In case you were not aware, Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. are being sued by Marvin Gaye’s family over their hit song ‘Blurred Lines”. The Gaye family claims that the song is a rip-off of their late father’s song “Got to Give It Up”.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Blurred Lines” made $16,675,690, with Robin Thicke earning $5,658,214, Pharrell $5,153,457 and T.I. $704,774. Reportedly, the record companies collected the remaining amount. THR claims that Gaye’s children are suing the three artists for damages, as well as the profits from both the song itself and tour.
Thicke and Pharrell lost round one of the case in October 2014, when a judge ruled that the prosecution “have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.’” The artists maintained that they did not rip-off the song and the case went to trial in February 2015.
During his deposition, Robin Thicke admitted that Pharrell wrote the entire song. He then went on to claim that he was drunk and high during every interview he gave that year, including interviews during which he discussed that the Marvin Gaye hit inspired “Blurred Lines.” He went on to admit that he was both drunk and high during the recording of the song in the studio.