Ed Sheeran SUES musician following ban on royalties for his £20million hit The Shape Of You… amid Marvin Gaye copyright battle.
Earlier this week, it was revealed this week that ESheeran was being sued for $100 million for ‘ripping off parts of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On for his hit Thinking Out Loud.’
However, a new report from The Sun suggests that the 27 yeat old pop star has filed a lawsuit against another musician Sam Chokri, this lawsuit comes after he lost royalties to his song The Shape Of You when the Chokri claimed the song ‘was a copy of his 2015 track Oh Why.’
Ed’s lawyers submitted a writ to London’s High Court on Saturday against Chokri, 25, and songwriter Ross O’Donoghue for ‘damaging [Sheeran] reputationally’ and hitting his ‘revenue streams.’
Sheeran’s 2017 hit single is said to have amassed over £20million thus far, however, the artist is said to have received no money – ever since May 10 after the Performing Rights Society put the song ‘into suspense.’
After Chokri and O’Donoghue submitted their report, the PRS which makes decisions on royalty payouts, blocked him from receiving royalties.
Sheeran’s lawyers are believed to be seeking confirmation from the court that the musician did not copy Chokri’s song, as well as compensation.
Ed Sheeran’s most recent lawsuit comes a few days after legal documents filed in New York claimed the Grammy-winning musician’s 2014 track Thinking Out Loud had been copied.
Marvin Gaye’s 1973 song “Let’s Get It On” was said to have been copied by Sheeran. In the report, the ‘melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping’ of Gaye’s classic 1973 song were said to be used in Sheeran’s track.
The claim of the track being a ‘carbon copy’ has been brought by a company called Structured Asset Sales (SAS), which owns part of the copyright of Let’s Get It On.
Thinking Out Loud has now become a wedding favourite with more than a billion plays on YouTube and the first song to hit 500 million streams on Spotify.