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Did Ed Sheeran copy Tracy Chapman on “Shape Of You”?

Did Ed Sheeran copy Tracy Chapman on “Shape Of You”?

March 14
18:26 2017



The UK number one single, “Shape OF You”, penned and performed by British singer Ed Sheeran has been compared to Tracy Chapman’s “Mountain’s O Things”.

By Stefan on 2 February 2017
BBC radio presenter Chris Evans made the comparison between Sheeran’s #1 single and Chapman’s 1988 track on his breakfast show last week.

Evans said, “So I heard that, I thought, this reminds me of something, what is it? Then I remembered this Tracy Chapman track”.

Ed’s story telling style is certainly influenced by Chapman, you can hear this on tracks such as “Lego House” and “A-Team”. However, these two tracks have an additional thematic connection by way of an isolated marimba melody.

Here are the tracks for you to compare:

What do you think? Rip off or just co-incidence? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

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