Blurred Lines sheet mu­sic proves all, says Phar­rell

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — Even though Phar­rell is en­gaged in a bat­tle with Marvin Gaye’s es­tate over Robin Thicke’s megahit Blurred Lines, he wants to make one thing clear — he has in­cred­i­ble re­spect for the late soul le­gend.

“I’m a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a ge­nius. He is the pa­tri­arch,” Phar­rell said Thurs­day.

The hit-mak­ing singer and pro­ducer col­lab­o­rated with Thicke on the No. 1 smash, which some have said sounds very sim­i­lar to Gaye’s Got to Give it Up. Last month, Phar­rell, Thicke and the song’s other col­lab­o­ra­tor, T.I., filed a law­suit ask­ing a judge to de­ter­mine that it does not copy Gaye’s song and a song by Ge­orge Clin­ton. It was a pre-emp­tive strike against fu­ture claims from Gaye’s heirs that the song bor­rows from Gaye’s com­po­si­tion without credit.

Phar­rell told The As­so­ci­ated Press the two songs aren’t sim­i­lar at all.

“If you read mu­sic, all you have to do is read the sheet mu­sic. It’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent,” he said on the red car­pet dur­ing an event for the Calvin Klein Col­lec­tion dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week.

Gaye “is the king of all kings, so let’s be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him,” he said. “But any­body that plays mu­sic and reads mu­sic, just sim­ply go to the pi­ano and play the two. One’s mi­nor and one’s ma­jor. And not even in the same key.”

The Grammy win­ner has had a huge year: he was also a col­lab­o­ra­tor on the other big song of the sum­mer, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.


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