Pharrell Talks about Battle Over ‘Blurred Lines’

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  • NEW YORK (AP) — Even though Pharrell is engaged in a battle with Marvin Gaye‘s estate over Robin Thicke‘s megahit “Blurred Lines,” he wants to make one thing clear — he has incredible respect for the late soul legend.

    “I’m a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch,” Pharrell said Thursday night.

    The hit-making singer and producer collaborated with Thicke on the No. 1 smash, which some have said sounds very similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” Last month, Pharrell, Thicke and the song’s other collaborator, T.I., filed a lawsuit asking a judge to determine that it does not copy Gaye’s song and a song by George Clinton. It was a pre-emptive strike against future claims from Gaye’s heirs that the song takes from Gaye’s composition without credit.

    Pharrell told The Associated Press on Thursday night the two songs aren’t similar at all.

    “If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different,” he said on the red carpet during an event for the Calvin Klein Collection during New York Fashion Week.

    Gaye “is the king of all kings, so let’s be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him,” he said. “But anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two. One’s minor and one’s major. And not even in the same key.”

    The Grammy winner has had a huge year; he was also a collaborator on the other big song of the summer, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”

    “I’m thankful. It’s awesome,” he said. “You know, the people are doing it. You know what I mean? They don’t have to, but the fact that they have, it’s a really awesome experience and moment, you know?”

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    4 thoughts on “Pharrell Talks about Battle Over ‘Blurred Lines’

    1. It is offensive that this young man who is a great talent, would come on any medium and tell this blatant lie. This is the same man who said that Justin Timberlake was the next Marvin Gaye! Today’s artist are strangely missing some historical appraisal when it comes to musical history. If the law doesn’t fall on the side of right, I will be shocked. This is what happens when we have open arms to everyone and embrace them within our culture. They like the rattle snake bites irrespective of how ell you embrace them. I predict that Black people will reject Robin Thicke due to his outright dishonesty.

    2. I like both songs and anyone with ears can hear that they sound just alike. Wish Pharrell would just be honest or make no comment at all. But to sit there and just lie like that? Hope Marvin Gaye’s estate prevails in this suit that ROBIN THICKE initiated. Hope Marvin Gaye’s family gets some of that money too because I know Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and TI had to have made a killing.

    3. Pharrell needs to come clean. He knows good and well he and the other two stole that lick from “Got to Give It Up” They’re talented but not that talented to come up with the same rhythm of “Got to Give….” out of thin air. Mark my word….they may get success from this song and others they steal but…their success will be tainted. All success is not good success. We may never hear about their issues and hardships but, if they don’t come clean, they will reap what they sow and all the money in the world won’t help.

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