If you think pop star Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” mega-hit sounds a lot like Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” then you aren’t alone. The intro to Thicke’s song is so similar that it almost sounds like a full sample of the Motown legend’s song.
The owner of some of Funkadelic’s works, Bridgeport Music, also claims that the song rips off “Sexy Ways.” As a result, Thicke has done something really ballsy: He is pre-emptively suing both Gaye’s family and Bridgeport.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the suit claims that there are “no similarities” between the works, other than “commonplace musical elements.” It seems Thicke wants to straighten all this out as quickly as possible.
For the record, Funkadelic founder George Clinton doesn’t think that Thicke plagiarized him at all. “No sample of #Funkadelic’s ‘Sexy Ways’ in @robinthicke’s ‘Blurred Lines,” he tweeted. We’re pretty sure Marvin wouldn’t be so magnanimous.
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