August 25, 2013 13:06
Robin Thicke unveils 'Give It 2 U' video featuring Kendrick Lamar – watch
Promo comes in the wake of controversy surrounding Thicke's previous single 'Blurred Lines'
The promo, which features rapper Kendrick Lamar, sees the singer party on an American football field while surrounded by scantily clad dancers. 2 Chainz, who was arrested last week for refusing get off a bus for nine hours, also features in the raunchy clip.
The video comes in the wake of a week of controversy for Thicke, after it was revealed his legal team reportedly offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye's family in order to nip a potential copyright dispute in the bud.
According to Billboard, Thicke's offer came after Gaye's three children accused Thicke's transatlantic Number One hit 'Blurred Lines' of ripping off 'Got To Give It Up', a 1977 single by the late soul singer. However, the Gaye family are said to have declined the offer.
Thicke and the co-writers of 'Blurred Lines', Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris Jr, subsequently filed a lawsuit on August 15 to protect their hugely lucrative composition, requesting a ruling that 'Blurred Lines' does not plagiarise 'Got To Give It Up' and another track, 'Sexy Ways' by Funkadelic.
Their lawsuit contends that "being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement" and also alleges that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work". Thicke, Williams and Harris Jr also want a confirmation that Gaye's family don't have a strong enough claim to 'Got To Give It Up's copyright to claim infringement, as well as a ruling that the song doesn't violate any of the defendants' rights.
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