While Ed Sheeran is celebrating winning the plagiarism trial, several users on social networks asked him to make good on his threat. The singer promised that in case the jury in New York found him guilty, he would leave the stage, and although it is not the case, some expressed disgust for his music. This isn’t the first time he plays this trick; he said the same when he faced a trial for ‘Shape of You.’
“Let him go,” “His songs aren’t even good,” “Lose or win, let him retire from music,” “Ever since I saw and heard him I’ve been waiting for this moment (for him to retire),” “Those celebrities make threats as if people listen to every single song,” wrote some Internet users.
On the other hand, Ed Sheeran’s fans expressed their support and happiness that he won the plagiarism trial and continued with his career because they say he makes songs that touch the heart and that you can identify with.
Why Ed Sheeran Was Accused of Plagiarism?
A trial against the British musician began a few days ago; he was accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s song ‘Let’s get it on’ in his hit song ‘Thinking out loud.’ The lawsuit was filed by the heirs of Ed Townsend, co-author of Gaye’s song, claiming that there were “striking similarities and obvious common elements” between the two songs.
To prove his innocence, Ed Sheeran brought his guitar before the jury to whom he taught that the 1-3-4-5 chord progression in question is a staple of pop music that belongs to no one. “There are dozens if not hundreds of songs before and after (Gaye’s) that use the same or similar chord progression,” the singer’s legal team commented.
Although today, Ed is celebrating, many people don’t like his music, and are asking him that even though he was not guilty of plagiarism, he should retire from the industry as he promised. Maybe the lesson here is not to make huge threats if you’re not certain they will impact the audience the way you think.
Story written in Spanish by Nayeli Párraga in Cultura Colectiva