The Chainsmokers, Miguel, Sam Smith and Mark Ronson have all added attributions on their tracks.
Since the Sheeran’s song’s release, the pre-chorus (“Boy, let’s not talk too much/ Grab on my waist and put that body on me”) has been scrutinized over comparisons to the 1999 hit for its similar lyrical rhythm (“No, I don’t want no scrubs/ A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me”). In turn, Sheeran validated the similarity by adding “No Scrubs” co-writers Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Colette, of the girl group Xscape, along with Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs to the “Shape of You” credits.
Sheeran is not unique in this move. Since 2013 when when the family of Marvin Gaye sued Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. over the authorship of their hit “Blurred Lines” (and later won in 2015), Sheeran is only one of several high-profile artists to have added songwriters to a track after its release, avoiding any potential legal issues down the line.
Here are four more of the biggest songwriting adds in the past few years.
The Chainsmokers add two members of The Fray to “Closer” credits
Last year, The Chainsmokers added two members of rock band The Fray to the credits of “Closer” following comparisons between the DJ and production duo’s hit track and the The Fray’s “Over My Head (Cable Car)” from 2005. Fray lead singer Isaac Slade and guitarist Joe King are now credited on “Closer,” along with The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart, Shaun Frank, Frederic Kennett and Halsey, who sings on the track.