The singer-songwriter was sued in a plagiarism trial over his 2014 song ‘Thinking Out Loud’
The British superstar Ed Sheeran he has said he will leave the music industry if the outcome of the copyright infringement lawsuit goes against him. The singer-songwriter was sued in a plagiarism trial over his 2014 song ‘Thinking Out Loud’. Sheeran and co-writer Amy Wadge are alleged to have copied aspects of Marvin Gaye’s classic 1973 soul piece ‘Let’s Get It On’, including rhythm and a rising four chord sequence. The trial was called by the family of singer-songwriter Ed Townsend – co-creator of Gaye’s song – who denounced him several years ago.
Sheeran’s lawyer, Ilene Farkas, asked the musician on Monday 1 May in the Manhattan court how much the trial is weighing on him and he replied, as reported by MailOnline: “If it happens (not to win, ed), I’m closed , I stop”, meaning the definitive closure in the field of music. He was also reported to have told the court, “I find it truly insulting to devote my entire life to being a performer and a songwriter and to have anyone demean that.”
Last year the artist won a copyright battle in Britain over whether his 2017 song ‘Shape Of You’ copied Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue’s 2015 track ‘Oh Why’. Sheeran, despite his recent claims, has recently churned out a new single ‘Boat’ which is the opening song of his upcoming album.