Producer Pharrell Says “Blurred Lines” Is Not Like Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”
Report from ABCNews
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 on 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 that the two songs are not similar at all.
“If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different,” he said while on the red carpet during an event for the Calvin Klein Collection during 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.”
We don’t really believe him. We saw a video that show slowed down Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ to a Marvin Gaye video of his ‘Got to Give It Up’ from Soul Train. the video replaced Gaye’s song with Robin’s song and you can clearly hear that ‘Blurred Lines’ sounds like a replica of Gaye’s song. We just wish they would face up to it and pay the Gaye family because we don’t think people really believe them.
In report, Thicke admitted he drew heavily on “Got To Give It Up,” in writing and recording, “Blurred Lines,” telling GQ in May “one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’ I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.’