Thicke vs. Gaye vs. Thicke – Got to Give it Up

There still has yet to be a developed resolve to the case, but that doesn’t mean the conversation is over.  Earth Wind and Fire bassist Verdine White offers testimony to support that Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” does not sound like Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.”  He says that the success of the song “reflects that people are ready to dance again.” White thinks it might have been the songs success that sparked the initial controversy, but in the end, the controversy seems to have gone away as quickly as it came.

Rose Massary, Esq., an attorney in entertainment and sports law, seems to think the judgment in this matter is subjective in that it depends on who is observing the case and how they regard it.  Rose says, “At the end of the day, it’s just a question of what would the fact-finder or the jury decide whether Mr. Thicke merely blurred the line, or actually crossed it.”   Will the continued success overshadow the controversy and claims or will they add more fuel to the fire?  Gaye’s side goes on to claim that Thicke has “Marvin Gaye Fixation,” but perhaps it should be considered that they are the ones with a fixation on Robin Thicke’s success.  Art may be considered right for the influencing, but when has an artist gone too far?  Whose call is it?  Take a look at the two videos below and decide for yourself. Stake your claim by participating in the poll!

by Christopher Erk

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  1. Mesha

     /  November 18, 2014

    We see this all the time! I feel like James Brown is another example. Brown’s lyrics and music are constantly being sampled, and most of the time artist aren’t paying to use it. There is no doubt that Marvin Gaye’s music is the inspiration for a significant amount of Thicke’s music. So, I’m glad the family is bringing this to light.


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