Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle and producer Kevin Briggs are now credited on American music copyright website, ASCAP’s, listing of Ed Sheeran’s massive hit “Shape of You.”
Ever since the song’s release in January, critics and fans have made comparisons between the melody in the pre-chorus of “Shape of You” and the main hook in the chorus of “No Scrubs”. Originally, Ed Sheeran and co-writers Steve Mac and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid were the only names on ASCAP’s page, but the addition of Burrusss, Cottle and Briggs seems almost like Sheeran is protecting himself from legal troubles.
Although there have been no explanations by any party about why the additional credits were given, this move may be protective in the sense that Sheeran is currently being sued by Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard for $20m over his single “Photograph”. He is also being sued by the family of the man who co-wrote Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” on the claim that integral parts of the song were used to make “Thinking “Out Loud.”
Though both of those cases are still pending and no rulings have been made, I think Sheeran is playing it safe by giving credit to the “No Scrubs” writers before anything goes bad.
Listen to both songs below and decide for yourself how if “Shape of You” sounds like “No Scrubs.”