Ed Sheeran recently appeared on CBS Sunday morning program to promote his new album—and discuss the new resolutions in a copyright case over his 2014 song “Thinking Out Loud.” In an interview with Seth Doane, Sheeran discussed the case, his new album, his body image, and more. Check it out below.
Doane began the interview by asking Sheeran what it felt like to suffer the lawsuit. “I think it comes with the territory,” Sheeran said. He later added: “There are four chords used in pop songs. And if you think mathematically about the probability that this song has the same chords as this song—there are many, many songs—they all have the same four chords… you get it in every single pop song. from today. Unless it just stops, which I don’t think will happen because it’s a big money business to take things to court. But you only get caught if you do something wrong, and I didn’t do anything wrong. I used four chords which are very common chords to use.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Sheeran talked about his new album, a new Disney+ docuseries about him titled. The Sum of All, and recent personal struggles including the death of a friend and his wife’s health issues. When Doane asked Sheeran about the lyrics that seemed to focus on being uncomfortable in his own skin, Sheeran replied: “Yeah. But that’s the person. You’re talking to the artist now,” Sheeran said. “The artist to stand on stage in front of 110,000 people in Melbourne is not the same person with anxiety and insecurity and depression.”
Doane also asked Sheeran how interested he was in what was written about his music. “I used to care a lot,” Sheeran said, “because I spent my whole life trying to be successful.” He continued: “But you can’t always be everything to everyone. Like I’ve never been a critical lover, but I don’t know, I think it’s more challenging to write pop music than any other kind of music.
the The “Thinking Out Loud” lawsuit was first filed in 2016 to the family of Ed Townsend, the co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” shortly after the verdict in the case of the Gaye estate against Pharrell and Robin Thicke of “Blurred Lines.” The plaintiffs allege that Sheeran copied elements of “Let’s Get It On” for “Thinking Out Loud.” The trial date was delayed in 2019 by a Manhattan district judge to await the results of a similar copyright case involving Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” Led Zeppelin to the end won their case, where the judge ruled that the plaintiffs had to prove that an act was “substantially similar” to their own in order to prove infringement.