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Part Owner Of Marvin Gaye Song Sues Ed Sheeran Over Hit Song

June 29, 2018 - 7:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP/WWJ) — A part owner of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" is suing Ed Sheeran for $100 million after getting blocked from a similar lawsuit brought by other copyright owners.

Both lawsuits say the British songwriter copied parts of the soul classic for his Grammy-winning hit "Thinking Out Loud." The original lawsuit claimed that Sheeran's song uses a similar "melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping" to that of "Let's Get It On."

A lawyer for Structured Asset Sales said the new lawsuit's Thursday filing was necessary because a judge refused to let the company join a 2016 lawsuit by the family of a co-writer of Gaye's song.

That lawsuit, which is still pending in Manhattan federal court, seeks unspecified damages.

A lawyer for Sheeran and other defendants said in a letter to the judge in the original lawsuit that he will seek to have both lawsuits tossed out. He said they were baseless.

Another Marvin Gaye-involved case saw his camp win more than $7 million from Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, claiming that their 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" copied rhythms from Gaye's "Got To Give It Up," even though the rhythms weren't identical.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.