Fans of Robin Thicke’s latest hit “Blurred Lines” apparently does not included the family of Marvin Gaye, who accused him and collaborators Pharrell Williams and T.I. of copying his work. According to the family, the song struck a similarity to Gaye’s 1977 chart-topper “Got to Give it Up”. It also received the same accusation from Bridgeport Music, who owns the rights to compositions from Funkadelic. The music publishing company has claimed that “Blurred Lines” also sounds like Funkadelic’s track “Sexy Ways”.
And this situation could find its way to court, Thicke, Williams, and T.I. filed paperwork in order to protect the hit song, denying any break of any copyright, and states that the song was a way to evoke the era of 1970’s soul and funk, and has the “utmost respect for the legacies of both Marvin Gaye and Funkadelic. However, the Gaye family and Bridgeport Music have threatened ligation, if a monetary settlement is not paid.
Meanwhile,” Blurred Lines” tops the Billboard Hot 100 charts, for the tenth consecutive week.
In other music news, if by any chance you haven’t noticed by now, this week happened to be Elvis Week. And on the 36th anniversary of the singer’s passing, fans from around the world made their annual pilgrimage to Thursday to Graceland, and lit candles and walk through the Meditation Garden, which is also the location of the graves of Presley, his parents, and grandmother.
Of course, the vigil is always the highlight of Elvis week, and this year the week featured a listening party at Stax Records for the released of the CD box set Elvis at Stax, as well as a screening of the singer’s 1973 Aloha from Hawaii concert special. This year’s vigil will also mark the 35th anniversary of when it first started. Since then it has spawned fans from countries including England, Japan, and Australia.