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Drama in Ed Sheeran Trial: Prosecutor hospitalized | celebrities

celebritiesLast Wednesday, the second day of the plagiarism case against Ed Sheeran (32) took place in New York. Things did not go as planned. Accused Katherine Townsend Griffin fainted in court and was taken to hospital. The British singer has to defend his song Thinking Out Loud (2014) in the lawsuit, because it is said to be too similar to Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On (1973).

Last Wednesday, musicologist Alexander Stewart was quizzed about the striking similarities between the two songs. While Ed Sheeran’s attorney is questioning, Katherine Townsend Griffin, daughter of co-writer Ed Griffin, suddenly collapses. Many people tried to help her, but to no avail. The accused was eventually taken to hospital after receiving medical attention. Griffin’s attorney did not elaborate on the cause of the accident, but revealed that she “had a medical condition.” No further details were provided.

The trial was adjourned for a total of fifteen minutes, after which Judge Louis Stanton ordered proceedings to continue. After the break, musician Alexander Stewart continued his testimony, and was cross-examined by Sheeran’s attorney, Eileen Farkas. During the testimony, the musicologist identified similarities between the two famous songs, noting that “they have the same harmonic beat”. According to him, “the songs sound very similar”.

Kathryn Townsend Griffin. ©AP

“similar chords”

Earlier in the day, according to Business Insider, laughter broke out in the courtroom when Stewart played a “soulless” AI version of “Let’s Get It On” to show off what he believes are the basic similarities, minus the production elements. Even the British artist was said to have laughed when a computer voice sang the sexy lyrics.

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The musicologist insisted, when playing the recording, that both songs repeat the same four chords in their entirety. Other music experts – who speak independently on the subject – have stated that only three of the four chords are exactly the same. In addition, they also said that the respective chords are often used in pop songs.

The first day of the trial

On the first day of the trial, Sheeran was shown, among other things, a video of a performance in which he mixed his own song with Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”. According to the plaintiffs, the photos prove that the British singer has committed plagiarism. Sheeran replied that he often mixes songs with similar chords during performances. “A lot of the songs have similar chords. You can go from ‘Let It Be’ to ‘No Woman No Cry’ and back. And honestly, if I’ve done what you’re accusing me of, I’d be a total idiot if I got on stage and did it in front of 20,000 people,” explained the singer.

Sheeran’s attorney, Elaine Farkas, insisted several times during the lawsuit that fellow artist and Amy Wedge wrote “Thinking Out Loud” independently. They didn’t steal it from Ed Townsend and Marvin Gaye.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran © Getty Images via AFP

$100 million

A few years ago, relatives of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Gaye, sued for plagiarism over “Thinking Out Loud.” According to the claim, there are “significant similarities” between the two songs. They are asking for $100 million in damages. “Dozens, if not hundreds, of songs before and after ‘Let’s Get It On’ have used the same or similar chord notes,” Sheeran’s lawyers had previously said.

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The case is being heard in New York and will take about a week. Both songs must be judged by judges on melody, harmony, and tempo. Lyrics removed from the rating.

This isn’t the first time Sheeran has been accused of plagiarism. Last year, for example, there was a lawsuit against his song ‘Shape of You’ (2017). The British artist was subsequently acquitted of plagiarism, but described the case as “devastating for the music industry”.

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