Ed Sheeran Announces Special Run of Intimate North American Shows Amid Copyright Trial
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced a special run of intimate shows in North America while he battles a copyright infringement case in New York federal court. The announcement comes as the singer gears up for an intense legal battle over his 2014 hit, “Thinking Out Loud.”
The tour, which kicks off on June 1st in Chicago, will see Sheeran performing in small venues across North America, including stops in Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Fans will undoubtedly be excited to see Sheeran up close and personal, as he typically performs in much larger arenas.
While many artists would be intimidated by the prospect of a high-profile court case, Sheeran seems to be taking it all in stride, continuing to focus on his music and his fans. In fact, the singer has actually taken the stand in his own defense, testifying in court that he did not copy the melody from the Marvin Gaye classic “Let’s Get It On.”
Sheeran’s legal battle began in 2016, when the heirs of Ed Townsend, the co-writer of “Let’s Get It On,” filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the singer. The lawsuit alleges that “Thinking Out Loud” uses melodic and harmonic elements from the classic 1973 song. Sheeran has vehemently denied the accusations, stating that any similarities between the two songs are merely coincidental.
As the case continues to wind its way through the courts, Sheeran’s fans remain loyal and supportive. Many have taken to social media to express their excitement over the upcoming tour, with some even stating that they plan to attend multiple shows. Despite the legal drama, it seems clear that Sheeran’s star continues to shine brightly.
In the end, whether or not Sheeran prevails in court remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: the singer’s special run of intimate North American shows is sure to be a hit with fans, serving as a reminder of why they fell in love with Sheeran’s music in the first place.