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