Ed Sheeran sued over Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On ‚copying‘ claims

It’s alleged the singer ripped off sections of the 1973 classic for his number one hit Thinking Out Loud.

Legal documents in the US allege it copies „the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping“.

Ed has already faced legal action over the same track – and has always denied the allegations.

This new claim has been filed by a company called Structured Asset Sales – which owns part of the copyright of Gaye’s song.

Gaye co-wrote the track alongside US singer Edward Townsend – who died in 2003.

Structured Asset Sales bought one-third of the copyright of the song.

The heirs of Mr Townsend sued Ed in 2016, also claiming Thinking Out Loud copied Let’s Get It On.

Other defendants listed in the new claim include Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Atlantic record label and Amy Wadge – who co-wrote the song.

Singer Robin Thicke appears to have referenced the lawsuit against Ed in a post on Twitter – asking the singer to „call me“.

In March 2015, a jury ruled that Blurred Lines – Robin’s single with Pharrell Williams – copied the Marvin Gaye track Got To Give It Up.

The family of the late soul singer was awarded $7.3m (£4.8m) in damages – which was later cut to $5.3m.

Robin and Pharell had denied copying the hit, and their lawyer said the ruling set a „horrible precedent“.

Last year, Ed settled a $20m (£13.8m) copyright infringement claim against him in the US over his hit song Photograph.

Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the singer – claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song, Amazing.

Newsbeat has contacted Ed’s representatives for a comment.

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Marvin Gaye

I’ve been really tryin‘, babyTryin‘ to hold back this feeling for so longAnd if you feel like I feel, babyThen, c’mon, oh, c’monLet’s get it onAh, baby, let’s get it onLet’s love, babyLet’s get it on, sugarLet’s get it onWe’re all sensitive peopleWith so much to giveUnderstand me, sugarSince we’ve got to be hereLet’s liveI love you

There’s nothing wrong with meLoving you, baby no noAnd giving yourself to me can never be wrongIf the love is true

Don’t you know how sweet and wonderful life can beI’m asking you baby to get it on with meI ain’t gonna worryI ain’t gonna push, won’t push you babySo c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, babyStop beatin‘ ‚round the bush

Let’s get it onLet’s get it onYou know what I’m talkin‘ ‚boutC’mon, babyLet your love come outIf you believe in loveLet’s get it onLet’s get it on, babyThis minute, oh yeahLet’s get it onPlease, let’s get it on

I know you know what I been dreamin‘ of, don’t you baby?My whole body makes that feelin‘ of love, I’m happyI ain’t gonna worry, no I ain’t gonna pushI won’t push you baby, wooCome on, come on, come on, come on darlingStop beatin‘ round the bush, hey

Oh, gonna get it on, threatin‘ you, babyI wanna get it onYou don’t have to worry that it’s wrongIf the spirit moves youLet me groove you goodLet your love come downOh, get it on, come on babyDo you know the meaning?I’ve been sanctified, hey heyGirl, you give me good feelingSo good somethin‘ like sanctifiedOh dear I, babyNothing wrong with loveIf you want to love me just let your self goOh baby, let’s get it on

 Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye Lyrics

[Intro: Charlie Puth]You got the healing that I wantJust like they say it in the songUntil the dawn, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on[Verse 1: Charlie Puth]We got this king-size to ourselvesDon’t have to share with no one elseDon’t keep your secrets to yourselfIt’s Kama Sutra show and tell, yeah[Pre-Chorus: Charlie Puth]Whoa-oh-oh-ohThere’s lovin‘ in your eyes that pulls me closer(Oh, it pulls me closer)It’s so subtle (It’s so subtle), I’m in trouble (I’m in trouble)But I’d love to be in trouble with you[Chorus: Charlie Puth Like they say it in the songsUntil the dawn, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on[Chorus: Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor] You got the healin‘ that I wantJust like they say it in the songUntil the dawn, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on, babeYou’ve got to give it up to meI’m screaming, „Mercy, mercy, please!“Just like they say it in the songUntil the dawn, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it onJust like they say it in the songUntil the dawn, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on, ooh

Marvin Gaye Lyrics

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Marvin Gaye zählte zu den talentiertesten, visionärsten Künstlern unter dem Dach von Motown. Er bereitete mit seinem kraftvollen R’nB, seinem weltgewandten Soul und dem Einfluss seiner politischen Haltung…

Marvin Gaye zählte zu den talentiertesten, visionärsten Künstlern unter dem Dach von Motown. Er bereitete mit seinem kraftvollen R’nB, seinem weltgewandten Soul und dem Einfluss seiner politischen Haltung…

About “Marvin Gaye”

Charlie Puth uses ‘Marvin Gaye’ as a euphemism for sex in this song, featuring his friend Meghan Trainor.

While performing the track at the 2015 American Music Awards, the two famously locked lips onstage sparking many relationship rumors.

What have the artists said about the song?

‘Marvin Gaye’ is the first record that I ever wrote in California, which is insane, because it did so well, and I never thought that would happen. I was honestly just fooling around thinking ‘okay, what’s a funny song I could make?’ And I was just like, ‘Let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on.’ And my friend was like, ‘That’s actually kinda tight, you should try and finish that.’ So it turned into a real song. And then I met Meghan Trainor at a party, and she wanted to sing on it, and she’s now my best friend and she’s featured on it.