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