Hey Hey Hey! Jury Finds Robin Thicke and Pharrell Plagiarized Marvin Gaye On “Blurred Lines” [UPDATED]
Duo got to give it—$7.3 million—up to the Gaye estate.
Today, a jury in Los Angeles found that “Blurred Lines,” the song ostensibly about assault that also managed to violate your ears all summer of 2013, was additionally guilty of lifting its only merits—a catchy hook and melody—directly from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 classic “Got To Give It Up.”
The song, which topped multiple Billboard charts, sold 7.3 million copies, and was nominated for two Grammys (but earned deservedly zero), was a financial hit for Thicke and Williams and earned its creators nearly $16 million total. During the emotional trial, Williams and Thicke were accused of changing their stories throughout, with Thicke trying to set blame on Williams, confessing he didn’t deserve songwriting credit since he was high the whole time of writing and recording.
Full report via the AP, but let’s hope the jury can safely rest and get that damn song out of their heads—we thank you for your service.
Updated: March 10, 5:06 p.m. : In a joint statement, Pharrell, Robin Thicke, and T.I. have responded to today’s decision:
While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. “Blurred Lines” was created from the heart and minds of Pharrell, Robin, and T.I., and not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.