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?”