Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle are finally getting their due credit (and coin) for influencing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
Sheeran decided to add Burruss and Tiny to the song credits after weeks of social media users noting the similarity between his track and TLC’s 1999 single “No Scrubs,” co-written by the two Xscape members and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, who was also given a writing credit.
People pointed out that two lines in Sheeran’s song (”Boy, let’s not talk too much/ Grab on my waist and put that body on me”) have a comparable lyrical rhythm to lines in “No Scrubs” (”No, I don’t want no scrubs/ A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me”), according to Billboard.
Burruss, who currently stars on reality show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” shared a post on Instagram thanking Sheeran and celebrating “Shape of You” holding the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks.
The “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” star also posted about the song on Instagram, stating that she was “blessed.”
“Shape of You” is Tiny’s second Billboard No. 1 hit based on writing credits and Burruss’ third.
With this and the reunion of Xscape after nearly 20 years, these ladies are winning.