Marvin Gaye‘s estate trial against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams is expected to reach a verdict by the end of this week. “Blurred Lines” is accused of having the same vocal melodies, chorus, bass melody, keyboard, and percussion elements of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” While the sound elements’ claim is still under dispute, the Gaye’s other claim that Thicke and Williams’ “Blurred Lines” made over 40 million dollars has been proven wrong.
Song profits are usually kept under wraps, but the profits from “Blurred Lines” were revealed in court yesterday. According to documents, “Blurred Lines” made over $16 million dollars. Thicke and Williams received over $5 million dollars each, and T.I.‘s rap solo earned him a little over $700,000 dollars. The rest of the money was divided amongst the record labels.
The Gaye family may have lost the battle regarding the song’s profits, but their copyright claim still stands firm. In order to support their accusations, the Gaye family believes the R&B singer has an obsession with Marvin Gaye’s music. During the trial, the estate mentioned that Thicke publicly stated his music is inspired by Marvin Gaye. Aside from “Got to Give It Up,” the family also believes Thicke’s “Love After War” was stolen from Gaye’s “After the Dance” record. The Gaye’s hope to prove that Thicke has a history of copying the R&B legend’s music.
Both parties have agreed the two records have similar elements, but Thicke said “Blurred Lines” represents a whole new era and sound in music. The R&B singer said the Gaye estate is trying to claim ownership of an entire genre that they didn’t create. “Blurred Lines” reached Number 1 in fourteen countries including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, and New Zealand. The song was nominated for two Grammy Awards, and sold over 14 million copies.
“Blurred Lines” is the second-best digital single of all time, and the best-selling single of 2013. The music trial will include testimony from Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, the singer’s ex-wife Paula Patton, and T.I. Patton’s testimony will more than likely be in regards to the accusation that “Love After War” was also stolen by Thicke. Consequently, Patton co-wrote the song along with Robin Thicke.
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