Pharrell Sued Over Blurred Lines Again

Shirley Ju

Pharrell Williams can't escape Marvin Gaye's estate.. The soul singer's family says Pharrell perjured himself.

(AllHipHop News) Another day, another lawsuit.

This time, Pharrell Williams finds himself at the hands of some legal trouble.

Apparently, legendary producers Pharrell and Rick Rubin sat down for a conversation to discuss their music-making process, and comments from The Neptunes member would be held against him.

During the GQ interview, Pharrell stated: "For the most part, what we always try to do was reverse engineer the songs that did something to us emotionally and figure out where the mechanism is in there and, as I said to you before, try to figure out if we can build a building that doesn't look the same but makes you feel the same way. I did that in 'Blurred Lines' and got myself in trouble."

Back in 2018, a jury ruled that Pharrell and Robin Thicke plagiarized Marvin Gaye’s classic hit “Got to Give it Up” while creating their 2013 single “Blurred Lines.”

This resulted in $5 million awarded to Marvin Gaye’s estate. Pharrell revealed being disappointed with this ruling because he claims he had no intention of ever stealing from anyone.

Once the Gaye family caught wind of Pharrell’s "reverse engineering" comments, they immediately went to court to point out the producer's inconsistencies.

The family is currently accusing Pharrell of perjury and fraud, according to documents obtained by Variety.

"Nothing was more central to this case than whether ‘Got to [Give It Up]’ or Marvin Gaye was on Williams’s mind while he was engaged in creating ‘Blurred [Lines]," the lawsuit reads. "That fact was central to the issue of whether Williams and Thicke illegally copied ‘Got To’ and whether their copying was willful, and they knew it.”

The family is suing Pharrell for $3.5 million to cover their attorney fees.

Comments (6)
Rolfweinstein
Rolfweinstein

That first statement is what is wrong w/music today. Imagine calling this poser a great producer based on that statement. These dudes in the industry just steal ideas and get rich and famous. Selling their soul and pretending to be soft spoken righteous good boys. He is extremely grossly overrated.

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