Marvin Gaye’s Family Not Done with Pharrell Williams Just Yet?

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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke owe Marvin Gaye’s estate over $7 million since a jury declared the pair copied off Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” to create their hit “Blurred Lines,” but now sources are claiming Marvin’s family may not be done with Pharrell just yet.

Apparently the deceased singer’s estate also believes Pharrell may have copied Marvin’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” to create “Happy.”

TIME writes:

Marvin Gaye’s family just won a $7.3 million lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell for ripping off one of his hits in their recent single “Blurred Lines.” But Pharrell’s troubles may not be over — after the win, the family is considering similarities between his 2014 song “Happy” and a different Marvin Gaye single.

“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter, told CBS of Pharell’s “Happy” and Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar.”


When asked if the estate is already planning to go after Pharrell for “Happy” next, Marvin’s ex-wife, Janis Gaye, says it’s too early to say and right now they are just happy about their $7.3 million victory.


  1. I think Blurred Lines sounds like a blatant ripoff but Happy doesn’t. But it’s clear Pharrell went through a stage when all he was listening to was Marvin and his new music reflects it.

  2. Damn what was Pharrell thinking? It’s one thing to be inspired but you can’t be out here copying songs.

  3. The Gaye family is not playing around. I’m just surprised Pharrell stooped so low. It’s not like he can’t make dope original music. He’s built his whole career off that.

  4. Hmm Happy and Ain’t That Peculiar do sound similar. But it’s not as obvious as Blurred Lines was. Pharrell knows better.

  5. Happy isn’t a blatant copy. But you can hear the influence. They won’t win if they take him to court for this one.

    1. I think if they go after him for Happy, they are being greedy. Happy doesn’t sound enough like Marvin’s song to warrant another lawsuit. I think they got a lot of money from Blurred Lines and they should leave it at that.

    2. Same thing I said. This right here is them being greedy! Wait for the appeal, collect your winnings and leave it at that.

  6. Now see I think the Gaye family needs to sit down now but now when I listen to Happy again, I can hear the influence of Marvin’s song. But you can’t sue someone for being influenced. He didn’t copy this time.

  7. Pharrell been in the game for years but didn’t get any credit and awards until he copied off Marvin Gaye. That’s something to think about.

    1. Well tbh Marvin was a musical genius. I can see why Pharrell was so inspired. But I think he decided to be unethical and copy with Blurred Lines because he ran out of ideas. Instead of taking a break and forcing himself to be creative, he rushed and copied someone else’s work. And it cost him $7 million.

  8. I don’t think the blurred lines was copied. It is really similar. The sheet music of got to give it up was presented to the jury and it didn’t sound the same. The lawyer then submitted the actual song got to give it up (the groove included) and now comparing it to the blurred lines song will bare the similarity to be extremely close. I listened to it so many times and will admit that it is close but not the same song. I think what killed the situation is Robin Thicke punkin out on the jury saying that he didn’t write te song and it wasn’t his idea when he was part of the writing and production which is the reason the profits were split equally between them. I think his punk a-s threw his friend under the bus and since he jumped ship the jury said, well if the partner jumped off the boat then it must be copied. No wonder Paula dumped his cheatin a-s. Can’t trust him to stick by you. I’m sure they will appeal this for as many times possible.

    Now as for “ain’t it peculiar and happy. It is two different songs. They need to give that up. They are going to have to keep them day jobs because that money is going to be held up in appeals.

  9. Yea I’m thinking pharrell had a Marvin Gaye month & was inspired to borrow several elements from Marvin’s music.

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