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Musicians, much like other artists, have been censored by radio stations, universities, libraries and practically any other space you can think of for decades. Before them, writers who spoke out against atrocities committed by governments the world over had their books burned and banned. Typically, musicians are targeted for censorship because their lyrical content is deemed too risqué or inappropriate. Or, their music videos are considered sexually suggestive or outright explicit and therefore unfit and unsafe for public consumption. But censorship and the flat-out banning of songs and videos always seems to work in favor of the artists – earning them more public attention and ultimately more album sales, giving credo to the saying there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Controversy, whether intended or not, sells, and these artists clearly aren’t afraid to push boundaries or to speak their minds. Here is but a small list of artists whose music was at one point or another censored, boycotted or banned.
Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke aren’t looking too “happy” in the recently released “Blurred Lines” deposition video that took place in April 2014. The lawsuit surrounding the unofficial summer anthem of 2013 was brought forward by the Marvin Gaye estate. The producer and singer were ordered to pay $7.4 million in damages for copyright infringement of Gaye’s 1977 “Got to Give It Up.”
The artists’ request for a retrial was denied, and went on to include rapper T.I. who is also featured on the song, as well as Interscope Records, Star Trak Entertainment as well as UMG Recordings. The amount of damages was also later trimmed to $5.3 million.
The Hollywood Reporter recently released video of the tense deposition which clearly shows an aggravated Williams who gives brief answers. Early in the video the “Happy” artist responds to a question referring to correspondence between him and the Gaye family by saying:
“When I see nonsense, I try not to waste my memory for it.”
Williams also tells the lawyer that he is “uncomfortable with the line of questioning” and is not there to teach them about music (I almost want to make a meme out of the expression he is giving around the 1:44 mark). He goes on to compare the feelings of the two tracks as opposed to their technical musical composition:
“I see when people say they feel that, I understand that. But the truth of the matter is silk and rayon are two different things; they just feel the same.”
Admittedly, the line of questioning starts to sound like the lawyer is giving Williams a pop quiz and Pharrell is even asked if he’s had any formal schooling in music, before the lawyer asks him to identify actual music notes.
During the deposition, Thicke admits to being drunk or high during every interview in 2013, with his drugs of choice including alcohol and Vicodin. He says he didn’t do a single interview without being high on both.
Williams, Thicke and T.I. are in the process are currently seeking an appeal against the ruling. You can view a clip of the awkward exchange below:
I haven’t thought about Robin Thicke in ages. Perhaps after the rocky year he had in his personal life, he felt it was best to step away from the limelight and refocus.
Well, a recent appearance on “Watch What Happens Live,” seems to suggest that he’s back at it. After Andy Cohen gushed over how much he loved both he and Paula together, as a couple. Then he asked how the two of them we’re faring in co-parenting their son Julian Fuego Thicke.
“On the best terms. The good thing is, when you have that long of a friendship and you have a child that you can put first, the most important thing is giving him a healthy, happy life.”
Then he spoke about the regrets he had releasing his last album, Paula, the way he did.
“You know, as an artist I have no regrets because as a writer, you write what you fell, you have to express yourself and give it away. But as an entertainer, I felt I should have just given it away for free, instead of promote it or try to make it part of my entertainer’s process. I feel like it was so pure and personal that if just would have given it away, it would have kept the purity of the feeling.”
You know what they say, hindsight is 20/20.
I’m sure the way he went about publicly discussing his attempts at reconciliation and standing to make money from the album (though it ultimately didn’t sell well) weren’t exactly convincing Paula this was where she needed to be.
After a year-long hiatus, Robin Thicke is back in the spotlight to promote his new album, Morning Sun. Of course, he can’t even begin to discuss this recent project without addressing that last one and the train wreck that preceded it. So that’s exactly what he did during a recent interview with Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning.”
On his grieving process:
It was the right time. We shut off everything. We canceled everything, shut off everything. I just spent time with my family and my son.
At first, I poured it all into songwriting. Then, when it wasn’t well received, I realized I had lost my perspective. I just focused on my son, getting him up every day and taking him to school. Just being with him. When you have a kid, you can’t think about yourself all of the time. Just some time to get perspective on everything.
On the Paula album being a mistake:
I had so many reasons to make that album and name it ‘Paula.’ At the time, I thought I was doing the right thing for everyone involved. But then, after I took some time off and had some perspective, I realized that I should have focused on my personal life first. Even if I wanted to write songs, I shouldn’t have tried to sell it, promote it, sing it. I wasn’t ready to publicly even speak about it.
On life after Paula:
Her and I were together for so long, your whole life revolves around each other. Once we were broken up, I had to open some other windows and that became a better relationship with my mother and father, a better relationship with my aunts and uncles, a better relationship with my cousins, my younger brother, and most importantly my son.
On the possibility of remarriage:
Yeah, that’s pretty far off. Jupiter far off. I’m a romantic. I’m a songwriter. My favorite city is Paris so anything could happen. It’s not in my plans right now. I’m married to this music.
On co-parenting with Paula:
Luckily, Paula is an amazing parent. Her mother, her family—we’re all in cahoots to give the kid the best life possible.
Watch Robin’s full interview below.
Yesterday, it was reported that Robin Thicke proposed to his 20-year-old girlfriend, April Love Geary after just a few months of dating.
“Robin recently proposed to April and she said yes,” a source close to the couple told Life & Style. “He doesn’t want to risk losing her.”
The so-called insider went on to say that Thicke’s parents felt that he was rushing considering that his divorce from ex-wife Paula Patton was just finalized back in March.
“Robin’s moving really quick with the relationship,” the source continued. “Both his parents have told him to take some time and not rush into marriage again so soon.”
Thicke has since taken to Twitter to deny the rumors. From the sounds of it, the fake story was planted to promote the crooner’s new single, “Back Together,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
— Robin Thicke (@robinthicke) August 6, 2015
Since there’s obviously no engagement or engagement ring to fuss over, let us know what you think of the new track.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that the fine from the copyright infringement case for “Blurred Lines” versus Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” will be reduced from $7.4 million to $5.3 million, reports The Huffington Post.
Judge Krondstadt also ruled Marvin Gaye’s family will receive 50 percent of the song’s future royalties. Marvin Gaye’s family’s attorney Richard Busch said of the ruling:
“Mr. Thicke and Williams, and their legal team, among others, went on a public relations campaign after the jury’s verdict criticizing the verdict and saying the evidence did not support the finding of copyright infringement, and did not believe the decision on liability would therefore stand. The judge who actually heard all of the evidence disagreed. I am thrilled for the Gaye family, and the thoughtful members of the jury, who had to listen to all of that while remaining silent.”
The cut in retribution means Robin Thicke and Pharrell will only have to pay $5.3 million to the Gaye family. Originally, Marvin Gaye’s family was seeking $25 million in settlement money. In our original reports, it was revealed:
“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.”
Despite the court ruling, many still debate whether or not “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” are identical in sound. But the music world is already reacting with Miguel crediting Bill Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins song “1979” on the new song “Leaves.”
“It’s all about respect,” Vulture quotes Miguel saying. Thoughts on the similarity?
The mere thought of my parents engaging in sexual activity makes me uncomfortable, so I know Robin Thicke was probably somewhere gagging when he learned that his 68-year-old father, Alan Thicke, listens to his music while making love. It was actually Alan’s 40-year-old wife, Tanya Callau, who spilled the beans to Us Weekly.
“When we do get freaky, we love [Robin’s song] ‘Sex Therapy,'” Callau shared. “You have to admit, it’s a great song to get in the mood.”
“Freaky to your son’s voice,” Alan said with a shrug.
After hearing about his stepmom’s comments, Robin responded on Twitter by telling his father that he would be confiscating all of his music.
It’s cool that Robin was able to joke about something so awkward because I would have been mortified. But real talk, Tanya was probably better off keeping that information to herself. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by this though. In a 2013 interview, Robin discussed his wild childhood and the parade of women that passed through his house.
“My dad was single my whole pubescent period. [Laughs] He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic—every week. I was like, Dang, Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it,” Robin said. “The first time I saw a nude woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, Who is this girl in my shower?”
Paula Patton is buzzing around discussing her divorce from Robin Thicke and how she actually just now feels like she’s becoming ‘an adult woman’ as she states she went from living at home to moving in with Robin Thicke at a very young age. But this 39-year-old mom is pushing life in high gear as she prepares for the release of her new film Warcraft and upcoming documentary Women Hyphenated.
The haute mama spoke with The Meredith Vieira Show and had this to say about her new phase in life:
Meredith: We are back with Paula Patton and you went through a very public breakup with Robin Thicke and everybody wants to know how you’re doing?
Paula: You know I’m doing really well. It’s been a long year and a lot of challenges but I’ve grown quite a bit and just getting used to change.
Meredith: That’s the hardest thing of all just accepting the new reality.
Paula: Absolutely it is and embrace it and just be thankful for everything I do have. I live in a place of gratitude and growing up in many ways I think, I moved from my parents hosue to moving in with Robin, and now I’m like becoming an adult at this old age. I’m really like a real woman now.
Meredith: Kids sometimes say things that really get to you and your son said something to you recently that I think a lot of working moms have had said to them and it’s a tough one. What did he say to you?
Paula: It is true. Really, I took a lot of time off to be with him and then I had to pack for a trip because I had to go to work and he said, ‘Mommy I don’t want you to go to work.’ It’s the challenge of being a working mother and it’s the first time he ever said that to me because I did work when he was a baby but now he is more aware of everything, so what are you going to do? It’s sort of the trials and tribulations of being a woman. Right?
Meredith: After you said that and then walked away.
Paula: I cried. I called my mom and I cried and she said, ‘Darling, I had to work. We all hear that.’
We celebrate her new lease on life, progress through ‘mom guilt’ and take a moment to check out some of her best fashion moments!
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WCW: 15 Haute Mama Paula Patton Moments
While some hollered that they saw it coming from a mile away, personally, I was a little shocked when Paula Patton announced her separation from Robin Thicke last year. Sure, it was obvious that they were having problems, but for some reason, I just assumed they would work it out. Now that they’re mere weeks away from finalizing their divorce, Paula is opening up more and more about her decision to leave and what life has been like since the two have separated.
For one, the Baggage Claim actress says that the experience has been life changing because she’s never really been on her own before. She met Robin when she was just 14 years old and when she decided to move out of her parents’ home years later, she moved in with her childhood sweetheart.
“I moved from my parent’s house to moving in with Robin and now I’m becoming an adult,” she explained in an interview with Meredith Vieira. “I feel like a real woman now.”
As liberating as stepping out on her own may be, Paula says that it also comes with its challenges–like being a single mother.
“I took a lot of time off to be with him and then I had to pack for a trip because I had to go to work and he said, ‘Mommy I don’t want you to go to work,'” she shared. “It’s the challenge of being a working mother and it’s the first time he ever said that to me, because I did work when he was a baby, but now he is more aware of everything, so what are you going to do? It’s sort of the trials and tribulations of being a woman. Right?”
Overall, Paula says she’s doing well.
“You know I’m doing really well. It’s been a long year and a lot of challenges but I’ve grown quite a bit and just getting used to change,” she said.
As previously reported, Paula and Robin have already reached a divorce settlement. Their split will be finalized next month.
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?