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Robin Thicke, Pharrell & T.I. Defend The Blurred Lines Of A Lawsuit From Marvin Gaye's Family!

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You know the song of the summer isn't really the song of the summer if there isn't some dramz involved!

And Blurred Lines has got buckets full of dramz because Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. are being sued over it!

The boyz aren't being sued over the controversy attached to the summer hit, instead it's the alleged similarities it has to some of Marvin Gaye's work that is stirring the pot of boiling trouble.

Marvin's family and Bridgeport Music, which owns some of Funkadelic's work, claim the song sounds an awful lot like two songs already out there. They not only claim Blurred Lines has the same "feel" and "sound" of Marvin's Got to Give It Up, but they also claim it's similar to Funkadelic's Sexy Ways!

But the boyz of summer aren't giving in just like that. They've apparently responded to the lawsuit and commented:

"Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, Blurred Lines, copies 'their' compositions … But there are no similarities between plaintiffs' composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements. Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else's composition."

Robin, Pharrell and T.I. are apparently now seeking a declaration in this case that their song is an original, and that just because it has a sound reminiscent of an era doesn't mean it is a copycat.

And we suspect they've got a pretty good case going considering former Funkadelic leader George Clinton is backing the boyz up! He tweeted:

Talk about friends in high places!

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5 comments to “Robin Thicke, Pharrell & T.I. Defend The Blurred Lines Of A Lawsuit From Marvin Gaye's Family!”

  1. fid says – reply to this


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    Sure they have the same "feel" but isn't that the point of having genre's of music. Yes a lot of classical music, reggae, rap, pop is going to have the "same feel". The songs do not sound familiar to me. Sounds like the family members are looking for a pay day.

  2. Linda says – reply to this


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    Are they serious saying it has no similarities? Are we hearing the same song, because it absolutely does sound very similar. So much so that I thought it was an actual sample of Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." They definitely owe the family royalties from this song.

  3. Jose says – reply to this


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    Linda I agree 100% with your comment. The first time I heard "Blurred Lines" I thought "this song sounds a lot like "Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye.
    I was a teenager when "Got To Give It Up" came out so I know the song very well. :)

  4. mouse says – reply to this


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    So Marvin Gaye's dad killed him because of his "sinful music" and now the rest of the family wants to bank off of it decades later? Somehow that is not completely surprising. Fuckers.

  5. edie j anderson says – reply to this


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    I cannot comment on "Sexy Ways" because I never heard it. (Oh Did you offer George the 6 figures?) Thicke is saying his song is an original what a laugh. Every song that I know of by Thicke has Marvin's groove. Got to Give It Up was not an era it was a song. THE song that made everybody dance… That is why it was so special and still is. Thicke is a thief, in my opinion and it's a shame, he could have just signed the family on for royalties and gave Marvin his props and go on to the next Marvin Gaye sounding song. But no …he wants to make Marvin's groove his own …like we don't hear what we hear. Soon he will realize what a huge mistake that was. Why be greedy, how much money can one man have. Again I encourage the Gaye family to fight this with every thing they have. Marvin would. I am a life long fan of Marvin's …he's in my dna…and there are MILLIONS just like me. I think the idea of Robin Thicke stealing money from Marvin's kids after he's build his entire career trying to be Marvin is just MORALLY OBSCENE.