June 8, 2016


Ed Sheeran Is Getting Sued for Copying a Song: Hear them Back to Back

C Brandon/Redferns via Getty Images
C Brandon/Redferns via Getty Images

Update 6/9/ 4:30 p.m. ET: Make no mistake! The recording artist of "Amazing," Matt Cardle, is not the personal suing. It's the songwriters. Cardle commented on the suit on Twitter:

Original story: Ed Sheeran is getting sued for $20 million for his song "Photograph," which songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard claim sounds too much like their 2009 tune "Amazing." The same lawyer who won the "Blurred Lines" case on behalf of the Marvin Gaye estate is handling the case.

"Amazing," a song recorded by 2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle, has specific note progressions that appear in "Photograph," Sheeran's adorable ditty from 2014's X. The songwriters say Sheeran did some "verbatim, note-for-note copying," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "In particular, there's the chorus, which according to the complaint shares 39 identical notes — about 70 percent — in pitch, rhythmic duration and placement in the measure," the magazine reports.

Attorney Richard Busch collected $5.3 million for the Marvin Gaye estate in 2015. "My clients are professional songwriters," Busch said, via THR. "Their work is their life and I am honored that they have trusted me with this very important case."

Co-writer Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol is listed as a co-defendant. 

Listen to the tracks back to back below: