Ed Sheeran stunned fans with an unexpected performance in New York City after winning his Marvin Gaye copyright trial. The singer dropped into the Soho pop-up shop to promote his current album, which was released on Friday.
The Grammy winner even sang his iconic song “Thinking Out Loud,” which was the reason for his recent legal troubles. Sheeran then took out his guitar, climbed onto the top of a nearby car, and performed for the audience with some of his biggest hits.
Many fans shared videos of Sheeran’s mini-concert on social media, showing him smiling and happy performing six songs.
— Ed Sheeran HQ (@edsheeran) May 5, 2023
Sheeran was accused of stealing exact components of the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On” for his Grammy-winning hit during a jury trial that lasted more than a week.
They claimed that the singer copied the song’s “melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bass line, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation, and looping” and demanded $100 million in compensation.
Sheeran, on the other hand, denied their claims, claiming that the 1-3-4-5 chord pattern is popular in pop songs. Sheeran had previously been sued twice for allegedly stealing another artist’s work. Both cases were settled favourably.
Accepting his destiny, the 32-year-old sent a striking message to his accusers, explaining that he had to leave his late grandmother’s funeral in order to settle the matter.
“We’ve spent the last eight years talking about two songs with dramatically different lyrics, melodies and four chords, which are also different and are used by songwriters every day, all over the world,” he said. “They are in a songwriter’s alphabet, our toolkit, and should be there for all of us to use. No one owns them or the way they’re played in the same way no one owns the color blue.”