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Unless you were dead last summer you probably heard “Blurred Lines” about 98 times, and if you’re anything like me, after the 4th time you wished you were dead.
For music lovers though, Robin Thicke’s ode to date rape sounded familiar. The way any Puff Daddy produced song in the 90s sounded – you knew the tone, but the words were different. Thicke’s Blurred Lines hearkened back to something you thought you might have heard before but didn’t. It wasn’t long until the ghosts of Motown showed up and reminded you – it was Marvin Gaye’s Give It Up.
Gaye’s family alleged that Thicke and Pharell had blatantly sampled the song and had infringed the copyright. Pharell argued that he had produced the song himself and it only sounded like Give It Up, but it definitely wasn’t.
After it made national news, the case has been decided in favor of Gaye’s family. We don’t know how much they won in the settlement but I hope that it’s enough to buy an explanation from the Grammy’s as to why Blurred Lines is up for Record of the Year; was Kevin Federline’s Pow Pow Zow not eligible?
Marvin Gaye’s Family Wins In “Blurred Lines” Copyright Case http://t.co/baAUak4r6f
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) January 16, 2014