Ed Sheeran managed to get absolved from plagiarism this week when a jury decided “Thinking Out Loud” didn’t infringe on Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
Now “Thinking Out Loud” is number 7 on iTunes several years after it was a radio it in 2016 even though it was always sound like the Gaye hit.
The attention from the trial has put 7 other Sheeran songs on the charts including the very Gordon Lightfoot-ish “Boat,” from Sheeran’s new album released today.
Sadly ironic but Lightfoot — who died this week — has his own three best selling singles in the top 10. They are “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” A fourth hit, “Carefree Highway,” is in the top 20. It’s a weird coincidence that the new Sheeran songs sound like Lightfoot.
Sheeran’s new album, called “Subtract,” started the day at number 1.