A Los Angeles jury decided Tuesday that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ripped off Marvin Gaye with their mega-hit “Blurred Lines.”
Jury members found way too many similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give It Up.”
Can you hear the similarities? Here’s a YouTube mash-up of the two songs posted in November 2013 by YouTube user Josh Chesterfield, who wrote, “I thought this would help people decide where they stand on the Robin Thicke plagiarism debate which the Gaye family are taking to court.”
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After Tuesday’s ruling, which awarded Gaye’s family $7.3 million, a rep for Pharrell told TMZ that “Blurred Lines” was “created from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else.”
Pharrell’s folks are reviewing the ruling, as are Marvin Gaye fans who posted responses such as this one on this YouTube video Tuesday: “Hearing the songs side by side like this you can hear a lot of elements that are similar right down to the looped yell and even the manner of use of the cowbell.”