So what do you think? Does the song-of-the-summer “Blurred Lines” sound like this Marvin Gaye classic from the 1970s, “Got to Give it Up”?
Well, Marvin Gaye’s family certainly think the two sound alike, so alike they have filed suit against Thicke. The Hollywood Reporter reports:
Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.
The Reporter also got their hands on the court docs:
A New York Times review of “Blurred Lines” when it was released cited the similarities between the two songs:
“Blurred Lines” is influenced heavily by Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” and even with the producer Pharrell Williams’s clean, large drums and a sizzling, naughty guest rap by T.I., Mr. Thicke can’t help himself — he loves yesterday way more than today.
Also named in the lawsuit are uber-producer Pharrell Williams and singer T.I., or Clifton Harris Jr. to his friends.