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Exclusive: Pharrell Williams Admits ‘Blurred Lines’ Was Inspired By Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up’

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Robin Thicke just can’t catch a break when it comes to his hit, “Blurred Lines.”

Two of Marvin Gaye’s children have filed a countersuit against Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging that the song plagiarized Gaye’s classic hit, “Got To Give It Up.”

According to the suit, Frankie and Nona Gaye claim that the trio are guilty of “blatant copying of a constellation of distinctive and significant compositional elements of Marvin Gaye’s classic No. 1 song.”

HipHollywood recently caught up with Pharrell Williams to talk about his film Despicable Me 2, and that’s when the producer revealed that they did not sample Gaye’s song, but that they were definitely inspired by the classic.

“No sample,” he told HipHollywood. “What I tried to do was I tried to take the feeling that “Got To Give It Up” gave me. But I also tried to blend in Southern White Baptist harmonies on the chorus, and then sex is always a good element to inject in anything,” he said.

According to the suit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Gaye’s family also accuses Thicke of wrongfully using Gaye’s song “After the Dance” in his track, “Love After War,” claiming that the song has “a similar chorus, hook melody and more with Gaye’s “After the Dance.”

The family is also alleging that Gaye’s music publisher EMI did not protect their father’s music, claiming that the company should have pursued a copyright infringement claim.

You might remember back in August, Thicke, Williams, and T.I filed a suit suggesting that “Blurred Lines” was different than Marvin’s hit. The boys asked a judge to rule that they did not jack “Got to Give It Up” for their controversial hit.

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  1. Michael Stanton

    November 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    pharrell says inspired, I say copied. tomato toMAHto….

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EXCLUSIVES

It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere

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Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

ย (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

ย Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “workย with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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