Try to sing your way out of this one, Robin Thicke.
That incredibly catchy song with some very questionable lyrics just got hit with a massive lawsuit.
Thicke and Pharrell were taken to court last year over claims the pair copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 track Got To Give It Up.
At the time, the “songwriters” fought back against the lawsuit, saying the material was not similar to the original song. But the music gods have spoken, and a judge has found Thicke, Pharrell and rapper T.I. guilty of copyright infringement.
Which means… Marvin Gaye’s family is getting a pretty little payout worth a cool $7.3 million. It’s a pretty decent figure, but considering the song made over $16.5 million, it could be more.
“Right now, I feel free,” Marvin Gaye’s daughter, Nona Gaye, said after the decision was made.
“Free from … Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
Listen to the two songs and see whether you can tell the similarities. Post continues after video.
Thicke and Williams tried their best to defend their song, but when the two tracks were played in court, even Williams admitted they were very similar.
““It sounds like you’re playing the same thing,” he said, then tried to say they didn’t copy Gaye’s original song.
Justice, finally, for Gaye’s family.