Pharrell Williams Defends Filing Lawsuit Against Marvin Gaye's Family for 'Blurred Lines'


Pharrell Williams Defends Filing Lawsuit Against Marvin Gaye’s Family for ‘Blurred Lines’

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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Robin Thicke had a huge summer as the singer finally nabbed the biggest hit single of his career in “Blurred Lines.” The song was easily crowned as the “Song of the Summer” and it managed to hold its position on top of the Billboard Charts for several weeks. While many are happy to see Robin succeed and get the recognition his fans feel he should have received a long time ago, his new surge in success isn’t without the drama. As we recently reported, Robin Thicke and the song’s collaborators rapper T.I. and producer Pharrell Williams have all joined together to sue the family of deceased (and very legendary) singer Marvin Gaye.

The lawsuit was filed for protection reasons, as the Gaye family has accused Robin Thicke and the others responsible for making the song by copying Gaye’s popular single “Got to Give It Up.” Marvin Gaye’s son spoke out about the lawsuit and said he felt Robin was being disrespectful because he copied his dad for most of his career and he feels the family should be compensated. Even though the suit filed was supposed to serve as protection just in case the Gaye family decides to sue for copyright infringement, the Gaye family is still considering filing a lawsuit of their own. While some reports suggest Robin offered to settle with a six-figure amount and the Gaye family declined, it does appear that all parties will be heading to court very soon.

Interestingly enough, Pharrell Williams has spoken out about the lawsuit, and although he emphasized he has a lot of respect for Marvin Gaye, he just doesn’t believe “Blurred Lines” is a copy of “Got to Give It Up.” He tells the Associated Press via ABC News during New York Fashion Week:

“If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different. [Gaye] is the king of all kings, so let’s be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him. But anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two. One’s minor and one’s major. And not even in the same key.”

Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.


  1. Anonymous

    September 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Off topic, Nicki looks better with black hair. Beyonce too.

  2. Get Busy

    September 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    The damn songs don’t sound the same. People are doing whatever they can for attention and money. They did the right thing by suing first.

  3. Erica

    September 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    They did the right thing. They had to defend themselves.

  4. Anonymous

    September 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    That song is a ripoff of Marvin Gaye’s song! They are so dirty for this!

  5. Barbee

    September 15, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I think the songs sound too much alike! But oh well, I still like both songs. i hope this doesn’t get too messy.

    • Gabriella

      September 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      I know this is a shameless plug lol but I forgot to ask you did you listen to Janelle Monae’s album.

      • Barbee

        September 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

        Girl I tried but I couldn’t get into it. I don’t really like her music! I feel bad because she seems like a great artist. Her music just isn’t for me.

        • Gabriella

          September 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

          I couldn’t get into it either it is hard to listen to in my opinion. I feel bad because you can tell she worked hard on the album but it’s just not my cup of tea. Out of 19 songs I only liked 2 primetime w/miguel & electric lady everything else I wasn’t feeling.

  6. Xanthia

    September 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Pharrell is right. The songs are very different. I had to listen to both a few times. I think the judge will end up shutting down the Gaye family.

  7. Anonymous

    September 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Robin is a wannabe Marvin Gaye. All he does is still the style of black singers before him. He’s very overrated.

  8. Loopy

    September 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Isn’t this what they all say? This is the same thing Vanilla Ice says when blatantly stole the Under Pressure beat. The first thing I thought when I heard that song was Marvin Gaye. I hated that song and I hate this one too.

  9. Ratchet Queen

    September 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I’m drunk! LOL! Happy NFL Sunday yall!

    • Barbee

      September 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      So random! LOL!

    • Gabriella

      September 15, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Happy Sunday chica! I can just see you feet up with a cold beer. Ha!

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