Ed Sheeran Tells Court He’ll Quit Music If He’s Found Guilty Of Ripping Off Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’

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According to Ed Sheeran, the accusations that he plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s soul hit “Let’s Get it On” are “insulting,” and that he would stop performing if proved guilty.

When he took the witness stand in Manhattan federal court on Monday, the 32-year-old British singer-songwriter vehemently denied the allegations that he violated Gaye and his co-writer Ed Townsend’s 1973 hit when he wrote and composed “Thinking Out Loud.”

He even swore to stop playing music if the jury found him guilty.

‘If that happens, I’m done, I’m stopping,’ Sheeran said when asked by his attorney Ilene Farkas about the toll the trial is taking on him.

‘I find it really insulting to devote my whole life to being a performer and a songwriter and have someone diminish it,’ the ‘Shape of You’ singer added.

Townsend’s heirs are suing Sheeran on the grounds that the songs have “striking similarities.” They are requesting an enormous $100 million in compensation.

Last week, attorneys representing Townsend’s heirs showed a video of Sheeran switching effortlessly between the songs “Thinking Out Loud” and “Let’s Get it On” during a live performance before the Manhattan federal court.

They said that doing so amounted to a confession that he had plagiarized the song.

However, Sheeran claimed in court on Monday that he regularly performs “mash-ups” with other musicians and that he has previously mixed Van Morrison’s “Crazy in Love” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” with his song “Thinking Out Loud.”

‘I mash up songs at lots of gigs. Many songs have similar chords. You can go from “Let It Be” to “No Woman No Cry” and switch back,’ he said.
‘And quite frankly, if I’d done what you’re accusing me of doing, I’d be quite an idiot to stand on a stage in front of 20,000 people and do that,’ he added.

He also mentioned how Irish musician Van Morrison served as the true inspiration for his popular song.

The artist utilized his interpretation of Morrison songs like “Tupelo Honey” and “Crazy Love” to demonstrate his claim by strumming the four-chord pattern he is accused of stealing from “Let’s Get it On.”

The artist also criticized musicologist Alexander Stewart, the plaintiff’s expert witness, for claiming last week that the first 24 seconds of “Thinking Out Loud” were comparable to the opening of “Let’s Get it On.”

Stewart noted melodic resemblances in the verse, chorus, and interlude while asserting in court that they “have the same harmonic rhythm.”

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