The late R&B icon Marvin Gaye returns to the Billboard charts in the wake of the landmark decision in his family’s favor against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke.
And he thinks the trial verdict may not just pertain to music, either.
For anyone who’s confused about the “Blurred Lines” verdict, Marvin Gaye’s children have written an open letter, which hopes to “set the record straight on a few misconceptions.” Specifically, rumors that they’re suing Pharrell.
A ruling in the family’s favor could block distribution of the song.
But they’re not considering litigation… yet.
“We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand,” said attorney Howard King.
Their attorney said they’ll begin the process in about a week.
The jury ruled against Robin Thicke and Pharrell, who will have to pay over $1 million each.
For Thicke it was $5.66 million, while Pharrell Williams took home $5.15 million and T.I. pocketed $704,774, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to Face Marvin Gaye’s Family in Court Over Alleged ‘Blurred Lines’ Ripoff
It’s been a tough year for Thicke, and now some of that drama will carry over into 2015 when he faces the Gaye family in court.
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The Gaye family uses Thicke’s own words against him in the suit, pulling interview quotes they feel illustrate that the pop singer knew he was cribbing “Got to Give it Up” when he recorded “Blurred Lines.”
It may be Robin Thicke’s year on the charts, but it’s certainly not his year in the courts.