Published: Sun, January 06, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Ed Sheeran heading to trial over 'Let's Get It On' lawsuit

Ed Sheeran heading to trial over 'Let's Get It On' lawsuit

The lawsuit was brought by the estate and heirs of late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let's Get It On with Gaye.

His defence team argues that Thinking Out Loud is characterised by "sombre, melancholic tones, addressing long-lasting romantic love", while Let's Get It On is a "sexual anthem".

Stanton added that Sheeran didn't exactly do himself a favour by performing a handy mashup of both songs in Zurich in 2014.

Jurors "may be impressed by footage of a Sheeran performance which shows him seamlessly transitioning", Stanton said, per BBC.

There it is, "Thinking out Loud" 've copied without the permission of a variety of elements of the Gaye song, among other things, rhythms, harmonies, background vocals and Tempo.

Sheeran has denied copying from Gaye.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Ed and Atlantic Records for a comment.

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The Gaye family's lawyer, Pat Frank, was thrilled with the judge's decision to press on with a trial, insisting his clients are looking forward to their day in court.

Yet Judge Stanton has deemed the similarities with "Let's Get It On" to be notable enough for a more thorough analysis.

In that case, a company called Structured Asset Sales, which owns a third of the Ed Townsend estate, is suing for $100 million.

Gaye was shot dead by his father in 1984, aged 44.

Also in 2017, the team behind TLC's 1999 single No Scrubs were given writing credits on Ed Sheeran's Shape of You.

Australian singer Jasmine Rae released When I Found You under her name in 2015, and it was the most played song on Australian country radio, according to the complaint filed in the US District Court in NY.

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