“It’s Completely Different”: “Blurred Lines” Producer Pharrell Says Song’s Nothing Like “Got To Give It Up”

September 13, 2013  |  


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?

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  • Curious Thinker

    If it wasn’t close enough for people to sue over why did they go to a judge and file a suit proving that their song is “different.” If it’s as big a difference from the Marvin Gaye song as they say it is why go to court preemptively?

  • Chas

    Its clearly inspired by it but it doesn’t sound close enough for the Gayes to get paid for it IMO

  • FromUR2UB

    They may have better been able to make that case HAD THEY NOT OFFERED MONEY TO THE FAMILY. It sounds like they thought the minor / major part of it through, when they were writing the song, too. By the third time I’d heard the song, I kept thinking that it reminded me of something I’d heard before. It just seemed very familiar to me. Then, the next time I heard ‘Got to Give it Up’ on the radio, I thought: that’s it. They’re practically the same song if you remove everything but the beat.

  • Isatu

    Is it me? or does this remind anyone else when Vanilla Ice was trying to say that the beat for Ice Ice Baby was not a rip off from a song that Queen created?

    • Ladybug94

      Well that was blatantly their song..lol He didn’t even try to change a note of it.

  • Andy Hans

    LOL….He really needs to stop.

  • Andy Hans

    I’m going to keep it 100. If I had money to lose behind that, “Blurred Lines” wouldn’t sound like “Got to Give It Up” to me either…lol

  • bluekissess

    This is still a topic?

  • Well he’s the producer of course he’s going to say that.

  • Sunshinegirl

    It may not be the same, but it’s certainly inspired by it! I like the original much better, though.

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  • Pablo E. Lopez

    technically yes…but really…ninja plisss…ok?

  • tee

    It is Marvin Gaye’s song and the fact that these idiot’s filed a lawsuit to protect themselves is totally ridiculous. Just give homage to Marvin Gaye and pay his family for biting his style.

  • folamix

    Strip away lyrics and some of the extras, the basic beat is Marvin’s

  • Nia

    He sound like Vanilla Ice saying Ice Ice Baby didn’t have the same beat as David Bowie’s Under Pressure. They need to give it up! LOL I don’t like that song and the only good thing about it is the beat which is Marvin’s Got To Give It Up!

    • Ladybug94

      Under Pressure is Queen, not David Bowie.