The 28-year-old Castle on the Hill singer was recently accused of infringement and appropriating other singer’s music.
Ed Sheeran has been hit with allegations by a lesser known singer, Sam Chokri, for being “consciously or subconsciously in the habit of appropriating the compositional skill and labor of other song writers”.
According to Chokri, the singer copied the chorus of Shape of You from his 2015 song, Oh Why. He claims that he sent the track to Sheeran’s circle in an attempt to work with the superstar, however, heard it later in Shape of You – which became one of the biggest selling singles of 2017 – reaching number 1 in 34 countries and generating around £20 million in revenues.
Ed has, however, denied the claims.
Chokri isn’t the only singer is question, Sheeran was also accused of using materials from girl-band TLC, Jamaican reggae artist, Shaggy, and American country singer, Jasmine Rae.
Sam further claims that Sheeran tried to take credit for Shaggy’s part in the Liam Payne’s song, Strip That Down – that he co-wrote, and was forced to add his name in the writing credits.
The case came into being when the Performing Rights Society ruled in favor of the Oh Why singer for copyright infringement. Royalties for Shape of You have since been suspended until a court decision.
According to Sheeran, Chokri has damaged his reputation and blocked his revenue stream, leading to major disturbances in his finances. Hence, the singer has also launched a lawsuit against the lesser known artist for reclaiming the cash.
This is not the first time the A Team singer has faced infringement charges. He is currently involved in a lawsuit over claims that he “lifted major harmonic progressions and rhythmic elements” from Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On for his 2014 hit, Thinking out loud. The case has been postponed till 2020.
Leaving the lawsuit aside, Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” tour has broken the record for the highest-grossing concert tour of all time, earning an estimated of $775 million in revenue, thanks to the 8.9 million tickets sold throughout the 6 continents. The second on the list in U2 with a revenue of $558 million.