A jury in California decided on Wednesday that "Blurred Lines," the Marvin Gaye-ripoff pop track that poisoned the 2013 summer radiowaves with advocacy for ignorance over sexual consent, will cost songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams a $7.3 million payout to the Gaye family. Good. Fuck that song.
Want to hate Robin Thicke even more than you already do? OK, here you go: The Hollywood Reporter got its hands on transcripts of his and Pharrell Williams from their preemptive lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's children, who threatened to sue over the sonic similarities between Thicke and Williams "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." In his testimony, Thicke admits that he was "high on Vicodin and alcohol" during the creation of the song, and that he received undue credit (he's listed ahead of Williams as a songwriter).
Robin Thicke has tried to move on from the controversy over "Blurred Lines," releasing a smash-hit plea for his wife to take him back (54 copies sold in Australia!), but Thicke's biggest hit is still right in the sweet spot for a Weird Al parody. Replace the naked models with sexy punctuation and the possessiveness with possessives, and you've got "Word Crimes."
Pharrell is America's darling, but even as his ageless face melts our hearts there is still the pesky problem of "Blurred Lines," the controversial mega-smash he co-wrote with Robin Thicke that has been called, in a word, "rapey." Yesterday he was asked about the song's lyrics on the UK's Channel 4 News, and his defense wasn't exactly convincing.
A Florida man has been arrested is accused of striking an underage victim with a 30-inch metal switch to the tune of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Steven Grady Fillingim, 40, of Pensacola was booked into the Escambia County Jail on three counts of cruelty towards a child and is currently being held without bond.
The lawsuit over the song of the summer just got a little hotter: Marvin Gaye's family reportedly turned down a six-figure settlement and have decided to continue with a planned lawsuit, believing that a court will find that "Blurred Lines" is a blatant ripoff of Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" (it kind of is).
It's Friday, dammit, and you know what that means.