Ed Sheeran He had strong words for a musicologist on Monday. Court hearing over alleged similarity between hit movie “Thinking Out Loud” and Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get It On”“It has entered its second week.
“I think what he did was a crime,” Sheeran said of musicologist Alexander Stewart’s previous testimony hired by Gaye’s estate as an expert witness. New York Times. “I don’t know why he was allowed to be an expert.”
Sheeran, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Publishing are being sued by the three heirs of songwriter Ed Townsend, who co-wrote with Gaye on the 1973 song.
As he did last week, Sheeran played guitar to refute Stewart’s assertion that one of the chords he played at the opening of “Thinking Out Loud” resembled a minor chord appearing at the same spot throughout “Let’s.” Get started.” On Thursday, Sheeran played the major chord he said he played “in each concert” at that point in the song, followed by the minor chord Stewart mentioned. “It works very, very well for him,” Sheeran said, “but that’s not the truth.”
Today Sheeran returned to the stand and, under the interrogation of one of his lawyers, Ilene S. Farkas, demonstrated that he could seamlessly track between his own compositions and songs by Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Blackstreet, and more. Van Morrison claims that Stewart misrepresented the melody and intent of his songs.
“When someone comes in and says, ‘We don’t believe you, you must have had him stolen,'” said Mr. Sheeran, “I find that really insulting.”
Later, when Gaye estate attorney Patrick Ryan Frank questioned the chords Sheeran played in the song, Sheeran replied, “I know what I’m playing on the guitar.”
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