Ed Sheeran took the testimony in a New York court on Tuesday to deny claims that one of his hits stole Marvin Gaye’s soul classic “Let’s Get It On.”
LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, Ed Sheeran took the stand in a New York courtroom to testify that his hit “Thinking Out Loud” stole Marvin Gaye’s soul classic “Let’s Get It On.” I denied it.
Sheeran, 32, was asked to testify in a civil trial by the heiress of Ed Townshend, gay co-writer of the 1973 Soul Classic. He claims his 2014 hit has “startling similarities” and “blatant commonalities” with famous Gay tracks.
Dressed in a dark suit and tie, Sheeran asserted that he came up with the song himself. His testimony was at times controversial as he sparred during cross-examination with plaintiffs’ attorney Keisha Rice.
In response to courtroom video footage of musicians segueing between two songs on stage, Sheeran said it’s “very easy to weave” songs in the same key.
“It’s stupid to be on stage in front of 20,000 people and do that,” Sheeran said of the accusations of copying the song.
Earlier in the day, a lawyer for Townshend heiress Ben Crump told jurors that the merging of the two songs amounted to a “confession.”
“We have smoking guns,” he said of concert footage of Sheeran hopping back and forth between the two songs.
Crump said the lawsuit was about “giving credit where credit is due.”
Sheeran watched as his attorney, Eileen Farkus, argued that Sheeran and co-writer Amy Wadge wrote the song independently and didn’t steal it from Townshend and Gaye.
She said, “We created this heartfelt song without copying ‘Let’s Get It On’.”
Chord progressions and basic building blocks from Sheeran’s songs were used frequently and did not first appear on “Let’s Get It On,” his attorney said.
“Let’s Get It On” has been heard in countless movies and commercials since its release in 1973, garnering hundreds of millions of streams, spins and radio plays. “Thinking Out Loud” won the 2016 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
The lawsuit was filed in 2017. The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.
Townsend, who also wrote the 1958 R&B doo-wop hit “For Your Love,” was a singer, songwriter, and lawyer. He passed away in 2003.
His daughter, Kathryn Townsend-Griffin, is the plaintiff leading the lawsuit.
“I think Mr. Sheeran is a great artist with a great future,” she said in her testimony, adding that she didn’t want the incident to reach this point. I have to
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