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Now in its second week, the “Blurred Lines” trial has had some interesting revelations.
One thing that was made public in the Marvin Gaye family trial against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and T.I. over the song “Blurred Lines,” is actually how much money the track made. According to an accounting statement “Blurred Lines” saw $16,675,690 in profits. The song, which the Gaye family says is a rip off of a Marvin Gaye tune, was the biggest hit of 2013.
And here’s what each artist involved made off the track. According to testimony, Thicke received $5,658,214. Pharrell got $5,153,457 ($4.3 million in publishing royalties and $860,000 in producer royalties). T.I. got $704,774. The rest went to the record companies (Interscope, UMG Distribution and Star Trak) but an executive at Universal Music testified that overhead costs on the creation of “Blurred Lines” accounted for $6.9 million, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The singer’s children Frankie and Nona Gaye say the deserve the money because Thicke’s song is alleged to be a copyright infringement of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” But the family wants more than just money from the song, they want a piece of what Thicke earned singing the song on tour. According to testimony, this amounts to about $11 million.
An on top of this, the Gayes want actual damages, or an amount of money to compensate the Gayes for a reduction of the fair market value of the worth of licensing “Got to Give It Up.” An accountant for the Gayes testified that the total publishing revenue for “Blurred Lines” is just more than $8 million, and that the Gayes would have negotiated for a 50 percent cut.
The attorney representing the Gayes, Richard Busch, claims the alleged damages are approximately $40 million.
This has been one long fought legal battle but finally the trial has opened over the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit between Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and members of the Marvin Gaye family. All parties were on hand at a Los Angeles federal courtroom earlier this week for the start of the copyright infringement trial.
It’s been a messy lawsuit thus far, with allegations going back and forth. And just earlier this year came word that Paula Patton, ex-wife of Thicke, may be called to testify over whether her estranged hubby stole his hit “Blurred Lines” from a Marvin Gaye tune.
Even before the trial started there was controversy as some potential jurors asked to be released because they were offended over the sexual nature of the lyrics and video for “Blurred Lines.”
“I have two young daughters,” said one prospective juror, a teacher, who told the judge the video would affect her judgment. “I’m trying to raise them to be empowered and not use their sexuality to sell things,” she said before being dismissed.
The jury is made up of five women and three men.
The legal fight goes back to 2013, when Thicke, Williams and T.I. sued Gaye’s family to get a declaration that the multi-platinum hit wasn’t a rip-off of Gaye’s copyright. But the singer’s children Frankie and Nona Gaye counterclaimed, and accused the trio not only of infringing on Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” but also of turning Gaye’s “After the Dance” into Thicke’s “Love After War.” Patton co-wrote “Love After War”with Thicke.
Thicke, T.I. and Williams are supposed to testify with the trial is expected to take eight days.
Gaye family’s attorney Richard Busch in his opening statement brought up the fact that in his somewhat wacky deposition, Thicke claimed he lied in interviews about writing “Blurred Lines” and that he was drunk and high on Vicodin at the time. So much so his memory about how the song came about is well, blurry.
But Thicke and Williams’ attorney Howard King countered in his opening statement that jurors should take the depositions seriously, not the media interviews.
“You’re obviously going to hear details that are embarrassing about Mr. Thicke’s personal life. But what you’re going to hear is that Mr. Thicke did not write that song [‘Blurred Lines’],” said King. “He was supposed to be in the studio with Mr. Williams, because that’s the way Mr. Williams likes it, to have the artist there, but it came to 10 at night and Mr. Thicke was nowhere to be found. Mr. Williams sat down and wrote the song, wrote the music, in an hour.”
Both attorneys gave estimates of potential damages, with Busch claiming that the musicians’ profits from the track totaled about $40 million and the Gayes were due around half of that. King however said the song was nowhere near that profitable, reports Billboard.
The trial will continue on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
UPDATE: News reports say Thicke actually busted out a piano and sang a few bars from a few songs including U2’s “With or Without You” and “Let It Be” by The Beatles to show similarities between them. The Hollywood Reporter has more info on the legal strategy.
2014 was another big year.. another big year in celebrity ratchetness, that is. MadameNoire had to recap the many celebrities who showed their behinds this year.
If MN forgot any these “significant” moments that made you put your palm to your face, let us know in the comment section below. Yep, there was plenty of it in 2014, but here’s 15 of the most ratchet moments.
In a ruling announced yesterday, a California judge found Marvin Gaye’s family gave significant evidence that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has similar content to Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” denying Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s motion for a summary judgment that would imply that Gaye’s family was seeking to take ownership of a whole genre of music.
Judge John Kronstadt ruled that the Gaye Family “made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”
A summary judgment would mean that “Blurred Lines” hadn’t infringed on anything. Instead, the judge has set up a case that could be one of the biggest in copyright infringement ever.
Pharrell and Thicke filed their lawsuit in September 2014 after they received threats from the Gaye family. Gaye’s family claimed Thicke has a “Marvin Gaye fixation” and infringed with a second song, titled “Love After War” from Gaye’s “After the Dance.”
Reports state that the Gaye family’s evidence consisted of a detailed musical comparison of the songs, breaking it down to notes, bars, phrases and melodies. All of that are expressions that can be legally protected.
Judge Kronstadt’s decision was influenced by Thicke’s depositions comments where he reveals that he lied to the media about being influenced by Gaye and being in the studio while “Blurred Lines” was created.
Williams and Thicke’s attorney Howard King played down the significance of the ruling, saying that the opinions of multiple musicologists opened the door for further adjudication.
King also noted, Sandy Wilbur who served as the case’s musicologist testified that there were no two consecutive notes in the two songs being investigated. “We are gratified that the ruling significantly limits the issues going forward by finding that the Gaye’s cannot assert any infringement claim for elements not included in the sheet music deposited with the copyright office, which effectively eliminates five of their eight claimed similarities,” he continued.
The trial is scheduled for February 10, 2015. Do you think the judge should have denied Williams and Thicke’s motion?
We will keep you up to date with any updates from this case.
Has Paula Patton move on already? According to RapRadar, the gorgeous actress has moved on! After announcing she has officially filed for divorce from husband Robin Thicke, rumors are flying that Paula has a new man. Her new man is Zak Waters, a musician from LA, who has also moved into her Calabasas home.
RapRadar is reporting that a close friend of Patton’s says, “Zak moved in with her a couple of weeks ago. They are very happy together and he treats her how she deserves to be treated.”
Zak also posted the following picture on his Instagram. If the rumors are true, we’re sure Robin Thicke is somewhere sulking. The couple, who were high school sweethearts, divorced after 9 years of marriage. Thicke was reportedly a serial cheater during their marriage. It looks like Paula has gotten her groove back! Go P!
My new view
We told you back in February that Paula Patton and Robin Thicke were separating, and the news definitely shocked everyone. But after months of performances and an album dedicated to Patton while she stayed silent on the state of their relationship, TMZ says that Patton has finally decided to file for divorce.
According to TMZ, Patton filed today in LA and is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their son, Julian Fuego, who is 4. In the papers, she filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, though there was all kind of talk for months of Thicke stepping out on Patton once that “Blurred Lines” fame got to his head.
But the good news (I guess) is that TMZ says the divorce is not a bitter one, so splitting up the couple’s assets won’t be an ugly thing.
When speaking to Vanity Fair earlier in the year about what she thought she would do about her marriage, Patton said she had no clue, but she will always love Thicke.
“We’ve known each other since we were teenagers. All I can tell you is there’s a deep love there—always was, and always will be.”
Sad to see these two go their separate ways, but we wish them both the best of luck in love in the future.
With another celebrity coming forth and saying that he nearly lost everything due to alcoholism, MadameNoire compiled a list of 15 more celebrities who almost lost everything or unfortunately worst, their lives because they couldn’t put down the bottle.
As you know, Thicke was battling Marvin Gaye’s family. They argued that he and Pharrell stole chords from Gaye’s famous song, “Got To Give It Up” for their hit song “Blurred Lines.” Robin Thicke and Pharrell argued that while the song was inspired by “Got To Give It Up,” it was distinguishably different.
You knew all of this. But now Thicke’s testimony, as recorded in the deposition, is coming forward. And apparently, while his career was thriving, his personal life was in disarray.
When the lawyer for the Gaye family asked if he was present when Pharrell created “Blurred Lines,” Thicke responded: “I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio.” So while he was there and was able to lay down the vocals, he wasn’t exactly present.
Then he said, “The reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.”
During the case, lawyers brought up the fact that in a GQ interview, Thicke admitted that “Blurred Lines” was at least inspired by “Got To Give It Up,” saying “Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” I was like, ‘Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.’
It’s pretty damning. And when he was questioned about it, Thicke said, “With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year.” Including that interview with Oprah where he dismissed his hand on another’s behind saying, “Let’s just say, everybody had fun that night.”
Thicke went into detail saying, “Every day, I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”
Robin says he’s drug free now. “I’ve been sober for the last 2 months…When your wife leaves you, it gives you good reason to sober up.”
But later in the deposition, he contradicts himself saying that while he no longer takes Vicodin, he does still drink.
Sigh… this is sad.
We’re hoping Robin finds some type of way to come up out all of this .
The battle between Marvin Gaye’s family and Robin Thicke isn’t over. Although in January the family settled a part of their lawsuit with Sony/ATV over the similarities between Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” the lawsuit, which also names producer Pharrell Williams and T.I., was far from over. And it just got even more interesting.
Gaye’s children added a new twist to their evidence. They delivered a “Blurred Lines/Got to Give It Up” mashup to a California federal judge. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III have now filed their summary judgment papers, directing the judge to recorded depositions and media interviews given by producer Pharrell and singer Thicke. Additionally, they submitted an audio mashup to serve as “concrete musical illustrations of the substantial similarities” between the two songs.
This could be “quite possibly the first time ever in a courtroom that a mash-up has been exploited to prove copyright infringement,” reports THR.
In the mashup, the vocals of “Blurred Lines” plays over the instrumental of “Got to Give It Up,” and then vice versa. “This material sounds like a perfect, natural match because it blends sonically,” says the summary judgment memorandum.
The Gayes also presented two expert musicologists describing eight substantial similarities: “(1) the signature phrase in the main vocal melodies; (2) the hooks; (3) the hooks with backup vocals; (4) the core theme in ‘Blurred Lines’ and backup hook in ‘Got to Give it Up’; (5) the backup hooks; (6) the bass melodies; (7) the keyboard parts; and (8) the unusual percussion choices,” reports Black America Web.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty, in a preemptive strike, the plaintiffs instead described these as “unprotectable, commonplace ideas,” but the counterclaimants retort they are distinctive. Take the bass melodies, for instance. Both songs are said by the musicologists to have “two-measure phrases, which leave space in the middle of each of the bars, rhythms, and points of harmonic arrival. This is not simply an element of a genre, as it is unusual to have bass lines in R&B that leave this much space in the middle of the bar.”
A jury trial is not scheduled until Feb. 10, 2015.
Take a listen. What do you think?
A majority of the music we were jamming to in the late ’80s and early ’90s we can thank Teddy Riley for. One of the big New Jack Swing producers of the time, Riley made hits for all your favorite artists. Jams for Heavy D. “Remember The Time” for Michael Jackson? Yeah, that was him. He also collaborated with Jay Z (“City is Mine”). And it should be known that all Guy songs and Blackstreet jams (“No Diggity” anyone?) were brought to fruition with the help of Riley. He’s a genius really. And while we knew he was behind some major hits, there are others we found out about that surprised us, like the following songs:
“It’s In The Mornin'” by Robin Thicke feat. Snoop Dogg
The song, off of Thicke’s Sex Therapy: The Session album 2009), was probably the biggest hit on the CD next to the song the album is named after. It was the anthem for those who enjoy fooling around first thing in the morning.