Thicke spoke about how "half of his music was inspired by Gaye" on Oprah Winfrey's chat show. But in court he was asked whether he'd modified his story about the legendary musician's impact on his work during a plagiarism trial that will decide if his song "Blurred Lines" infringed on Gaye's song "Got To Give It Up".
Gaye's children contacted Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper TI in August 2013, and the "Blurred Lines" performers responded by filing a preemptive lawsuit. However, Thicke denied changing his story. A lawyer representing Gaye's children during the federal trial asked Thicke if he had backtracked after he learned of the copyright claim, to which he replied: "Absolutely not".
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1/4 'Blurred Lines' - Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke pre-empted all the internet buzz with #THICKE written over the action in the controversial music video for 'Blurred Lines'. Also featuring T.I and Pharrell Williams, the 2013 chart-topper has sold 1.54 million downloads since its May release.
2/4 'Get Lucky' - Daft Punk
This track has scooped numerous awards for the French dance duo including Record of the Year at the 56th Grammy Awards in January. 'Get Lucky' was co-written by Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.
3/4 'Wake Me Up' - Avicii
'Wake Me Up' features US soul singer Aloe Blacc on uncredited vocals and Incubus' Mike Einziger on acoustic guitar. It was released in June last summer as the first single from Avicii's full-lenth debut album True.
4/4 'Sex On Fire' - Kings of Leon
The US rock band's 2008 hit 'Sex On Fire' has become a dancefloor anthem. It was the first single released from their fourth album Only By The Night and won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance.
In May 2013, Thicke told GQ magazine that "Blurred Lines" was partially inspired by Gaye's song. "Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favourite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s 'Got to Give It Up'," he said. "I was like, 'Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove.' Then he started playing a little something and we literally wrote the song in about a half hour and recorded it.'" The quotes given in the interview have featured in the courtcase.
In the first stage of the trial, Thicke corrected other claims he'd made in interviews, saying that he didn't co-write the song as he'd previously claimed, and that he was under the influence of alcohol during the time the song was written and released.
"I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year," he said. "None of it was my idea... I’d say 75% of ["Blurred Lines"] was already done when I walked in [to the studio]."
"It felt like a little white lie that wouldn't hurt his career and [would] boost mine," Thicke said.
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