Ed Sheeran‘s Shape Of You royalties suspended based on alleged plagiarism by the singer.
When Ed Sheeran‘s Shape Of You dropped, the whole world was in awe of how awesome and unique it sounded. The song even inspired Katy Perry‘s set during one of her hosting duties at the MTV EMAs. While everyone else celebrated what an incredible body of work Shape of You was, a certain musician was in fumes and plotted to get even with the singer. Why? Well, according to him, Shape of You is a rip off from his 2015 song, Oh Why.
The musician, Sam Chokri in a recently filed law suit claims that Ed‘s Shape of You is quite similar to a song he sent him a while back before the hit song was released in hopes to work with him. Of course, Ed has denied these copyright infringement claims alleging that Chokri damaged his reputation and blocked his revenue streams.
This is because revenues from the hit song have been suspended while the case is being trashed out in court.
Shape of You was undoubtedly the biggest selling song in 2017. It became the first song to hit 2 billion streams and the most streamed song on Spotify. It was also the best selling digital song worldwide. Billboard ranked the song as the ninth most successful song of all time. Shape of You has reportedly generated an estimated £20m in revenues.
This isn’t the first time the singer has been accused of lifting other people’s ‘creative works’ and placing them in his music. His 2014 hit, Thinking Out Loud, is alleged to contain major harmonic projections and rhythmic elements lifted from Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On. He is still in court for that.