When Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” first came out, it was instantly familiar to any fans of Marvin Gaye, and especially fans of the late singer’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up.” It was so similar that we assumed it was because Pharrell Williams, the producer on “Blurred Lines,” had simply sampled Gaye.
But it turns out that wasn't the case; and now after two years of back-and-forth lawsuits, Williams and Thicke have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to Gaye's estate.
Of course, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in pop music, sometimes that “flattery” is more akin to “plagiarism” (semantics!). Open the gallery and travel through 40-some years of music rips, some of which have ended amicably, and some that haven’t.
Your favourite, er, tribute not in the gallery? Let us know in the comments.
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