Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Robin Thicke Distracted by Marriage Fail During ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

Robin Thicke performs during the 19th annual Keep Memory Alive "Power of Love Gala" benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health honoring Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Bocelli at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Robin Thicke performs during the 19th annual Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love Gala” benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health honoring Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Bocelli at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada

*Robin Thicke says the deposition for the “Blurred Lines” case took a backseat to his crumbling marriage, in his first interview since he and Pharrell lost the lawsuit in March.

Thicke told the New York Times that he was “careless” during the deposition, which occurred two weeks after he separated from actress Paula Patton. He and Pharrell were later ordered to pay nearly $7.4 million to three of Marvin Gaye’s children after a jury in Los Angeles determined the performers had copied elements of the R&B icon’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” for “Blurred Lines.”

“I was going through personal hell at the time. And I was careless in the deposition,” Thicke said. “Obviously, I didn’t give my all to the trial. It simply wasn’t as important to me as what was going on in my personal life. I was lost at the time. I had lost my way.”

Thicke said he was surprised they lost the case and “that’s why we’re appealing. I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.”

The 38-year-old singer-songwriter said his creative process hasn’t changed, despite getting his hand slapped following “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit of 2013.

“For me, it will not, it has not, changed my process in any way. But yes, many artists and writers have voiced their concerns to me about this,” he said. “And if the verdict holds up, I believe that it will have a ripple effect on the arts and the industry in general.”

Some artists, including John Legend, have said the decision in the “Blurred Lines” case could set a bad precedent for musicians creating songs inspired by others.

When asked about Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk!” and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” — big hits that gave writing credit to older songs after topping the charts — Thicke said he thought those contemporary songs should recognize the past ones.

“It’s the same notes, the same cadence — everything’s the exact same,” he said of “Uptown Funk!” and “Oops Up Side Your Head” by the Gap Band. “That’s why I think that’s a very fair decision.”

“Again, those songs are the same,” he said of Smith’s breakthrough hit and Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

“The same notes, on the same timing, in the same rhythm. The two songs are exactly the same.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Your selfishness and wickedness brought you this. You sued this family first. Then they countersued u and won. You backstabbed Pharell , as you did to your wife someone who had loved you. You are a liar, a selfish, uneducated, a low level talent.
    Plz don’t show up at BET awards anymore. You do not belong there among talented musisians.I hate to see you performing.You backstabbed Pharell by taking credit for the song he wrote and produced. Bc of this you are in trouble today. Betraying a good friend. You will lose everything you got from the “blurred lines” song and more. Also, Patton deserves better. She is beautiful, loyal, educated, graduated fr college unlike you r A liar, selfish, uneducated, low IQ. Go away forever. April Greary, pls spend all his little money he has left and run after that, before he makes you a drug addict with no career. He will be out of money from 2016. Low level human.

  2. I STIlL feel it was MAJorly fkd UP!!, for BET to have this “neutral sweet Black man” ANYwhere ‘on that show, but it was especially FKD!!, that he…”HE”!!!, was included in the tribute to Smokey Robinson, when he RIPPED OFF one of Smokey’s closes label mates/friends….”Marvin Gaye”!! I mean…..to “help” this culture thief massage his sneaky ass back into the graces of the ONLY demographic that excepted/REcieved his counterfeit ass, only to have him….DEcieve Us/shyt ‘on one of “Our” icons!!!???? WTF is DAT shyt!!!??? Some extrrrrrrREME INsensitivity is WTF. UnFKnbelieeeeeevablllllllle! SSMGDH!

  3. And BTW…..”Those” were the “best” singers to tribute Smokey, & 2/3’s had to be…”WHITE”??!! REALly??!! No “TRUE” R&B vocalist, & none from “withIN” HIS OWN culture”??! REALly?…REALLY??!! GTFOHWTBS! Yo….they harrrrrdly give L. Kravitz his respect for doing his OWN shyt! Now….if there was a tribute for say…”Mc Carney/Springstein/John/Beatles/G.Dead/Aerosmith/Who/RStones etc…., would they have “ONE” Black ass, ‘on that stage???!!! (Yeah, ok…maaaaybe “ONE”!!!) So again….WTF is goin ‘on @ BET?? (I mean except for the BLAtant racism, whitewashing & subliminal disrespecting the culture that MADE that GD network!!!) Again….”UnFKNbelieeeeeeevablllllllllllle”!!!!

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