THE FAMILY of Marvin Gaye has been awarded $7.4 million after a jury ruled Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied it to create hit song Blurred Lines. But just how similar are the songs? Listen here to find out.
Gaye’s daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was read and was hugged by her lawyer.
“Right now, I feel free,” she said outside court. “Free from... Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
Blurred Lines has sold more than 7.3 million copies in the US alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. It earned a Grammy Awards nomination and netted Williams and Thicke millions of dollars.
The case was a struggle between two of music’s biggest names: Williams has sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his career as a singer-producer, and Gaye performed hits such as Sexual Healing and How Sweet It Is (To be Loved by You) remain popular.
Williams and Thicke are “undoubtedly disappointed”, said their lead lawyer, Howard King.
“They’re unwavering in their absolute conviction that they wrote this song independently,” he said.
Thicke and Williams earned more than $7 million apiece on the song, according to evidence.
Gaye died in April 1984, leaving his children the copyrights to his music.