In today’s music bits, the “Blurred Lines” trial is exposing the coinage Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. earned for the hit 2013 single. Also, Tahj Mowry has a new Prince-inspired track. Get it inside…
The trial involving Marvin Gaye’s family having issue with the “Blurred Lines” track continues in a Los Angeles courtroom. You’ll recall, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. fired off a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye’s estate in Sept. 2013, then Gaye’s family hit back with a counter suit as they accuse the entertainers of ripping off Marvin’s classic “Got to Give It Up.”
As the trial continues, new information has surfaced and tea is being spilled about the actual amount of money each artist made for the highly popular song.
So how much did Robin, P & Tip make? Plenty! In fact, the song totaled $16.6 million in profits, according to reports on the Hollywood Reporter.
Court testimony reveals $5,658,214 went to Robin, $5,153,457 was given to P, and $704,774 went to T.I. Each of their respective record labels (Interscope, Star Trek & UMG Distribution) split the leftover $6.9 million with an executive at Universal Music. SONY dodged court and settled with the family (for an undiclosed amount) in January 2014.
Later this week, Pharrell is scheduled to testify before the court which could largely determine whether the Gaye family receives any of the mentioned royalties.
There’s also another song by Robin Thicke in question by the Gaye estate. They claim Robin’s “Love After War” misappropriated Gaye’s “After The Dance.” They want royalties for that track too. The Gayes estate’s financial expert Gary Cohen claims “Love After War” brought in $895,374 in profits and they want their cut of that too!
In all, the Gaye’s are seeking approximately $40 million for alleged damages. SHEESH!
On the music front….
We haven’t heard much from the Mowry sisters’ little brother Tahj Mowry on the music front. But, he has some brand new tunes for the masses.
In the midst of starring on the hit ABC Family series “Baby Daddy,” Tahj drops a Prince-inspired ballad titled “Dancing Along.” The actor/singer croons about his main chick getting in with everyone else in the club, while he’s dancing alone.
It’s reported he will release his first official single “Flirt” on April 28th, followed by the release of his new LP later in the year. In the meantime, check his newest musical offering above.