Ed Sheeran recently gave the writers of TLC's "No Scrubs" credit because of similarities to "Shape of You."
This is more common than you think, and here are some recent examples.
Can you spot the similarities?
The Chainsmokers, who added The Fray’s Isaac Slade and guitarist Joe King to “Closer” after folks noted similarities between "Closer" and The Fray’s 2005 song “Over My Head (Cable Car)."
Miguel added Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan to "leaves" after he realized it sounded too similar to the Pumpkins’hit “1979.”
Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars added The Gap Band as writers to “Uptown Funk” after the tune’s release because of similarities to "Oops Upside Your Head,” although Ronson insisted didn’t lift anything from the group. They also added Nicholas Williams (a.k.a. Trinidad James) and producer Devon Gallaspy to the tune before the release because of a sampling of James' "All Gold Everything."
And Sam Smith added Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne to the writing credits on “Stay With Me” after Petty’s team called Sam’s about the similarities between the tune and Petty’s “Won’t Back Down.” Petty insisted that a lawsuit was never threatened and that Sam quickly addressed the situation when brought to his attention.