#InTheNews: Marvin Gaye & Bridgeport Vs. Robin & Pharrell?


Words by Miss Krissy

Who doesn’t like that groovy tune Blurred Lines? I know I jam every time it comes on.  Not everyone is grooving to it though. Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music have made some allegations claiming that Blurred lines sampled Marvin’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funakedlic’s “Sexy Ways.”

Pharrell says that’s not the case! He says that his funky beat is original and there where NO samples include. Pharrell along with Robin Thicke and T.I filed suit in California federal court against Marvin Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music (which owns some of Funkadelic’s music) siting that they should not have to pay royalties because the song “reminds” listeners of other songs.

The Hollywood Reporter quotes the lawsuit as saying,

    “There are no similarities between plaintiffs’ composition and those the claimants allege they own, other than commonplace musical elements.  Plaintiffs created a hit and did it without copying anyone else’s composition.”

George Clinton even tweeted his support of the song saying:

    “No sample of #Funkadelic’s ‘Sexy Ways’ in @robinthicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ – yet Armen Boladian thinks so? We support @robinthicke @Pharrell!”

Now I will admit that I do get a Marvin Gaye “feel” when I listen to this song I didn’t feel like it was sampled. Truth be told, when an artist is inspired by another artist the tend to sound similar. That’s just how it goes.

What say you? Do you think the song used samples?

Words by Ms. Krissy


2 comments on “#InTheNews: Marvin Gaye & Bridgeport Vs. Robin & Pharrell?

  1. Definitely not samples but when I first heard it Marvin Gaye homage came to mind… Even months after hearing it just the other day I wanted to do a post somewhere comparing the two b/c it still reminds me of Marvin Gaye even after all the times hearing it on radio etc


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