If Ed Sheeran’s new single “Shape of You” makes you weirdly nostalgic for ’90s R&B, you aren’t alone.
Numerous fans pointed out similarities between the plucky pop diddy and TLC’s classic track “No Scrubs,” and now it looks like Sheeran is admitting to taking elements from the beloved ’90s hit for his song.
Over the weekend, some eagle-eyed music lovers noticed three new names were recently added to the list of official writers on “Shape of You” on the music-rights site ASCAP: Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle and Kevin Briggs.
At first glance, no big deal, but when you realize Burruss, Cottle and Briggs wrote “No Scrubs,” the story becomes a lot more interesting.
It seems pretty clear those names being just now added to the songwriting credits proves Sheeran did indeed lift elements from “No Scrubs” when writing “Shape of You.”
Sheeran’s action of giving the “No Scrubs” writers songwriting credit is likely also an attempt to avoid any potential legal issues.