There's no doubt that the song of the summer has been Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." First there was the controvery over his video's naked gyrating young models. Then there was the lyrics, which some said were condoning rape, earning the song the nickname "Rapey." All of this, of course, just made the single sell even more. And now for the latest controversy! Robin Thicke is so tired of being told that his song rips off Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" that he's suing Gaye's estate. Even though, you know, Gaye's estate isn't suing him. Ohhhhkaaaay. Talk about blurred lines.
Thicke and his collaborator, Pharrell Williams, filed a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's estate asking a federal judge to determine that "Blurred Lines" does not copy elements of "Got to Give It Up." They also want the judge to say that they didn't copy Funkadelic's "Sexy Ways."
Well, at least now we know which songs Robin copied. Haha, kidding, Robin! Don't sue me!
Still, it wasn't Robin and crew that launched the first copycat claims. It was Marvin Gaye's estate, who noted the similarities and demanded compensation. But Thicke and Pharrell are saying that Gaye's estate has no ownership over a genre.
These things can be really hard to prove. A lot of songs sound alike, because, let's face it, there's only so many chord progressions and melodies to go around. Add in the fact that a musical artist may be steeped in certain influences, and songs could come out sounding remarkably similar without the person who "stole" the song even quite realizing it.
These songs do sound similar, there's no doubt about it. But was it intentional? That'll be for a judge to decide. I'm a huge Marvin Gaye fan, and really, there is just no comparison between him and Thicke. Gaye is a genius. Maybe his estate should just look at it as being flattering. Isn't that what Madonna did with Lady Gaga?
Here's Gaye's song. Take a listen. (If you want a wild experience, play them at the same time! It quickly becomes apparent that they were almost made for a duet.) You know you want it!
And here's Robin's:
Which do you like better? Do you think they sound alike?
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