Ed Sheeran is being sued over claims that his hit track Thinking Out Loud sounds like a Marvin Gaye song.
The family of the co-writer of Let’s Get It On, Gaye’s famous soul track, have filed the lawsuit.
They claim Halifax-born Sheeran copied the “heart” of the 1973 soul classic and repeated it continuously in 2014’s Thinking Out Loud.
They allege that the British singer-songwriter continued to perform the song even after he was notified of the copyright infringement claim last year.
The family of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Gaye, is demanding a jury trial and compensation for damages.
Thinking Out Loud reached number one in the UK and was a huge success in the US, where it won Song Of The Year at the Grammys.
The suit also names Thinking Out Loud co-writer Amy Wadge, as well as producer Jake Gosling, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Atlantic Records and Warner Bros.
Sheeran’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Wadge wrote on Twitter: “This is all I have ever done and the only thing I know how to do. The End!.. Keep calm and write songs.”
Sheeran, who is taking a break from music, is already being sued for more than £13m for allegedly copying a song released by X Factor winner Matt Cardle. A lawsuit filed in a Los Angeles federal court claims Sheeran’s 2014 summer hit Photograph infringes the copyright of Cardle’s 2012 single Amazing. Sheeran will have to answer the charges alongside his Photograph co-writer, Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid.