You may or may not remember this, but some months back, a lawsuit was brought against Robin Thicke and Pharrell by Marvin Gaye‘s estate, claiming that ‘Blurred Lines’ was a pretty blatant rip off of Marvin’s track ‘Got to Give It Up’. Robin was high the whole time and Pharrell was… Pharrell, so they sorta denied the whole thing. Unfortunately for them, a judge decided just this week that ‘Blurred Lines’ also blurred the line between inspiration and copyright infringement and they need to pay up.
Robin and the song’s producer Pharrell Williams are now on the hook for $7.3 million to Marvin’s family because the jury found they infringed on the Gaye copyright for his 1977 hit.
The jury ruled T.I. — who raps on ‘Blurred’ — was NOT responsible for the copyright infringement.
As we previously reported … Marvin Gaye’s kids first sued Thicke back in 2013 for allegedly ripping off the song. “Blurred Lines” was #1 on Billboard for 12 weeks that same year.
Let this be a lesson… of what, I’m not quite sure. Basically that you’ll have to pay back all the money you pretty much stole by blatantly ripping something off and thinking you were slick enough to get away with it, I suppose.
Carly Rae Jepsen pretty much set the pop world on fire with “Call Me Maybe” and then reportedly went broke. Well, it looks like she’s gonna be okay after all, because her new single (“I Really Like You”) is out and the video stars Mr. Tom Hanks (with an appearance from that douche, Justin Bieber). In the video, Hanks lip-synchs and walks around NYC. And yes, it’s just as bizarre as it sounds. I mean, at one point, Hanks tells Jepsen that he’s pregnant.
I think you just have to watch the video to get the full effect:
So how did this come about? According to Rolling Stone, the two met at Scooter Braun’s wedding (he’s Justin Bieber’s manager). Braun then arranged for Hanks to be in the video. Jepsen recounts,
“Scooter was telling the story [of the video] to Tom over dinner, and Tom apparently said ‘Why not me? Why didn’t you ask me?” Jepsen told Access Hollywood. “I got a call three days before Christmas from Scoots being like ‘Do you think Tom Hanks would do?’”
And here we are. What do you think of the video? Will this help Jepsen get back on top?
Kanye West had an absolute fitat the Grammys this year when Beck took home the Album of the Year award, because if Kanye doesn’t get his way, the world is going to know about it. And, in case you forgot, there are no real artists in the world besides Kanye and Beyonce. Everyone else should just step aside and make sure they get all the awards because that’s what’s right.
At least that’s how he felt before… and now he’s seemingly had a change of heart. Not only has he extended the olive branch of peace to his once sworn nemesis Taylor Swift, but he’s also offered a public apology to Beck in the most meaningful way possible: on Twitter.
I would like to publicly apologize to Beck, I’m sorry Beck.
I have no shame in saying that I absolutely love Taylor Swift‘s latest album, 1989, and think it’s brilliant. I’ve always loved ‘Style’ – it was one of my favs of the album. And it seems Taylor’s team agreed, because it’s the latest single!
The video for ‘Style’ wasn’t supposed to come out until tomorrow, but MuchMusic released it early and I ganked their embed code so you can see it, too. Enjoy!
P.S. I absolutely love that pretty much this entire album is about Harry Styles. Cracks me up.
I love Sia, I love Maddie Ziegler (I’ve been binge watching Dance Moms, no shame!) and I love ‘Chandelier’ (and the entire 100 Forms of Fear album), so obviously I was going to love their live performance of the song on the Grammys. Except they kinda threw a wrench in the whole operation by adding Kristen Wiig, and I really wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it. Verdict? It’s actually pretty amazing.
Wiig pulls it off – she gets the frantic emotion of the song just right and really conveys it – frankly I wouldn’t have even thought it was her if it wasn’t pointed out to me. The only downfall to this is that it seriously cut down Maddie’s part, which is outright amazing (if you’ve seen the original video or any of the other live performances of this song, you’ll know what I mean).
All in all, one of – if not THE – best performances of the night.
Honestly, the new Rihanna/Paul McCartney/Kanye West track ‘Four Five Seconds’ is one of the most perplexing single releases in recent history. It’s an absolutely horrendous song with a collaboration that just does NOT fit (and that probably only happened because they thought it would be ~unexpected~ and ~legendary~), no matter what way you slice it. I get that RiRi needs to get back out there, though I don’t think this is the way to do it. I’m not really shocked at Kanye, though – he’s always trying to one-up everyone with some crazy shit (which REALLY worked with 808s and Heartbreaks, but NOT here).
One of the best “bits” Jimmy Kimmel has ever come up with has got to be the Mean Tweets videos, right? There’s nothing like sitting some celebrities down and having them read the rude and ridiculous shit people say about them on Twitter to really brighten up your day. The ones about musicians tend to be particularly hilarious, and now we have a whole new crop of artists to laugh at.