Ed Sheeran is being sued for $100m
Is Ed Sheeran the most boring artist in the world? Quite possibly. Honestly, how would you describe Ed Sheeran's music? Slow? Yes. Monotonous? Yes. Extremely boring? Absolutely. However, while his music may be snooze-worthy, he's proven himself to be extremely popular.
Ed Sheeran is estimated to be worth $65 million, an extraordinary figure in its own right. But, when you consider that he has made it off of the back of churning out the same song over and over again, it becomes even more mind-boggling.
However, for all my distaste towards Ed Sheeran, there's plenty of people out there who adore him. Imagine the number of people who have had their first dance to Thinking Out Loud. Imagine the number of people who have shed a tear to Lego House and the number of people who have thought they are a legit rapper because they can sing along to You Need Me, I Don't Need You.
However, if you're one of those who has partaken in slow-dancing to Thinking Out Loud, I'm here to tell you that you were dancing to a song that's become the subject of a monumental new lawsuit.
Ed Sheeran is being sued for $100 million for allegedly copying parts of Marvin Gaye's legendary single, Let's Get It On.
It's alleged that the singer ripped off certain sections of the 1973 classic for his number one single Thinking Out loud.
Legal documents in the US allege that Sheeran's song copies "the melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping."
Sheeran has already faced legal action over the same track and others before - and has always denied the accusations. In 2016, the same allegation was levelled at the singer from the family of Ed Townsend, the man who co-wrote Let's Get It On.
"The Defendants copied the heart of Let's and repeated it continuously throughout Thinking," the court papers claim.
"The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic compositions of Thinking are substantially and/or strikingly similar to the drum composition of Let's," it says. It's not known whether this case was ever resolved.
The star was also sued for 20 million over his single Photograph, which two musicians said copied their song Amazing. Songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the singer, with the duo claiming that his ballad had a similar structure to their song. The case was settled last year.
However, the most recent claim is being levelled by Structured Asset Sales, a company which owns part of the copyright for Gaye's song. The company bought one-third of the copyright after Ed Townsend died in 2003.
Other defendants listed in the new claim include Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the Atlantic record label and Amy Padge - who co-wrote the song.
So there you have it, Ed could be potentially sued for everything he's got. Although, given that it's an international superstar we're talking about, it probably won't happen. Expect this one to get settled outside of court and swept under the carpet.