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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!
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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.
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.”