Robin Thicke allegedly offered Marvin Gaye’s family over $100K to kill the ‘Blurred Lines’ accusations
New details are coming to light in the Robin Thicke/ Marvin Gaye lawsuit over “Blurred Lines” (i.e. the most annoying lawsuit of 2013). Before Thicke somehow managed to sue Gaye’s family over “Blurred Lines” totally not sounding anything like Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” Thicke had offered them a six-figure sum to squash the rumors of “Blurred Lines” sounding actually quite a bit like “Got To Give It Up.”
Billboard reports that Thicke offered the six-figure settlement preemptively, before Gaye’s family had filed any kind of lawsuit, and the family turned it down.
It’s unclear whether the family turned down the cash because they intended to sue, or whether they had no intention of suing at all and simply didn’t need the money from a preemptive “settlement.” The other artist purportedly ripped off on “Blurred Lines” is Funkadelic, and for his part George Clinton doesn’t think Robin Thicke’s hit sounds anything like his band’s tune “Sexy Time.” So it’s possible the Gaye family never had any intention of suing.
For most people you’d think a preemptive six figure settlement deal would be a tacit acknowledgement of guilt. I mean really, who offers that kind of cash if they think they’re 100% in the clear? Then again, we are talking about a guy who spent half a million bucks on weed. Maybe a hundred grand is no big deal to him.
Either way Pitchfork points out via Billboard an incriminating interview Thicke once gave to GQ about “Blurred Lines” that could come back to haunt him. Check out Exhibit A:
“Pharrell and I were in the studio and I told him that one of my favorite songs of all time was Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’ 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 whole thing was done in a couple hours.”
Regardless of the lawsuit, those were a damn profitable couple of hours.