Sunday, May 26, 2024

Pop Charts: Ed Sheeran Has 8 Spots on iTunes as Controversial Song Goes Top 10, Gordon Lightfoot Has 3 of Top 10 as Memorial Tribute


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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