Maggie: Now one of the big names, and big songs, from last night has also been causing some big controversy. Scott Evans explains.
Scott: Hey, thanks, Maggie.
Alright, I want you guys to listen to something. You can shut your eyes if you want, but just listen.
Okay. That is a song you probably all know, Robin Thicke’s hit collab with Pharrell and T.I., Blurred Lines.
Okay, now listen to this. Now, this is a song from more than thirty years ago, Marvin Gaye’s number one hit, Got to Give It Up.
Sound similar? Well, that is the big question.
Called ‘the song of the summer,’ Blurred Lines sold more than 6 million digital copies and held the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for twelve weeks in a row. It was up for three awards at last night’s Grammys. All the attention brought tons of eyes and ears to the song’s similarities to Gaye’s soul classic. Now the family of the 70s music legend says Robin Thicke did more than blur the lines of borrowing a hook, he straight up stole it. Gaye’s son told TMZ:
Marvin Gaye III: If you listen to the music, I’m sure anyone will see the similarities clearly. That’s caused my family a lot of duress, and myself also.
Scott: The family filed a lawsuit saying that Blurred Lines is a blatant rip-off of Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up, and they are suing for copyright infringement.
A copyright gives artists and creators exclusive rights over their works, like songs or paintings. With a few exceptions it means that the work can’t be used by others without the creator’s permission. But one recording artist borrowing from another is not uncommon. Listen to Lady Gaga and Madonna or Katy Perry and Sara Bareilles. Now, Robin Thicke has said he is a Marvin Gaye fan.
In May, in an interview with GQ Magazine, Thicke said he told co-writer Pharrell Williams, quote, ‘We should make something like that, something with that groove,’ referring to Gaye’s Got to Give It Up.
If Robin Thicke is guilty of imitation, Marvin Gaye’s family isn’t flattered and will no doubt seek big bucks.
Scott Evans, Channel One News.
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