Ed Sheeran News & Update: Taylor Swift's Pal Quietly Gives TLC Hit Writers Credit For ‘Shape of You’

5:00 AM EDT 3/23/2017 by Irene Cabrera, Celebeat Reporter

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Ed Sheeran has expanded the names on the credit list of his number one hit track "Shape Of You." This comes after several fans had pointed out that some lines were copied from TLC's breakout hit "No Scrubs."

Over on American copyright website American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Ed Sheeran has listed Kandi Burruss and Tameka Cottle, the writers behind the RnB track, as co-writers of "Shape Of You." The name of the song's producer Kevin Briggs is also listed on the track. The addition has increased the number of people in the writing credits, as only Sheeran and Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol were listed.

Over the weekend, Burruss thanked Ed Sheeran for adding her name to the writing credits for "Shape Of You" by posting a clip on Instagram showing her fans an example of what she does when the track is played. He congratulated the British singer for the success of his third album "Divide," before thanking him for permitting her and Cottle to share its success, according to The Sun.

"Shape Of You" was released back in January, more than a year after Ed Sheeran went on a social media absence. The track, which was originally penned for Rihanna, has spent several weeks at the top spot. Recently, the pre-chorus of the song ("Boy, let's not talk too much/ Grab on my waist and put that body on me") has since drawn comparisons from various social media users for its similarity to the rhythm of the chorus of "No Scrubs."

This is not the first time that an artist such as Ed Sheeran had to add more people to the writing credits to their hit songs after people start to listen to it closely. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars had to add all five writers to the song "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)" by the Gap Band after it was discovered it was similar to their 2014 hit "Uptown Funk," according to Billboard.

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