It’s unfortunate that with great success comes an inevitable backlash. Many of the biggest hits of the decade by some of the most popular artists on the face of the earth right now have been accused of ‘sampling’ other songs.
Today it was announced that Ed Sheeran has been accused of copying parts of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ for his Grammy-winning hit single ‘Thinking Out Loud’. EEK!
Have a listen of the two songs together and see what your conclusion is, and don’t forget to tweet your opinions out loud at us @maximumpop.
Of course, you might remember that this isn’t the first time that poor old Ed has been accused of stealing other people’s songs. He is actually currently being sued by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard who say that ‘Photograph’ rips off ‘Amazing’, a song they wrote for UK X Factor winner, Matt Cardle.
They’ve hired the same lawyer who won the infamous lawsuit against Pharrell and Robin Thicke for their 2013 smash ‘Blurred Lines’. The pair were forced to pay $7.3 million US dollars in damage when the judge ruled against them in this case. OUCH!
And that’s not the only funky jam which was apparently nicked off someone else. One of the biggest selling singles of the decade, ‘Uptown Funk’, also sparked controversy when people noticed that it was rather similar to quite a few old school hits. Mark Ronson admitted to taking inspiration from The Gap Band’s 1979 hit ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ (what a jam!), and writing credits of ‘Uptown Funk’ were soon altered to reflect this.
Another group, The Sequence, have also claimed that the chorus of their song, ‘Funk You Up’ was stolen, but they have yet to file a lawsuit.
Ed’s mate Taylor Swift is no stranger to plagiarism lawsuits as well! In 2015 she was sued for $42 million when Jessie Braham claimed that Swift had stolen the lyrics to his song ‘Haters gone hate’. See if you can spot which one is ‘Shake It Off’:
“Haters gone hate, playas gone play. Watch out for them fakers, they’ll fake you everyday.”
“Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play. And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate”
Yep that was easy wasn’t it? *Coughs*… they don’t even sound similar.
Taylor’s BFF Katy Perry…
…said no-one EVER.
Anyway, she was also accused of stealing bits of the Sara Bareilles song ‘Brave’. Sara’s single came out in April 2013 and Katy’s comeback single, ‘Roar’, came out four months later with exactly the same backing beat and instrumentation.
Sara was very good about it though, bless her:
“Katy’s a friend of mine and we’ve know each other a really long time, so she even texted me about it…”
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— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 10, 2013
Speaking of divas, Mother Monster Lady GaGa made a massive comeback in 2011 with her smash hit ‘Born this Way’, but people immediately started comparing it to Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself”. Madge seemed to agree and shadily referred to GaGa’s music as being “reductive” and performed a mash-up of the two songs on her ‘MDNA’ tour. Claws away, ladies.
Some hairy pop star moments there. We think there may be an #IstandwithEd hashtag coming any time now. Tweet us your opinions on these cases @maximumpop.