Give credit where credit is due?! Looks like Ed Sheeran has done just that. His hit single Shape Of You from the album, Divide has been on the Billboard Top 10 charts for a few weeks since its release. Fans and critics alike praised the British pop star’s talent, being able to come up with a song like that!
But it seems that Ed Sheeran isn’t the only talent to work on Shape Of You. After whispers started floating in the air, he has gone ahead and done the right thing – given credit to the songwriters whose original lyrics were technically plagiarized for the track.
The original song in question is TLC’s No Scrubs that was written by Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Colette of Xscape and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs. The pre-chorus lyrics for Sheeran’s Shape Of You goes as: “Girl, let’s not talk too much / Grab on my waist and put that body on me” and the original lyrics from the R&B track goes as: “No, I don’t want no scrubs / A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me.” Both have similar lyrical rhythms.
Soon after the lyrical credits were given to the song, Kandi Burruss took to Instagram to share the great news with her fans and thank Sheeran for the credit. “Congrats #edsheeran @teddysphotos for having the #1 album! & thank you for allowing @majorgirl & I to share in the success of #ShapeOfYou! #1 for 7 weeks! This is how I dance every time this song comes on. #ShapeOfYou #Blessings.” Kandi is currently a major part of the hit reality show, The Real Housewives Of Atlanta.
Tiny also took to Instagram to thank her team and the singer for the credit, writing: “Ayeeee! Ed Sheeran “Shape Of You” Blessed.. @kandi” and the emoji with the dollar bill.
Open copying by pop stars of hit-worthy tracks that didn’t make it to the charts like they did, is not that old. Previously Bruno Mars had to add writers from the Gap Band for plagiarizing their song I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head) for his own smash hit, Uptown Funk.
See for yourself if you can notice the similarity between Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You and TLC’s No Scrubs –