Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and Clifford “T.I.” Harris have filed a lawsuit against the family of the late soul singer Marvin Gaye, for the song-of-the-summer smash hit “Blurred Lines.”
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news late Thursday: Thicke, along with Pharrell Williams and T.I., filed a lawsuit against Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music. In the case, the trio of music makers say they have “the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies,” but must “reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists.”
The suit claims the Gaye family is alleging that “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” “feel” or “sound” the same, and that the “Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”
As for Funkadelic, there’s said to be claimed similarity between Thicke’s hit and Funakedlic’s “Sexy Ways.”
“But there are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements,” states the lawsuit. “Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition
If you listen to Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it UP” and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines (both below), it’s hard to say the songs sound alike.