Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ & 4 Other Songs That Added Writers After Release

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Ed Sheeran performs at Henham Park Estate on July 17, 2015 in Southwold, England.

The Chainsmokers, Miguel, Sam Smith and Mark Ronson have all added attributions on their tracks.

News came Tuesday (March 21) that Ed Sheeran added the writers of TLC‘s “No Scrubs” to the credits of his current Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Shape of You.”

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.

Ed Sheeran photographed on March 12, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

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Ed Sheeran Adds TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ Songwriters to ‘Shape of You’ Credits

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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.

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