Marvin Gaye’s family are riding high after winning a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines.” Although no direct sample was used in the creation process, the jury felt it copied the late soul legend’s 1972, “Got to Give it Up” to the point where $7.3 million was owed.
Following the verdict, Janis and Nona Gaye, Marvin’s ex-wife and daughter respectively, spoke to CBS and expressed their elation while admitting that Pharrell’s “Happy” sounds awfully familar.
“My heart started pounding but I still had faith that the verdict was going to go our way,” Janis stated moments just before the verdict was read. “That’s when I lost it completely. And I was filled with incredibly powerful emotion,” she said following their win.
When asked about the 2014 dominance of Pharrell’s “Happy” and her father’s 1965 “Ain’t That Peculiar,” Nona is sparing the public another music legal war (for now) but does think she may have a case.
“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” she said. However, she added that she wasn’t thinking about the legal implications right now. “We’re not in that space.”
“We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied,” Janis added.
Hop over to the next page to hear the mashup of “Happy” and “Ain’t That Peculiar” that sprung up on YouTube since the verdict was handed down.
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