Here’s a lawsuit that I’m keeping an eye on: The family of Motown legend Marvin Gaye (a Washington, D.C. native, Deanwood to be specific) has won the first round of legal proceedings against R&B singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams concerning their alleged liberal usage of part of Gaye’s 1977 No. 1 Billboard pop/R&B hit, “Got To Give It Up,’ in their massive hip-hop hit, “Blurred Lines.”
A Cailfornia judge, John Kronstadt, has ruled that the songs are substantially similar and has denied Thicke and Williams’ motion for summary judgement, and said that there was enough evidence to move forward with the Gaye family’s claim.
Kronstadt cited similarities in the two songs’ bass lines (no kidding), as well as its keyboard parts, vocal lines, melodies and harmonies. The trial is scheduled for Feb. 10, 2015 >>> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/31/robin-thicke-pharell-blurred-lines-lawsuit_n_6081362.html
Here’s an interesting mash-up of two songs that really don’t require one >>> http://madamenoire.com/468111/marvin-gayes-family-submit-blurred-linesgot-give-mashup-court/
… and here’s an article from a year ago that includes videos to both songs >>> http://www.americansongwriter.com/2013/11/marvin-gaye-got-give/