It looks like Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke now “Got to Give it Up” to the tune of $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye’s family. A Los Angeles jury found that the duo did in fact infringe on Gaye’s copyright with their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”
In an interview with HipHollywood which was shown in court, Pharrell admitted that he was “inspired” by Marvin and his 1971 hit record.
“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.
Williams remained adamant in court that “Blurred Lines” has the “feel” of “Got to Give it Up,” but pointed out that “feel” does not necessarily equal “infringement.” Following the ruling, his lawyers issued a statement expressing his disappointment in the verdict.
“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
The family originally sought $25 million in alleged damages, though the song reportedly made $16,675,690 in profits – the biggest hit of 2013. According to court documents, $5,658,214 went to Thicke, $5,153,457 to Williams, and $704,774 to T.I.
The Good, Bad And Ug… Less Flattering At The NAACP Image Awards
This year, the NAACP Image Awards were held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As we all know, Dr. King had a dream, and for many on the red carpet it was a dream come true. But unfortunately, there were some nightmares … fashion nightmares.
Here’s our list of then stars who were hot and those who left us bothered. First, let’s start with the hot…
And it doesn’t get hotter than Halle Berry showing half her body. Ms. Berry slayed in this Reem Acra gown reminding then youngin’s that she’s still got it.
And speaking of youngin’s A Wrinkle In Time star Storm Reid may be relatively new to the game, but she showed up on the carpet looking like a vet in this adorable Yanina number.
Yara Shahidi also showed up serving #BlackGirlMagic in this beautiful Vera Wang dress.
And Kerry Washington killed it, also wearing black, in this Michael Kors stunner.
But as we know, with the good comes the bad, and the bad this time around came courtesy…
Danielle Brooks, we love our Orange Is The New Black boo, but this Michael Costello look just didn’t work for her.
We also love Ava DuVernay, but unfortunately this Greta Constatine jumpsuit didn’t have us jumping for joy.
Lil Mama left us wanting more in this navy blue feathery frock … actually it may be her hair that left us disappointed.
And adding to our disappointment was Letoya Luckett wearing a purple gown that had scallops and bows and slits … oh my!
Do you agree with our hots and nots?
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