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Thicke, Williams “Got to Give It Up”

Los Angeles — After a year of legal drama, on March 10 a jury awarded $7.3 million to the children of the late Marvin Gaye, finding that the blockbuster single “Blurred Lines” is a rip-off of their father’s 1977 classic “Got to Give It Up.” Co-writers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were not in court for the verdict.

Thicke performed on a keyboard during his testimony, including the songs in question, to “demonstrate similar chord progressions,” according to Rolling Stone. Thicke told the jury he was drunk and high when he recorded “Blurred Lines” and had nothing to do with writing it. Williams stated he wanted the “feel” of a Marvin Gaye song, but was going for a “country sound with this up-tempo groove.” The defendants plan to appeal the verdict.

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