Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ chances to leave the “Blurred Lines” controversy in 2014 were ruined after a judge ruled the case will continue over claims from Marvin Gaye’s family that the song sounds like the legendary singer’s track, “Got To Give It Up.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Thicke and Williams filed a lawsuit in September 2013 over accusations they stole the song’s origins from the Marvin Gaye track. While Williams, who wrote and produced the chart-topping single says he was inspired by the track, Gaye’s family insists that the song is a rip-off since the melody and bass lines were familiar. The family took their claims a step further with a countersuit. Gaye’s family is suing Thicke over an alleged infatuation with Marvin. They also claim the singer stole another track, “After the Dance” to make his 2012 single, “Love After War.”
The judge sided with Marvin’s family acknowledging that the proof from musicologists and Thicke’s deposition prove the case needs to be thoroughly examined.
Thicke’s single “Blurred Lines,” featuring Williams and T.I. gave the crooner his first No. 1 song and tons of exposure to a mainstream audience. Thicke has yet to achieve the same success; his follow-up, Paula sold 24,000 copies in its first week.
The family of Marvin Gaye also sued EMI, the publishing company behind both artists. Thicke and Williams will face trial for the song in February 2015.
Source: Hollywood Reporter