It was the biggest song of 2013 and made a tidy $16 million profit, but it seems that the controversy surrounding ‘Blurred Lines’ is far from over.
Pharrell Williams, who is being sued by Marvin Gaye’s children for copyright infringement, denied that he had plagiarised the legend’s 1977 hit ‘Got To Give It Up’ as he took to the stand on Wednesday.
Two years after the single was released, and a LOT drama later, the 41-year-old is still having to defend the song he wrote with Robin Thicke and T.I.
And while he completely denied ripping off the singer, Pharrell admitted that the song might have had a 1970s ‘feel’ but that any similarity to Marvin Gaye’s work was totally ‘unconscious.’
Speaking about the writing of the song for more than an hour (yes, really), the star said that Miley Cyrus was probably more of an influence than the soul singer.
Who’d have thought it?!
He told the court: “I had Earl Sweatshirt in one room and Miley Cyrus in the other. I was doing a bunch of country-sounding music with Miley.
“It was like blending this country sound with this up-tempo groove.”
He added: “I must have been channeling that feeling, that late ’70s feeling. Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people. But that doesn’t mean that’s what you were doing.”
Being a big fan of the late Motown singer, Pharrell admitted that the whole thing was hugely upsetting for him.
He told the court: “[Marvin Gaye] is one of the ones we look up to so much. This is the last place I want to be right now. The last thing you want to do as a creator is take something of someone else’s when you love him.”
Although Robin Thicke had a writing credit on the track, it emerged last year that he wasn’t actually involved in penning the lyrics and had *ahem* embellished his role.
Admitting that he took more credit for the song than he actually should have done, Robs said in court: “I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio.
“So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted…I… I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit.”
While both Pharrell and Robin have been left pretty red-faced by the whole debacle, we can’t help thinking that the cool $5 million that they each pocketed probably helped.
Silver linings and all that.
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