Ed Sheeran has reportedly been hit with a $100mÂ (ÂŁ76.5m) lawsuit for allegedly using many of the musical components in Marvin Gayeâ€™s â€śLetâ€™s Get It Onâ€ť for his 2014 hit, â€śThinking Out Loudâ€ť.Â
A lawsuit filed in the Second USÂ Circuit Court of Appeals in New York claimsÂ the “Shape of You” singerÂ copied Gayeâ€™s â€śmelody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and loopingâ€ť for the single that appeared on his album X, according to gossip website TMZ.Â Â
â€śThinking Out Loudâ€ť reached No 1 in the UK chart and No 2 on the USÂ Billboard Hot 100,Â while the album has sold over 15m copies.Â
The lawsuit was filed by Structured Asset Sales, which owns part of the copyright for the song Gaye released in 1973, the website claims.Â Â
Another lawsuit was filed in 2016 against Sheeranâ€™s â€śThinking Out Loudâ€ś by the daughter of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote â€śLetâ€™s Get It Onâ€ť with Gaye.
Sheeran claimed she had no right to file the suit according to California state law, however, since she was the biological daughter to Mr Townsend but adopted by another family at birth.Â
He was also sued earlier this year by songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden, who claimed he copied one of their melodies for the 2017 single he wrote for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, â€śThe Rest of Our Life.â€ť
SheeranÂ has since filed paperworkÂ denying those allegations andÂ describing the song he wrote as â€śan originally and independently created musical composition.â€ť
In 2014, Sheeran was sued by two songwriters over copyright infringement for allegedly using identical notes in his single â€śPhotographâ€ť from a song they wrote in 2009 entitled â€śAmazing.â€ť
The musicians reached an out of court agreement, of which any specific payments remain unknown.Â
Sheeran has described previous allegations that he copied Mr Gayeâ€™s hit as â€śbaseless,â€ť claiming the cord progressions in both songs are â€śextremely commonplace.â€ť The singer has not yet responded to the latest lawsuit against him.
The IndependentÂ has contacted Ed Sheeran’s representatives for comment.Â Â