“It’s Completely Different”: “Blurred Lines” Producer Pharrell Says Song’s Nothing Like “Got To Give It Up”
No matter what type of music you like, I think we can all agree that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the song of the summer. The track, which reached more than 240 million listeners on the radio and was number one in 14 countries, has propelled Thicke’s career to the next level. However, it has also brought him some controversy. As you know, the family of Marvin Gaye has said that the song is a derivative of Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” and that Thicke has made a career out of biting the style of the music legend. Because of all that talk, Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. filed a lawsuit against the family in order to protect themselves from possibly being sued by them for money for copyright infringement, and things have been ugly ever since.
So what does Pharrell Williams, the man who produced the track and created its popular beat, have to say about the comparisons between the two songs? In a quick interview with ABC News while on the red carpet for an event for the Calvin Klein Collection in New York, the famous producer says that he has much love and respect for Marvin Gaye, but anybody who knows and plays music can tell the songs are “completely different.”
“I’m a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch.
If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different. [Gaye] is the king of all kings, so let’s be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him. But anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two. One’s minor and one’s major. And not even in the same key.”
I’ve always joked about the two tracks being the same exact song, but in reality, while “Blurred Lines” is clearly inspired by “Got To Give It Up,” they really are much different. But that’s just my opinion. What do you think?