. It has been viewed on YouTube a record 2.6 billion times, and after its release, it spent a groundbreaking full year on the UK top 40. The song is a surefire phenomenon, and many fans of the artist feel let down by this recurring controversy.