Ed Sheeran sued for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get it On'

Thinking Out Loud is one of Sheeran's most popular songs, and it won him a pair of Grammys - song of the year and best pop solo performance - in 2016.

It's hard out here for artists just trying to be heartfelt and whimsical.

The ginger troubadour was first sued over the hit song a year ago by the heirs of Edward Townsend, Jr., a co-writer of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On", which they claim "Thinking Out Loud" cribs from enough to warrant a lawsuit.

The British singer was also sued by Townsend's family in 2016. However, that suit was dismissed by a judge in 2017.

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Ed Sheeran is facing a new US$100 million lawsuit over similarities between his hit Thinking Out Loud and Marvin Gaye's Let's Get it On. Townsend died in 2003, and Structured Asset Sales bought one-third of the copyright. They claimed it was copied "note-for-note" from a song they wrote for X-Factor victor Matt Cardle.

The 1973 song was written by Gaye and Edward Townsend.

ET has reached out to Sheeran for comment. He reportedly claimed that the chord progressions and drum patterns of both songs are "extremely commonplace", and that similar elements in "Let's Get It On" are in the public domain and unprotectable.

It's not the first suit filed against a modern hit accused of copying a song by Gaye: Robin Thicke and Pharrell's song "Blurred Lines" was the subject of another lawsuit, over its supposed similarity to Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up".

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