Superstar Ed Sheeran hit with $100m lawsuit for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye classic
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Superstar Ed Sheeran hit with $100m lawsuit for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye classic

GLOBAL superstar Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued for $100million over claims he copied parts of a Marvin Gaye classic in one of his hits songs.

A lawsuit filed in the US last week alleges that Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud uses the “same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping" as the Gaye classic Let's Get It On.

The suit was filed in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York by Structured Assed Sales, which owns a piece of the copyright for Gaye's iconic 1973 release, TMZ reports.

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Gaye, who was shot dead by his father in 1984 aged 44, co-wrote the track alongside Edward Townsend in 1973.

Townsend died in 2003 but SAS bought one-third of the copyright.

Sheeran, 27, has already faced legal action over the track after Townsend's heirs also claimed Thinking Out Loud copied Let's Get It On.

The second generation Irish star has denied those allegations.

Earlier this month Sheeran performed at an intimate fundraising gig held at the London Irish Centre in Camden, north London.

The event, which also featured fellow second generation Irishman Dermot O'Leary and a host of Sheeran's celebrity fans, raised more than £250,000 for the centre.