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If you thought “Blurred Lines” was the only song that ruffled the Marvin Gaye estate’s feathers then guess again. The family of the late singer is claiming that the singer stole from two other Gaye songs in addition to the 1977 track “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines”.

Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. sued Gaye’s estate in August after receiving complaints about the similarity between the two songs. The family has now filed a countersuit against Thicke, claiming that he also infringed on the copyright to Gay’s song “After the Dance” in his 2011 album Love After War. They accused the singer of writing a similar chorus, melody and “including the similar bridge and identical lyrics from Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Want You’ in (his) similarly themed work, ‘Make U Love Me.'”

The family’s lawsuit also includes claims that Thicke admitted to stealing the music from Marvin.

Quotes were taken from a GQ interview where Thicke said one of his favorite songs was “Got to Give It up”:

“Damn, we should make something like that, something with that groove,” Thicke was reported saying.

The singer has reportedly denied any association with the song.

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  • joe

    Anybody who doesn’t believe Blurred Lines is a blatant ripoff of Got To Give It Up is crazy. White folks who lack creativity have been ripping off black artists for the longest and we need to stop defending them.

    • straightnochaser

      So did Darius Rucker rip off country western music because he chose to record what he likes? Was Prince copying white artists with ‘Let’s Go Crazy,’ ‘Little Red Corvette, etc.? What about Lenny Kravitz? Is he copying white artists because he chose to record rock music? Even Whitney Houston was criticized by BLACK FOLKS because she recorded a lot of pop music instead of the expected straight R&B. Why do we have to place people in a box because of their skin color, gender, etc.? You say white folks ‘who lack creativity.’ What exactly does that mean? Creativity isn’t just limited to the arts. Some people are creative with organizing things; some are creative managers; some are creative financially; some are creative technologically. Just because SOME OF US like ‘Blurred Lines’ doesn’t make us crazy. It just means we happen to like a song with a similar beat to ‘Got to Give it Up.’ Stevie Wonder said it best, Marvin’s children should leave this one alone. He’s been through the same thing before (as have other artists) and the only thing the accuser got out of it was a big bill from the lawyers. Some people actually believe that Robin Thicke is somehow livin’ large by ‘ripping off’ black artists, and he wouldn’t be where he is if not for his father. Maybe his father introduced him to some industry people, but if this was all it took then where are the tons of grammys, ASCAP awards, MTV awards, etc.? Give the guy a break. People are overthinking what he’s doing waaaayyyy to much, about his music, his style, and I even saw a post where people are now questioning if his attraction to black women is limited to lighter skinned black women. Geez, all of his over a song that people claim sound like someone else’s, all while ignoring the fact that everytime you turn on the radio all you hear is music that sounds like something that someone recorded years ago.

  • Well, we knew this was coming and he did too. That why he went to court to try to stop this.

  • Joan

    I always assumed that he sampled Marvin Gaye. He just needs to stop the nonsense and pay the family.

  • nononsense57

    This is a thoughtful response. I agree that at this point in musical history, very little is original. The blues, jazz, rock, and soul icons of yesteryear did it so well the first time that all the newer artists, particularly those in the last 15 years or so, sound like poor imitators.

    Everyone swagger jacks at this point, so I don’t think Robin Thicke should be singled out without throwing Bruno Mars, Usher, Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, most of today’s artists on that list, too. For example, you can’t tell me that “Treasure” by Bruno Mars wasn’t lifted directly from Kool & the Gang or Shalamar songs!

    • straightnochaser

      You are so, so SO right! Nothing is ‘original’ these days.

  • Simone L

    Everyone does it. That doesn’t make it right but let’s call a spade a spade. Music isn’t what it used to be because instead of making music like Earth, Wind and Fire, we take a piece of everything, put it together and poof!! A song is born. I try not yo listen to mainstream music. The other day my kids were doing Just Dance and dancing to “Video killed the radio star”. Nicki took the beginning part and used it for “check it out”. Let’s just stop the madness

    • JS

      The issue is he is not paying royalties not that he is sampling music.