R&B singer, Robin Thicke has initiated a legal battle between he, the family of the late Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music, over the similarities found between Thicke's Summer Billboard number one hit, "Blurred Lines," and Marvin Gaye's song "Got to Give it Up.'
The Huffington Post reports that Thicke, along with producer/rapper Pharrell and rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris) who are both featured on the song "Blurred Lines," have filed a lawsuit stating that although they have the utmost respect for Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music's Funkadelic music legacy, they have "reluctantly filed this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists."
The claims stem from the family of Marvin Gaye, in particular Marvin Gaye's son, Marvin Gaye III, who recently sat down for an interview with TMZ, claiming that Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" is not the first and only song where Thicke has sampled Marvin Gaye's sound, beats and lyrics from his past musical collection. Gaye III makes reference to the similarities between Robin Thicke's song, "Million Dolla Baby," off his fourth studio album, "Sex Therapy: The Session," and its great similarities to Marvin Gaye's song, "Trouble Man."
Due to these allegations and allegations also stemming from Bridgeport Music who claims Thicke's "Blurred Lines," is similar to their Funkadelic's song "Sexy Ways,' has caused Thicke to take preventative measures by filing a declaratory judgement action suit, requesting that a judge rule that there are no similarities found between his music compositions and that of Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music. Should the judge rule in Thicke's favor, the ruling would protect and prevent any future lawsuits and request for money from Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music due to similarities.
Marvin Gaye III believes that Robin Thicke's music is immensely inspired by and is a replica of his late father's musical collection and if Robin Thicke did not believe this himself, he would not need to take these measures and seek protection from the courts if he has done something wrong.
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