Not So ‘Happy’: Marvin Gaye’s Family Considering Suing Pharrell Williams…Again

Published: Thursday 12th Mar 2015 by Rashad
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Hitmaker Pharrell Williams’ 2015 came in with a bang as he was able to celebrate two consecutive year-end chart-toppers with Robin Thicke‘s ‘Blurred Lines’ (2013) and his own ‘Happy’ (2014).

This week, however, brought with it news that certainly didn’t bring a smile to Williams face after he, Thicke, and Sony were found liable for ripping off Marvin Gaye‘s hit single ‘Got To Give It Up’ – a misstep that cost the trio a hefty $7 million.

But, if Gaye’s family has their way, that price tag may only the beginning.  See more below:

Via The Grio:

“…when asked about similarities others have pointed out between Pharell’s hit song ‘Happy’ and ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’, a Marvin Gaye classic, the family just isn’t thinking about going down that legal road again. At least, not right now.

“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” Nona Gaye, Marvin’s 40-year-old daughter, said of the two songs. But she quickly added, “We’re not in that space.”

Nona goes on to weigh in on “inspiration” vs. swagger-jacking [in regards to ‘Blurred Lines’]:

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being inspired. I’ve been inspired when I made music before. Inspiration’s fine, but the line is when you decide to take the complete and utter essence out of the song. When you take all the meat, and leave the bones. “

“When I first heard that he [Williams] had said he did it [wrote the song] in an hour, my first thought was, ‘That’s because it was already done in 1977.’” Janis [Gaye’s ex-wife] added. “So why would it take you any longer than 20 minutes… to redo something that had already been done 40 years earlier?”

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  1. Edna March 12, 2015

    Her statement at the end almost got me fired. Lol

    • Lana Del Fan *I Can Hear The Sirens* March 12, 2015

      Rofl yesss, the read was on point

  2. Molly March 12, 2015

    They need to sit their happy asses down.

    • Tony loves them all March 12, 2015

      Girl, shut up!

      Pharrell is a NEW black,
      He deserves it.

      You want to profit off black people, but you won’t support them when they need you? *tilts head

  3. Bitchplease March 12, 2015

    Someone trust fund is running out so they go for a backup plan. Lmfao

  4. Lana Del Fan *I Can Hear The Sirens* March 12, 2015

    Similar. I like pharell but if you stole from an artist once, why woukdnt you do it again? Will I am did this crap too.

  5. Satsuki K. March 12, 2015

    Pfff what a bunch of leeches suing everybody just because one song sounds kinda funky b**** it was the 70’s every songs sounded the same

  6. Mark111 March 12, 2015

    If you use the same instruments, it’s not taking imo. So many songs and beats sound alike, there’s even Off The Wall MJ songs that sounds like Gaye’s. If your music is a 70’s style, you’re going to sound like songs from the 70’s. Sampling vs inspiration, thin line, but worlds apart imo. So will Iggy get sued by DJ Mustard for her knockout mustard beat?

  7. TheElusiveLamb March 12, 2015

    I heard the major similarities in Blurred Lines and Got To Give it Up. In fact, when I first heard it, I thought it was done by a sample. However, Pharrell said that he was going for that sound, so I assumed the Marvin Gaye dynasty knew of this. Then this happened… As for Happy though, I don’t hear it. I think they’ll wait to sue when they finish spending the first 7 million lol. They could win the second time, bc as mentioned above, if you steal once from an artist, why wouldn’t you do it again?

    • Mark111 March 12, 2015

      Love your avi btw. My god she was so beautiful.

      • TheElusiveLamb March 12, 2015

        Lol it actually does similar. And yes, Aaliyah was the most exalted one in beauty of all female artists. Her face is unbelievably GORGEOUS.

  8. No favs, just here for the music March 12, 2015

    Lol and smh. Poor Pharrell, he will never listen to another Marvin Gaye song again lmao

  9. FutureCIARA March 12, 2015

    This is what happens when you dont do business right, or legally!
    They should sue as many times as they can, Pharrel knew better. And they must pay up! Too much stealing going on! And they knew they were going to lose, Since thats the sound Pharrell was going for anyway! They should have settled out of court like Beyonce always does….. This wouldnt be making headlines if they did that.

    Hell I need to find somebody I can sue and cash tf out!

  10. March 12, 2015

    when it rains.

  11. Stephy. March 12, 2015

    Everyone steals songs. Madonna, Michael, Mariah, Lauryn Hill etc… All have lawsuits against them claiming they stole something. lol.

    • Lmfao_Hoe March 12, 2015

      Girl bye. Mariah won for Hero, Michael won Dangerous (the song) and Lauryn Hill issue was about crediting. Now Madonna, that’s something I’ll leave out lol

      • Stephy. March 12, 2015

        I agree. But, I was just stating that all big artist gets accused of stealing songs..

    • nicko March 12, 2015

      No, Nic’s music is totally different from Kim’s.

    • AnnaMaeKeatingsNewWig March 12, 2015

      LOL are you legit going to post that on every thread, even if there is no mention of Nicki?

      • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. March 12, 2015

        Are your mother’s walls ever going to be repaired after being ran train on by every crack smoking ni99a in the hood?

  12. J March 12, 2015

    Ridiculous. So many songs from that same era have the same sound. That was a sound that he stole from, not just that one song.

    If this is going to be a trend, then every other person making dance music or reggaeton should sue each other because they sound “similar.” So stupid.

  13. Danny bey March 12, 2015

    Ok they need to get a grip now. Yes Marvin was a highly influential part of 70s music, but he was NOT the only one. He did not define the genre. But he did master it. With that said, they need to understand that Pharell and a lot of other artists’ style these days takes after 70s music. So not every song that’s has an old school vibe or 70s style is a rip off a Marvin Gaye song. Cuz if that’s the case then every person that has made music reminiscent of an older decade should be sued for ripping off Michael Jackson, or The Temptations, or Billoe Holliday, etc etc. like sitcha ass down and stop overthinking this. It’s so annoying

  14. FutureCIARA March 12, 2015

    I love how all of a sudden everybody here has a law degree of some sorts, If it wasnt stealing then they would have lost the case. The judge made the final decision and they must pay up! stop acting as if this doesn’t happen all the time.

  15. @rihicon March 12, 2015

    she read him for filth at the end

  16. Sherry March 12, 2015

    Wow I didn’t know TGJ has so many lawyers! The COURTS made their decision. I would’ve sued too. It’s all apart of business.

  17. Musika March 12, 2015

    Its all about the money…all about the money

  18. XXX March 12, 2015

    They need to sit all the way down

  19. Casual-T March 12, 2015

    The Gaye estate will lose on appeal. You canNOT successfully sue for copyright infringement for swagger-jacking a sound. Blurred Lines did not sample Got to Give It Up, nor did BL directly copy the melody. And there is absolutely no similarity between Happy and Ain’t That Peculiar.

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