86-year-old classical composer scores surprise hit due to ‘Blurred Lines’ confusion

1997 harpsichord and violin track clocks thousands of accidental streams

An 86-year-old composer has scored a surprise hit with his track ‘Blurred Lines’ – due to music fans confusing the song with Robin Thicke‘s Number One single of the same name.

As The Guardian reports, Beckwith’s 1997 song was accidentally stumbled upon by thousands of people searching for Thicke’s track. In contrast to the Canadian singer’s effort, Beckwith’s composition is a sombre duet for harpsichord and violin with no lyrics.

The mix-up was spotted by Canadian Music Centre recording and licensing manager Allegra Young, who said: “I was having a look at the numbers and [Beckwith’s ‘Blurred Lines’] received over 4,000 streams in one month. It’s a great disc, but I was wondering why [everyone was listening to] the same track.”

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In an email, meanwhile, Beckwith himself expanded: “My piece doesn’t have lyrics. It’s a 10-minute piece with quarter-tone glides for both violin and harpsichord. I wrote it after hearing some recordings from the Swedish hardanger fiddle repertoire, so it’s like a slow elegy.”

The composer said he hadn’t heard Thicke’s track, meanwhile, but did note: “I’m told the lyrics are ‘bawdy’.”

Thicke has recently been locked in a legal battle with Marvin Gaye’s family over a copyright dispute relating to ‘Blurred Lines’. Earlier this week, meanwhile, the singer unveiled the video for his new, Kendrick Lamar-starring track ‘Give It 2 U’ – you can watch it by scrolling down the page and clicking ‘play’.

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