This past Friday, Kandi Burruss made considerable waves with an Instagram post about the success of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You.”
It was not the idea of congratulating Sheeran that garnered attention. Rather, it was her note about sharing in the success of the song.
“Congrats #edsheeran @teddysphotos for having the #1 album! & thank you for allowing @majorgirl [Tiny] & I to share in the success of #ShapeOfYou! #1 for 7 weeks,” wrote Burruss in the caption.
Astute fans speculated that Burruss may have been referencing the fact that she, Tameka “Tiny” Harris and Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs — the writers behind TLC’s 1999 smash “No Scrubs” — received retroactive credit on “Shape Of You.” Many fans and entertainment personalities had, after all, been pointing out a similarity between the “Shape Of You” pre-chorus and the “No Scrubs” chorus.
Another set of astute fans confirmed the speculation by locating the ASCAP listing on “Shape Of You.” Burruss, Briggs and Tiny are now credited as co-writers alongside Sheeran, Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid.
Burruss and Tiny provided further confirmation by sharing a Tweet about the credit on their Instagram accounts.
“Shape Of You” has proven to be a global phenomenon. In the US, it is about to earn an eighth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also the reigning, multi-week #1 at pop and hot adult contemporary radio.