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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.
Last month, we told you that Robin Thicke was done groveling for another chance with his estranged wife, Paula Patton. Now, the rumor mill is speculating that he has already moved on to another woman. According to MSN’s Celebrity Fix, the “Blurred Lines” singer is seeing actress Katie Holmes.
“She dropped him an email recently to see how he was, knowing he was going through divorce hell,” an insider told New Idea. “And he was so happy to hear from her.”
Apparently, the two plan to get together in New York once Robin’s tour concludes.
“They’ve arranged a date in New York after his tour ends this month. Everyone’s encouraging this as they have so much in common and if anyone can get him over Paula, it’s Katie.”
Sources go on to claim that Katie first met the soul singer during her marriage to Tom Cruise on the set of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” while Paula and Tom were shooting scenes together.
“Robin totally leaned on Katie,” the source continued. “As she was in the same boat with Suri, who was four at the time.”
“She was invaluable with her advice on looking after a new baby. They bonded over tips and music after he heard her sing to Suri.”
We’re not sure how true these rumors are, but do you think Robin and Katie would make a good match?
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We told you last month that Robin Thicke’s camp stated that the singer was giving up all his public bids to get estranged wife Paula Patton back after the performances, the video and the album named after her didn’t seem to work. From then on, the estranged couple put their marital home in LA up for sale, and have continued on with their business separately.
Thicke was recently spotted on a camping trip with his son Julian Fuego, and a young woman who was frolicking with Thicke and the little boy as they played in the water and set up camp in Lake Perris, California. Thicke and the young woman seemed very close and comfortable with one another, and it got rumors started that she might be the new lady in the crooner’s life. It also caused a little controversy because Thicke was supposed to be performing a concert in Indiana the day he was spotted on the beach, but bailed out. However, Thicke’s people are saying that everything isn’t what it seems.
The singer’s reps reached out to TMZ to say that the woman he was spotted with is simply his nanny. Thicke claims that he’s not seeing anyone new and isn’t looking to at the moment. As for why he was a no show at his concert in Indiana but was seen frolicking on the beach in Cali instead, Thicke says that he was dealing with some bad vocal issues. Instead of putting on a bad show, he thought it would be a good idea to rest his voice and instead, spend some time with his boy. So there you have it. Thicke claims that he’s not looking for anything right now, and instead, he’s just trying to bond with Julian. This is good news for me, because I’m still hoping that Thicke and Patton will be able to work things out sooner or later…
With the drama between Apollo Nida and estranged wife Phaedra Parks, MadameNoire complied a list of 15 celebrities who left their men for cheating, lies and schemes. These ladies were fed up with it all and decided to move on with their lives.
Apollo Nida was upset with Parks for not showing up at his sentencing. “She didn’t even turn up for the f****** sentencing,” he said. But when a woman’s fed up, she’s gone. And that’s exactly what happened. It doesn’t seem like their marriage will be able to last the eight years he’ll spend in prison for identity theft and fraud. But regardless of what advice Parks gets, she seems to have made up her mind that their marriage is done. She’s busy trying to take care of herself and two sons with her book, Secrets of the Southern Belle.
If you made millions of dollars how would you use it? Would you buy a fancy car, or the baddest jewels you have ever seen? Every star is different though most enjoy living in a beautiful crib. Guess we would too. Take a look at these 10 celebrity homes that will make you want to upgrade your pad right now.
According to TMZ, Robin Thicke is having a change of heart when it comes to his much ballyhooed sympathy tour (which included the album Paula) and attempts to get Paula Patton back. After putting out an album of songs saying he’s sorry and watching it only sell 24,000 copies in its first week, people in the singer’s camp say he’s throwing in the towel.
The first sign that he was giving up came via the news this week that the couple are selling their L.A. home (which according to TMZ, Patton has not lived in since they separated). Now sources from Thicke’s camp say that although neither party has a divorce lawyer, Thicke has enlisted an attorney to prepare a financial settlement so that the couple can separate their assets peacefully.
However, Thicke’s team does say that even though he’s tired of putting himself out there in an attempt to reconcile, he won’t be the one to file for divorce–Patton will have to make that move and then he will sign.
I wonder if these two sought out counseling or if Patton is really just done with Thicke and the fame he let go to his head after “Blurred Lines”? And while I think the performances and album could have been a nice gesture, all that seemed more for him and his career than for her and their family. But what do you think?
Initially, there was a lot of speculation regarding how permanent the Robin Thicke-Paula Patton split would be. Some even thought their public separation to be a publicity stunt that would give both of their careers a boost. But with album sales for Robin’s heart-wrenching “Paula” album in the toilet and Paula’s last major movie role being “Baggage Claim,” we have no choice but to assume that this probably isn’t the case.
Now, it appears that the couple is making steps towards closing the marital chapter of their lives. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after five months of separation, the estranged couple has put their Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale. The asking price for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom pad is $2.985 million. It originally belonged to Robin’s father, actor Alan Thicke, but was passed down to the R&B crooner in 2005.
As you’ve probably heard at this point, Paula announced her separation from Robin back in February.
“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” she said in an official statement.
Sadly, the announcement came after nearly 10 years of marriage. Earlier this month, Robin spoke about the demise of their union with Hot 97 and he appeared to be assuming most of the blame.
“At this point in our relationship, the only reason we aren’t together are the choices I’ve made,” he confessed.
It looks like it’s really over. We’re wishing both Robin and Paula the best. Hopefully they can take the lessons learned from this experience and avoid making similar mistakes in the future.
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1-800-Flowers, the online flower purveyor, has a special going on right now offering a free download of a Robin Thicke song from his new album “Paula” when you buy one of two bouquets of flowers: the “Forever Love” or “Get Her Back” arrangements. Both are in the “I’m Sorry” category of bouquets.
“Looking for a guaranteed way to get her back?” the company asks. Their answer is the “Get Her Back” bouquet, made of 100 long-stem roses and “[i]nspired by Robin Thicke’s hit single” at a cost of $350.
“We’re sure she’ll get the message,” it continues.
The “Forever Love” bouquet is for someone you haven’t wronged too much: it’s a dozen ($64.99) or 18 long-stem roses ($89.99).
You’ll get the free digital download if you enter the promo code THICKE when you check out.
This is not the way to get anything back. This is actually the opposite of getting her back.
We’ve been in touch with 1-800-Flowers to learn a little more about where this promo came from. It’s unclear from the language on the site whether this is something that’s been worked out with Robin Thicke or something that 1-800-Flowers came up with on their own. We’ll update this story when we hear back.
Uproxx has a lot of fun with the promotion, noting the Twitter Q&A fail recently with the #AskThicke hashtag and the poor sales of the “Paula” album. If this is an attempt to boost sales of the album, it’s questionable. On top of that, if Paula Patton wasn’t won over by the album, the music video, and all of Robin Thicke’s performances, I can’t see her being won over by having some of “her” songs used as a sales promotion.