Ed Sheeran Settles $20 Million Lawsuit After 'Copying' X-Factor Winner's Song
The problem with pop songs these days is that they all sound, well, pretty much the same.
Ed Sheeran himself has tried to show the problem with pop music, when he was on RTL Late Night he used a guitar to prove all pop songs use the same four chords. The lovable redhead has been in the headlines a lot recently, for single-handedly dominating just about every chart ever with his latest album – but this time the talk is about something a bit less positive.
The writers responsible for ‘Amazing’, the winners single of X-Factor contestant Matt Cardle in 2010, accused Ed Sheeran of copying their song ‘note-for-note’. Writers Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington went to the lawyer responsible for winning the case between Marvin Gaye’s family and Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams for their Blurred Lines single.
In a lawsuit filed in 2014, they claimed:
This copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying, makes up nearly one half of Photograph, and raises this case to the unusual level of strikingly similar copying.
But after a long legal battle, the case has now been settled, despite the writers gunning for $20 million in damages from the much loved redhead. It’s unclear exactly what agreement was made – but the case has now been dismissed.
Check out the two songs:
Can you hear the similarity? Let us know in the comments!