A company called Structured Asset Sales has filed a U.S. $100 million lawsuit against the singer, claiming that his his 2014 song "Thinking Out Loud" is a blatant rip off of Marvin Gaye's 1973 classic 'Let's Get It On'.
Ed Sheeran and Marvin Gaye.
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.
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.
The lawsuit was filed by a company owned by David Pullman, an investment banker who in 1997 arranged the pioneering $55 million sale of "Bowie Bonds", which made David Bowie the first musician to sell bonds backed by royalties from his catalog.
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Other defendants include Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the Atlantic record label.
A similar claim against Sheeran was filed in 2016 by heirs of "Let's Get it On" co-writer Edward Townsend, who penned the tune with Gaye.
Sheeran's representatives have not responded to a request for comment from Business Insider on the latest suit. Townsend died in 2003, and Structured Asset Sales bought one-third of the copyright.
There is no word if the Gaye family will be joining the suit or filing a separate suit.
While many cases are settled or dismissed, Pullman said artists should not wait until after their songs become hits to get necessary permissions.