The controversy over Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" and its relation to Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up" continues to grow.
On August 15 Thicke -- along with collaborators Pharrell Williams and T.I. -- filed a pre-emptive lawsuit in Los Angeles to prevent the Gaye estate and the song's publisher, Bridgeport Music, from suing them for plagiarizing Gaye's Hit.
Now Gaye's son Marvin Gaye III is slamming the trio, telling TMZ that, "There's a way to do business and a way not to do business, and we're not happy with the way (Thicke) went about doing the business. Let alone he's suing us over something where he clearly got his inspiration from at the least. If you listen to the music, I'm sure anyone will see the similarities between what my father does and what Robin Thicke has been trying to do."
Gaye III, who is also a musician, says the lawsuit is causing his family a considerable amount of duress. He's also consulting an attorney about his options. Billboard magazine reports that Thicke offered Gaye's family a six-figure sum to avoid any potential legalities.
"Blurred Lines," the title track of Thicke's latest album, has been a massive hit, giving him his first-ever No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for 11 weeks so far.
Thicke previously told us about how the song came about and acknowledged the influence of Gaye's track:
"Pharrell and I were in the studio making a couple records, and then on the third day I came in the studio and I told him I wanted to do something kinda like Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up,' something with that feel 'cause that's one of my favorite songs of all time. So he started messing with some drums and then he started going 'Hey, hey, hey,' and about an hour and a half later we had the whole record finished."
Thicke is slated to perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (August 25).
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