What the Blurred Lines Lawsuit Really Means
As you've likely heard by now, a jury has awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father’s music to create the megahit Blurred Lines. Here are the two songs so you can hear the similarities for yourself.
Yes, they do sound alike, but how many other hit songs sound like older tunes they're not crediting? In my very non-scientific assessment, just about all of them. Lawyers are filing lawsuits as I type.
For a while, I used to blog about similar sounding songs, and even had a category to hold them all, but at some point I couldn't hear a pop song without hearing the songs that "inspired" them.
Uptown Funk is a big hit these days, but isn't it really just Morris Day and The Time's Jungle Love?
And Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball? Listen to how many songs sound like it.
There's nothing new under the sun. If Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied Marvin Gaye, this is just the beginning.
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