It seems that Ed Sheeran is so happy that his long legal battle is over, he could sing. So he did. 

On Thursday, Sheeran won the copyright infringement suit first brought against him in 2018 alleging that Sheeran’s hit song “Thinking Out Loud” had ripped off Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” The suit was brought by the family of Gaye’s late co-writer, Ed Townsend, and Townsend’s family asked for $100 million in damages.

After the verdict was announced in Sheeran’s favor, the singer told reporters outside the courthouse, “I’m obviously very happy with the outcome of the case. And it looks like I’m not having to retire from my day job after all.” 

“These chords are common building blocks which were used to create music long before ‘Let’s Get It On’ was written and will be used to make music long after we all are gone,” Sheeran said. “They are in a songwriter’s ‘alphabet,’ our toolkit, and should be there for all of us to use. No one owns them or the way they are played, in the same way that nobody owns the color blue.”

On Friday evening, Sheeran swapped the suit and tie he’d worn in court for more casual attire and celebrated both the win and the release of his latest album, Subtract, with a mini concert on the street in New York City. Subtract was officially released Friday, and Sheeran has a pop-up shop, “The Subtract Experience,” currently open in SoHo. To the delight of crowds of gathered fans, Sheeran hopped on top of a parked Volvo with his acoustic guitar and performed about a half-dozen songs, including the contentious “Thinking Out Loud.”

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Despite asking if he could “play one song before I go,” Sheeran delivered several songs after starting off with “Boat,” off of Subtract

In the video Sheeran posted of the first song on his Instagram, fans praised him in the comments section, but worried for the car he used as a makeshift stage. 

“Ed this song is so good but that volvos roof is finished,” one commenter wrote. 

“As a Volvo owner, this gave me anxiety,” another said. 

“Crushin’ it. And the Volvo,” said yet another. 

Sheeran is no stranger to paperwork nightmares, coming under fire from neighbors in the UK in 2022 for seeking to install a private crypt below his home there. Recently, he’s been surprising people all over the five boroughs, hanging out in Irish pubs and singing duets with subway buskers. He’s just here to spread joy and a Sheeran quality. 


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