Back in July, the pop music hit machine Ed Sheeran released a song called “Blow” collaborating with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars. Quite the line up, eh? The song was filmed at the legendary Viper Room and the song ROCKS. The music video has also garnered millions of views in the past month. But if you’re a fan of the band The Gracious Few, the song might sound familiar.
Kevin Martin, the lead singer of The Gracious Few and Candlebox, weighed in on what he calls a “blatant rip off”. It might sound harsh, but listen to the song “Blow” then tune into the Gracious Few’s “Honest Man”. The riffs are lick by lick – it’s uncanny.
Luckily, Kevin Martin is a nice guy and said the song and video were great – but him and his band-mates should at least get a shout out!
This could be chalked up as a coincidence or great minds thinking alike. But Sheeran found himself in a similar legal predicament over Aussie Jasmine Rae’s ‘When I Found You’ and his ‘The Rest of our Life’. Rae’s songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden cited an almost note for note rip-off of their song. The case was settled out of court in November 2018 for an undisclosed amount.
Sheeran has also faced plagiarism charges from the estate of Marvin Gaye for similarities for his ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ and for copying Matt Cardle’s Amazing’ for his our ‘Photograph’.
Take a listen for yourself below: