Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber are accused of copying lyrics and melodies as furious fans claim new single ‘I Don’t Care’ is a rip off of Cheryl’s 2014 with the same name.
Bieber and Sheeran are expected high chart success across the globe with new collaboration ‘I Don’t Care’ and their third joint release having previously worked together on Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ and Major Lazer’s Cold Water.
Fans expressed their concern after noting big similarity between their new track, which was released on Friday morning, and Cheryl’s 2014 release of the same name.
Many fans took to twitter to share their opinion and admitted its chorus in particular sounded uncannily like the former Girls Aloud star’s number one hit single.
One outraged fan said:
‘Wtf happened to Ed Sheeran? Chorus is a rip off of I don’t Care by Cheryl,’
While another added:
‘So… The new Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber track is giving me MASSIVE Cheryl ‘I Don’t Care’ vibes! #coincidence,’.
‘When the chorus from the new @edsheeran and @justinbieber song starts, I just start singing the chorus from the @CherylOfficial song.’
One fan tweeted:
‘Conspiracy theory: Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran just sang Cheryl Cole’s “I don’t Care” and re-released it.’
Some fans sent a direct tweet to Cheryl:
‘Hey @CherylOfficial what’s with @justinbieber and @edsheeran ripping off your ‘I don’t care’ song. Get some royalties on that s**t.’
‘@CherylOfficial girl you should sue ed sheeran he copied your song,’ wrote another.
The new track was written by Sheeran and Bieber in collaboration with songwriters Fred Gibson, Jason Boyd, Max Martin and Shellback.
Cheryl’s 2014 release was co written with Joakim Åhlund, Bonnie McKee and John Newman.
Claims of plagiarism come just four months after a US judge ruled a jury will decide whether or not Sheeran is guilty of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On for his smash hit Thinking Out Loud.
Let’s Get It On was released in 1973 while Sheeran’s Grammy-winning Thinking Out Loud was included on the British artist’s X album in 2014.
District Judge Louis Stanton rejected Sheeran’s request to dismiss the lawsuit and in a decision made public on Thursday said there were ‘substantial similarities between several of the two works’ musical elements’.
The lawsuit was brought by the estate and heirs of late producer Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Let’s Get It On with Gaye.
Judge Stanton ruled it was disputed whether the harmonic rhythm of Let’s Get It On was deserving of copyright protection or whether it was too common.
The judge said listeners could view the songs having the same ‘aesthetic appeal’.
Sheeran has also been accused of plagiarism over his songs Photograph and Shape Of You.
Judge Stanton is presiding over two lawsuits alleging Sheeran copied Let’s Get It On. In the other case, Structured Asset Sales (SAS), which owns one-third of Townsend’s estate, is suing for 100 US dollars (£79 million).
SAS is owned by David Pullman, the creator of the so-called Bowie Bonds, which saw David Bowie sell off bonds for 55 million dollars (£42 million) backed by royalties from his catalogue.