T.I. has become the latest artist involved in the Robin Thicke single ‘Blurred Lines’ to speak out after it was judged their song ‘Blurred Lines’ copied a Gaye song from the 1970s.
The US rapper guests on the 2013 single alongside Thicke and Pharrell Williams and protested his innocence when speaking to TMZ.
“I don’t know what’s going on. I never really got caught up in that. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the legacy and the estate of Marvin Gaye,” he said. “I know that I’m a writer, a creator, I don’t steal from anybody creatively when I make my music. I know that, and I think anybody with common sense will be able to see it whenever they listen to it.” He added: “I’ll be exonorated or whatever cause I know I did the right thing,”
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are expected to appeal the decision to award the family of Marvin Gaye millions of dollars. As reported, a US jury decided that 2013 hit ‘Blurred Lines’ copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’. The pair must pay $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family following the ruling at the US District Court in Los Angeles.
The lawsuit was brought by Gaye’s children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, who inherited the copyright to the soul legend’s music following his death in 1984.
It is thought that Pharrell and Thicke have earned over $5m (£3m) each from the profits of the Grammy-winning single. Total profits from the single are estimated to exceed $16m (£10.8), and it has sold well over 1million copies in the UK.
Speaking earlier this week Pharrell Williams slammed the decision, stating: “The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else.”
A comparison of ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Got To Give It Up’ can be heard below.