After a tour that spanned two years and 260 shows, Ed Sheeran is stepping back from the music industry. On August 27, at the end of his concert in Ipswich, England, the singer told his audience that, “I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months.”
According to the “New York Post,” even though Sheeran might be taking a break from music, that does not mean he will not be working in some way. Unfortunately for the singer, the next few months, if not longer, will be spent handling legal battles surrounding two of his hit songs.
The news of his hiatus actually comes just two weeks before he is set to be in court over his 2014 single, “Thinking Out Loud.” Court papers filed against Ed Sheeran allege that he ripped off the 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. The singer is being sued for $100 million for copyright infringement by Structured Asset Sales, a company that apparently owns a stake in the copyrights for Gaye’s music.
However, this is not the only court case that Sheeran has to contend with, as he is also being sued over his hit, “Shape of You.” At this time, the singer is not receiving any royalties on the single, as they are being held after accusations arose that Ed Sheeran had “lifted” lyrics from a song by Sam Chokri.
Chokri claims that at one point he wanted to work with Sheeran and chose to send in his song “Oh Why.” The reason he sent his song to Sheeran and his team was to give them an example of his work in order to convince them that they should work on a future project.
While the issue with “Shape of You” has been going on since the single released back in 2017, the court case will not be heard until some time in 2020. This means that it will be some time before Sheeran potentially sees any royalties on the single. Of course, if he is found to have stolen lyrics from Chokri as has been alleged, he may end up not only never getting any money from the song, but also having to pay even more money to the other man.
Perhaps this is the perfect time for Ed Sheeran to take a hiatus from music, so that he can address both of the court cases against him. For now, it seems that the singer has plenty to deal with as he tries to save his reputation from allegations of infringement.
Although fans of Sheeran and his music will still be able to listen to all of his current work via streaming and other mediums, at least for the next two years there will not be anything new from the singer. While this might be disappointing for his fans, there is always hope that he will return stronger than ever and with even more music that people cannot resist listening to on repeat.
Written by Kimberley Spinney
New York Post – Ed Sheeran announces hiatus from music amid legal woes
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