An LA jury has decided that Robin Thicke ripped off Marvin Gaye‘s ’77 hit Got to Give It Up when he wrote the smash hit Blurred Lines with Pharrell Williams and T.I.. They were ordered to pay the Gaye family $7.3 million as part of the ruling. A spokesperson for Pharrell told Rolling Stone:
“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Pharrell created Blurred Lines from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”
The Gayes’ lawyers were seeking $25 million in damages. Thicke and Williams’ lawyer asked the jury:
“Why would Mr. Williams need to copy anyone to create a hit?”
Why indeed? Check out the mash-up below and listen for yourself.
(via Rolling Stone)