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“We Don’t Get A Dime” Marvin Gaye’s Sisters Want Some Of $7.4 Million

March 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If you had any doubt that the Gaye family was just trying to get a quick buck suing Pharrell and Robin Thicke for “Blurred Lines,” you need look no further than Marvin Gaye’s sisters Zeola and Jeanne Gaye who are now upset that they won’t be seeing a dime from the $7.4 million dollar fortune Gaye’s ex wife and children will soon inherit.

The sisters told The Daily Mail that they haven’t received anything from the estate and they have actually been banned from performing any of Marvin’s music, even though Zeola is one of the women doing the ad-libs for “Got to Give It Up.”

The drama started…or resurfaced shortly after the settlement when Jan Gaye, Marvin’s ex wife, accused the sisters of “picking on your brother’s bones” and dismissed their attempts to make peace.

Zeola and Jeanne, who are 69 and 78 respectively, say that though they played a huge role in their brother’s life, they are living in virtual poverty today.

Zeola told the Daily Mail,“Marvin didn’t leave a will and his estate went to his heirs which we agree with. But Jan controls it all and that’s why we do not get anything. The bottom line is that they get everything and we don’t get a dime. We try and live with that, but it is difficult. If I was given a few million, it would change my life a lot. Marvin would have hated to have seen us like this. He would have cared for us and made sure we were fine financially and with love.”

Zeola, a retired bookkeeper, said she’s tired of the negativity from her niece, and nephews and sister-in-law.

In fact, Zeola is even more distressed by the fact that she believes Marvin would be particularly hurt by all of this.

“It was a very sad end and that sadness would be greater if he knew the situation some of his family were in today.”

What do you think about all of this? Should Zeola and Jeanne expect money from this settlement?

Pharrell Believes The “Blurred Lines” Verdict Will Kill Artists’ Creativity

March 21st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Pharrell is definitely not happy about something.

The talented rapper/producer discussed his thoughts on the verdict of a lawsuit for copyright infringement placed against him. The lawsuit, filed by Marvin Gaye’s family, requires Pharrell to pay the family $7.3 million after being found guilty.

In an interview with the Financial Times , Williams shared his thoughts. He stated,

“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else. This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

Williams continued, “Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”

Interesting. What do you agree or disagree with Pharrell?

Paula Patton & Robin Thicke Reach Divorce Settlement

March 18th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s as good as official. Robin Thicke’s attempts to “Get Her Back” did not work. According to TMZ, Paula Patton and her R&B singing husband have reached a settlement in their divorce.

Apparently, Paula filed legal documents on Tuesday confirming that both a property settlement and custody arrangements for the soon-to-be divorced couple’s son Julian have been agreed upon. Spousal and child support agreements have also been reached.

Unfortunately for nosy folks like us, the terms of the settlement are private. TMZ is claiming that wording of the filing seems to spell out that Paula will maintain primary custody, however, there’s nothing solid to confirm this. The divorce will not be finalized until April 14, six months after Paula’s initial filing.

As previously reported, the actress filed for divorce back in October, just seven months after she announced their separation.

Patton spoke about her impending divorce earlier this month. Though she admits that it’s been tough separating from her longtime love, she says she found happiness in their son.

“The thing is, you can’t wallow in sadness or stay in bed when you have a child,” said the Baggage Claim actress. “And they’re so full of life and wonder. And he brings me so much joy.”

The good news is that it seems like this has been a fairly amicable divorce.

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Is This The End of Robin Thicke?

March 11th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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You know, there was a time when I used to adore Robin Thicke.

It was around the time of his first single, “When I Get You Alone.”

The song was hot. However there was something uniquely interesting about Thicke’s appearance; particularly his long hair and grungy Kurt Cobain-look, which also added to his appeal. It didn’t seem forced or like he was trying to overstep boundaries like so many other White entertainers who dibbled and dabbled in soul music at the time. Instead, he embodied all the elements of a cool White “urban” dude who just happened to have a decent voice and appreciation for soulful music.

And I could dig it. Soul music has produced a number of legitimately great Blue-eyed artists over the years. Teena Marie is one. Michael McDonald is another. And honestly, I thought that Thicke, who also played live instruments, could have been one of the good ones too. But for whatever reason that version of Thicke never did catch on.

I was reintroduced to Thicke during an India Arie concert held several years back in the outskirts of Philadelphia. It was on the eve of his return to music and he was Arie’s opening act. I took joy in being one of only five other Black people at this predominately Black concert who actually knew who the hell he was. But I was also disappointed because who I was seeing, wasn’t the same Thicke.

First one, he’d cut he hair. Secondly, he wasn’t in the grungy bike message outfit anymore; instead, he wore a suit and dress shoes. And even his music got a bit more provocative but still romantic. He was a mature family man now with grown man wants and needs. Everything about his new image felt like he was trying to cash in on what was happening now in Soul music. I wanted not to be mad. It wasn’t his fault that people weren’t feeling the stuff he was doing before. And clearly it appeared to be working. By the end of his set, the once hesitant and indifferent Philly audience gave him a rousing applause. A few folks even yelled out, “Go ‘head White boy…”

And he most certainly did go on. But as time and album sales progress, Thicke’s image also went through another transformation. Instead of the family man, he started hanging out late nights with the rappers. He wore sunglasses indoors and began talking like Rat Pack members. His love songs were replaces with tracks about blurring lines. He was cocky and obnoxious and a far cry away from the cute White boy with the decent voice.

It is a good thing that this verdict in the “Blurred Lines/Got To Give It Up” case came down the way that it did. Not just for the sake of the estate of Marvin Gaye. And not just so that I can say I told you so in what had to be the most unnecessary divisive pop culture issue in the Black community. But also for the sake of Thicke. Perhaps this verdict is the wake up call he needs? Maybe now he’ll realize that it is time to ditch those stupid sun shades, get himself into a good rehab program where he can get his mind right and get back to the old Thicke? I mean, he don’t have to grow out his hair or anything, but at least he can stop being so sleazy.

With that said even with a complete 180 shift, it might be too late for Thicke’s career. At least in R&B and Soul genre anyway.

Even with the best and most popular “urban” producers and songwriters at his disposal, I just don’t see Thicke being able to regain the trust of the very loyal fan base, who got him on top. The fan base, which he worked so hard over the years to appeal to with his various makeovers. In particular, those Black fans who fought tooth and nail in defense of Thicke, even going as far as to throw out terms like “reverse racism” and make claims of bigotry at other people who rightfully pointed out the similarities between both tracks. It sounds in jest, but those arguments got pretty divisive and ugly and included lots of deep-seated racial conflicts based around historical realities.

For instance, one of the more popular arguments was that “we” – as in other Black people who happened to side with the estate of Marvin Gaye – had no problem with Black rappers sampling other people’s music. While it has been true that many Black producers and DJs had a long history of abusing the sampling machine, it has also been true that many of those same entertainers have been successfully sued in courts for copyright infringement.

As noted by Public Enemy’s Chuck D in this archived interview from Stay Free! Magazine:

Corporations found that hip-hop music was viable. It sold albums, which was the bread and butter of corporations. Since the corporations owned all the sounds, their lawyers began to search out people who illegally infringed upon their records. All the rap artists were on the big six record companies, so you might have some lawyers from Sony looking at some lawyers from BMG and some lawyers from BMG saying, “Your artist is doing this,” so it was a tit for tat that usually made money for the lawyers, garnering money for the company. Very little went to the original artist or the publishing company.”

And yet while the record companies and their lawyers are making fortunes reclaiming “their” music from the rappers, many Black entertainers have yet to see a dime for the years of their own work being stolen and misappropriated.

This includes Pat Boone, who made an entire fortune off of revamping Black music for White consumption. Since it was the 50s, everything was segregated. And since white people owned everything including the radios, it was extremely unlikely that Black artist found their ways to the airways. Boone began recording in 1954 and gain massive success with his Wonder Bread-version of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame.” And throughout his career, he would re-image the work of dozens of popular Black artists including Little Richard, The El Dorados and even Nat King Cole – most times without their consent and pre-approval.

Even worse Boone has always been a hard right conservative, who not only was a huge supporter of Ronald Reagan, but also a “birther,” who thinks President Barack Obama is Arab Muslim with a photoshopped birth certificate and therefore, disqualified for the presidency of the United States. And this proves once again that not everyone who performs – or even likes – Black music, actually likes Black people.

And I’m not saying that Thicke is some closet racist like Boone. I surely hope not! But it is going to be hard for many folks to now think about Thicke – and this whole mess involving the estate of Marvin Gaye – without thinking about Boone and all the misappropriation and flat-out exploitation of Black music over the decades. I mean, he filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against the estate, in lieu of just paying them off. Short of wearing an afro and Dashiki and singing protest songs in the key of #BlackLivesMatter, there isn’t an revamped image cool enough on this planet to make people forget about that.

Honestly, Pharrell and T.I, who were co-defenders in this lawsuit, should be on the music shit list too. And likely they are. I can certainly see some of the higher up music executives thinking the two are liabilities now. With that said, (and if I can be uber-frank here) Pharrell and T.I. are Black . And as much as some folks might want to trade them away in the racial draft (and as much as they both might want to leave voluntarily) we are all stuck together on this ship called the U.S. White supremacy.

Thicke, on the other hand, is a privileged White guy with lots of options musically to go. And if Black people have to work twice as hard in society for half as much, he should be given those same expectations in respects to our culture. Therefore, his soul music pass just might be revoked.

“Pharrell Created ‘Blurred Lines’ From His Heart, Mind And Soul”: Rep For Producer Says They Might Appeal Copyright Infringement Decision

March 11th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Could this whole copyright infringement trial over “Blurred Lines” not really be over? That’s what we’re wondering after checking out a statement from Pharrell Williams’ rep about the controversial decision. It seems that an appeal or a whole new case could be requested.

Obtained by Billboard, the producer’s rep issued a statement (which would end up being a statement for Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I.–with the rapper being off the hook for his small role in the song) saying that they are “extremely disappointed” by the jury’s decision. They are weighing out their options and the artists just might not cough up the $7.3 million they were ordered to pay Marvin Gaye’s family for being a little too ‘inspired’ by his 1977 hit, “Got To Give It Up.”

“While we respect the judicial process, we are extremely disappointed in the ruling made today, which sets a horrible precedent for music and creativity going forward. Pharrell created ‘Blurred Lines’ from his heart, mind and soul and the song was not taken from anyone or anywhere else. We are reviewing the decision, considering our options and you will hear more from us soon about this matter.”

If you were following the case, you know that even though Williams said that he has always looked up to Gaye, he claimed that he was inspired by the 70’s sound when he put the track together–not necessarily “Got To Give It Up” specifically.

“The last thing you want to do as a creator is take something of someone else’s when you love him.”

People have been debating whether or not “Blurred Lines” was a complete rip-off considering that the melodies are very similar–even if everything else about it is different. Check out this mash-up below and share your thoughts.


“Blurred Lines” Trial Ends; Verdict Will Clear Up Whether Robin Thicke Was “Inspired” By Marvin Gaye Or Copying Him

March 6th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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While it depends on jury deliberations, it is expected that there will be a verdict today in the highly publicized “Blurred Lines” copyright case. If a verdict is handed down today, it will finally settle a lawsuit the family of Marvin Gaye filed against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. over the song’s similarities to Gaye’s 1977 classic, “Got to Give It Up.”

The trial has revealed some fascinating things, including how much the song actually made. Williams and Thicke walked away with more than $5 million each from profits, and the song earned $8 million in total revenue. It was also revealed that Thicke claimed he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs most of the time during recording, and doesn’t remember much of how the song came together.

On the stand, Williams, who produced and sang on “Blurred Lines,” did agree that the song and “Got to Give It Up” sound similar, but he denied any intention to copy it. As reported by the New York Times, Williams stated that “I must have been channeling that feeling, that late-’70s feeling.”

In closing arguments, an attorney for the Gaye family expressed to the jury that Williams and Thicke lied several times about how they created “Blurred Lines,” and therefore, they must be held accountable financially for copying the sound of “Got To Give It Up.”

But an attorney for Williams and Thicke argued that they did nothing wrong, and that as artists, they were inspired by Gaye’s sound. Being inspired and copying are two different things.

But the Gayes say this isn’t the first time Thicke has been “inspired’ by the legend’s music, and mentioned that Thicke’s “Love After War” sounds very similar to Gaye’s “After the Dance.” However, this time around, inspiration crossed the line into thievery.

This case is a landmark one and could change the way musicians work and pull “inspiration” from other artists. Pharrell and Thicke say that if they’re punished, it could affect artistic freedom and license. Plus, as previously mentioned, there is a lot of money at stake.

As for T.I., his rap was added to the track after it was recorded in 2012. He was not called to testify at the trial, which started Feb. 24.

Marvin Gaye’s family is seeking $25 million.

Paula Patton Speaks On Robin Thicke Split: “Everything Happens For A Reason”

March 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s been over a year since we learned that Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are no more. And with the exception of a few brief comments regarding the matter, Paula has been fairly quiet about the breakup. Well, quiet in comparison to her estranged husband, who composed a full album in an attempt to reunite with the actress.

While Paula still doesn’t seem quite ready to share her side of the story, she did open up about how she has been handling the split over the past year.

“I’m doing really well,” the mom said Friday during an appearance on “Good Morning America.” “I mean, the honest truth is, it has been challenging. But it’s been a year of growth … learning about all new things.”

The Ellen Tracy brand ambassador went on to say that while things haven’t been easy, she’s a better person.

“I’ve come out of it stronger.”

The 39-year-old also seems to have taken on an optimistic outlook regarding the breakup.

“I feel like everything happens for a reason,” she shared. “And then you have to move on and grow from there.”

In addition to counting her blessings, Paula says her 4-year-old son, Julian, has helped her to get through the tough times.

“Be thankful for what you have. It’s so easy for all of us to focus on the negative, but usually, the positive in your life outweighs that. And you have to just be thankful for what you have right now. That’s what I try to work on.”

“The thing is, you can’t wallow in sadness or stay in bed when you have a child. And they’re so full of life and wonder. And he brings me so much joy.”

Check out footage from Paula’s interview here.

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Guess How Much ‘Blurred Lines’ Made! Trial Reveals Robin Thicke’s Earnings

March 4th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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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.

UPDATE: ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Opens; Robin Thicke & Pharrell Go To Court

February 25th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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robin thicke releases get her back video featThis 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.

15 Of The Most Ratchet Celeb Moments Of 2014

December 27th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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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.