And finally… high notes
Ed Sheeran’s High Court copyright cases has revealed that he and his co-writers earn about £5 million a year from the song in dispute, Shape of You, despite royalties being frozen.
The case between Sheeran and rival songwriter Sami Chokri heard that when royalties for the song were frozen in May 2018, revenues from services such as Spotify could not be targeted.
Andrew Sutcliffe QC, for Chokri and co-writer Ross O’Donoghue, said “only a very small proportion, less than 10 per cent” of payments were frozen. This amounted to around £2.2m.
Shape of You is the first song to be streamed three billion times on Spotify.