After winning his Marvin Gaye copyright lawsuit, Ed Sheeran surprised his fans with an unexpected performance in New York City.
The Grammy winner visited the pop-up store in Soho for his most recent record, which was released on Friday, and was greeted there by hordes of adoring admirers.
The throng was then serenaded by Sheeran with some of his biggest singles. Including “Thinking Out Loud,” which was the subject of his most recent legal drama. As he pulled out his guitar and climbed onto the top of a passing car.
Many followers shared videos of the brief performance on social media, showing Sheeran grinning as he calmed the audience before starting to play six songs.
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After barely three hours of deliberation, the jury found the “Perfect” singer not guilty of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” Leading to the joyful singalong the following day.
The decision was made over four years after the estate of the late Ed Townsend, who collaborated with Gaye on a number of projects, claimed that Sheeran “copied and exploited. Without authorization or credit” the well-known R&B song from 1973.
They asserted that the singer requested $100 million for stealing the song’s “melody, rhythms. Harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation, and looping”
Sheeran refuted their claims, claiming that the in question 1-3-4-5 chord structure is common of pop songs.
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The 32-year-old shared a stirring statement to his accusers after learning of his fate. He explained that he had to skip his late grandmother’s funeral in order to resolve the conflict.
“We’ve spent the last eight years talking about two songs with dramatically different lyrics, melodies and four chords. Which are also different and are used by songwriters every day, all over the world,” he said. “They are in a songwriter’s alphabet, our toolkit, and should be there for all of us to use. No one owns them or the way they’re played in the same way no one owns the color blue.”
Moreover, He continued, “I’m just a guy with a guitar who loves writing music for people to enjoy. I am not and will never allow myself to be a piggy bank for someone to shake. Having to be in New York for this trial has meant that I’ve missed being with my family at my grandmother’s funeral in Ireland. And I will never get that time back.”
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Sheeran closed his statement by thanking the jurors, his family, and co-writer Amy Wadge for upholding “the creative freedom of songwriters.”
Sheeran had previously faced two lawsuits for allegedly plagiarizing the work of other artists. Each lawsuit was resolved outside of court.
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