Ed Sheeran has been accused of copying the melodies of other artists at least three times now. Clearly there is a trend occurring, but whats funny is that I definitely heard “Cheap Thrills” by Sia the first time I heard “Shape Of You.” But apparently its closer to another huge hit, TLC’s “No Scrubs.”
The argument is over the similarities between the pre-chorus of Sheeran’s current hit, and the chorus of the 90’s R&B classic. The words are definitely different, but the melody and rhythm similarities are undeniable:
“Girl, you know I want your love/ your love was handmade for somebody like me” is way too damn similar to “No, I don’t want no scrubs/ a scrub is a guy who can’t get no love from me.”
“No Scrubs” was also a Hot 100 number one in 1999, so in my opinion it takes away from the authenticity of Sheeran’s number one because the content is undeniably unoriginal.
Come on Ed, I’d like to think you can do better as a songwriter, but I’m beginning to lose faith.
Don’t believe it? Listen for yourself: