Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke might have lost their ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit just yesterday, but Marvin Gaye’s family are already claiming that another of Pharrell’s songs is *pretty* similar to one of Marvin’s classics.
Don’t worry though, because the family have revealed that they don’t want to return to the courtroom just yet, even hinting that they’d quite like the ‘Happy’ singer himself to perform at a tribute show.
Every cloud has a silver lining, right Pharrell?
Yesterday, a Los Angeles jury found that the ‘Blurred Lines’ hitmakers DID rip off Marvin’s 1977 hit, ordering them to pay his children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III a whopping $7.3 million in compensation.
Broken down, that’s $1.6 million from Pharrell and $1.7 million from Robin to cover compensation for loss of profits, with the other $4 million awarded for damages.
Speaking in an interview after ther verdict was announced, Marvin’s ex-wife Janis, along with his children, explained how they felt following their win.
Janis told entertainment Tonight: “I lost it. I was filled with incredibly powerful emotion.”
They also explained that they don’t hold a grudge against 41-year-old Pharrell because they “know good people do bad things.”
In fact, they’d actually quite like him to perform at a tribute show for Marvin himself, which is lovely.
However, that’s not the end of this saga just yet, as they now claim Pharrell’s hit ‘Happy’ (yep, the one that’s catchier than the common cold) sounds remarkably similar to Marvin’s song ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’.
And so it continues.
Marvin’s daughter Nona revealed: “I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike.”
Luckily though, Marvin’s daughter Nona has reassured us that they won’t be rushing back to the courtroom anytime soon, because they’re “not in that space.”
In fact, the ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit itself is not quite as finished as we thought, as Pharrell and Robin’s lawyer Howard E. King has revealed that he would be appealing the jury’s verdict.
Speaking to FOX business News, he said: “We owe it to song writers around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand.
“My clients know that they wrote the song ‘Blurred Lines’ from their hearts and souls and no other source. We are going to exercise every post trial remedy we have to make sure this verdict does not stand. We look at it as being in the seventh inning of a game that could go into extra innings.”
Speaking about the possibility of a ‘Happy’ lawsuit, Howard added: “Pharrell has readily admitted that Marvin Gaye is one of his idols, but it’s silk and rayon.
“If this is the way the law is going to go, then the creator of rayon better look behind him for lawsuits from the owners of silk, because, even though they feel the same they are structurally, completely different just like these songs.”
Watch this space.
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