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Did Ed Sheeran steal from Marvin Gaye? According to court documents, Sheeran has been hit a lawsuit alleging he lifted the melody, harmony and rhythm of “Let’s Get It On” for his song “Thinking Out Loud”.

SPIN columnist Andrew Unterberger pointed out the similarities in a March 2015 article saying the song’s “gently loping four-note bass pattern and crisp ’70s soul drums absolutely smack of the Gaye classic, as do the embrace-insistent lyrics and general candlelit-bedroom feel.”

Compare the two songs below.




The family of the late Ed Townsend, who co-wrote the 1973 song, is seeking unspecified damages.

Townsend’s family aren’t the only ones pointing out similarities between the songs. R&B group Boyz II Men have been performing a tongue-in-cheek mashup for a while now.


Even Ed has pointed it out!

What do you think?

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