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Robin Thicke and Pharrell owe Marvin Gaye $7 million

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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.

From TMZ:

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.

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Robin Thicke was high while recording ‘Blurred Lines’ (and throughout 2013)

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Robin Thicke is one of the biggest losers out there. He treats women like shit, he pathetically stalked his soon-to-be ex-wife when she finally left him, he’s full of himself, he constantly lies about his accomplishments… you get the gist.

We’re here to talk about that last part, today. You see, the estate of Marvin Gaye is suing Robin and Pharrell, who produced the track, for ripping off Marvin’s 1977 hit, ‘Got to Give It Up’. In fact, some reports even say that Robin specifically asked Pharrell to write a track that was reminiscent of Marvin’s, though now Robin says that was a lie, as was pretty much everything else he said throughout 2013 because he was actually pretty high and drunk all year.

From Slate:

After objecting to a mash-up of the two songs (“Mozart would be rolling in his grave right now”), he backtracks on comments he previously made to GQ about asking Pharrell to write a song in the vein of “Got to Give It Up.” He now says he made the whole story up to fortify his wounded ego: “After making six albums that I wrote and produced myself, the biggest hit of my career was written and produced by somebody else and I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit.”

But the most striking revelation comes when Thicke tries to explain his role—or lack thereof—in the song’s creation:

Q: Were you present during the creation of “Blurred Lines”?
Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.
Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?
Thicke: To be honest, that’s the only part where—I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted—I —I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I—because I didn’t want him—I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.

He later says he continued to exaggerate his participation in the making of the song to “help sell records” and because he was not sober in a single interview that he gave in 2013. That doesn’t make him look very good, of course, but it also helps undercut the comments he’s made that seem to bolster the Gaye estate’s case.

LOL, okay, idiot. I mean, how sad and pathetic is this guy? He needs to go away for a long, long time. Also, he needs to be sued and forced to pay up for deliberately copying someone else’s song. I don’t for one second believe that he “made up” the story about asking for a song like Marvin Gaye’s. What would be the point of that lie? That’s not “taking credit” for anything – that’s admitting that you’re a shithead who has no originality and wants to copy off of something else that was actually good. Pharrell’s a dumbass, as well, and should have to pay up for going along with that nonsense.

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Pharrell thinks it’s not possible to be a feminist


In today’s edition of Pharrell Is Not Very Smart, we’ve got a pretty choice interview he did with Channel 4 in the UK, in which he actually says that it’s not possible for him to be a feminist, though he would totally love to be… if only he could!

I’ve been asked, am I a feminist?” the singer and producer said during an interview with Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that.”

When asked why, he responded plainly. “I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is, I do support feminists. There’s injustices; there are inequalities that need to be addressed.”

…Take, for example, when he spoke in support of Hillary Clinton:

“I would love to see a woman run the country,” he said. “Historically, this world has been run by man. And what would a world be like if 75 percent our world leaders, our presidents and prime ministers, were female? What would that world be like? We don’t know, because we haven’t given it a shot. We’re too busy telling them what they can and can’t do with their bodies. Or, we’re too busy, you know, not allowing them to make the same amount of money that a man makes.”

Oh dear. Look, Pharrell is not really a smart guy. Does he make catchy songs? Sure. Is he a great thinker? Definitely not. I watched an interview with him after he performed at BBC Radio 1′s Big Weekend last weekend and was stunned at how braindead he seemed. I think he was high as a kite, but weed makes you lazy, not completely ignorant.

Newsflash to Pharrell and whoever else doesn’t get it: it’s “possible” for EVERYONE to be a feminist, and it’s quite simple. If you think men and women are completely equal in every way and deserve the same rights and privileges, congrats! You’re a feminist! Jesus.

Here’s the video for ya:

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Here’s some weird shit you never knew about Pharrell


Pharrell is a bit of an odd guy. Everyone loves him – particularly white people, at the moment – so he’s all over the place these days, it seems. Even US Weekly put together a list of 25 things you may not have known about him, as told by the man himself. Here are some of the strangest/most hilarious of them:

8. Daisies are my favorite flowers.

10. I drink Pedialyte almost every day.

12. I like eating Crunchy Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s on Nilla wafers.

15. I wear Mickey Mouse slippers around the house.

17. Cinnamon Toast Crunch is my all-time favorite cereal.

18. One of the best things in life is having a tall glass of soda with tons of ice — extra-cold!

25. I love Spongebob Squarepants toe socks so much that I had a cashmere pair made.

So what I’m getting from this is that Pharrell is a giant 8-year-old child? Mickey Mouse, Spongebob, sugary cereal, Pedialyte? I mean, come on! Cracks me up, but he does seem like a pretty sweet guy, I guess (with the Robin Thicke bullshit being the exception, but some people are just ignorant).

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Oprah made Pharrell cry!

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Pharrell‘s ‘Happy’ is a massive success – I don’t know anyone on this planet who hates this song (go ahead, someone prove me wrong because I know it’s coming) and for good reason. I wouldn’t call myself a Pharrell fan, but I think he makes some pretty solid music (Robin Thicke collab withstanding) and ‘Happy’ is just a REALLY great, feel-good song. And in this day and age with all the bullshit in the world, sometimes something really positive and upbeat with no pretense at all is just… refreshing, and yes, kinda moving.

Sitting down with Oprah for her Oprah Prime series, he was shown a video made by fans around the world who were dancing and singing along in countries like Iceland, Senegal and beyond. Just seeing the effect this song has had on the world made Pharrell emotional – like, REALLY emotional – and he was reduced to tears.

First of all, even if I went on Oprah to talk about how much I liked chocolate or something, I feel like I would cry. That’s what you do with Oprah! Let it out!

That being said, that was pretty great. Even I got a little teary-eyed!

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Best, Worst, and WTF Fashion of the Brit Awards!


Jessie J in ghastly lipstick.

Time to celebrate Brits in all their glory with the 2014 Brit Awards. Let’s see which (mostly English) celebs wore what and wonder why. Then, single out some for BEST, WORST, and most WTF look of the night. (For more British fashion goodness, check out this BAFTA Awards fashion post.)

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Turns Out, Pharrell Is Not So Smart

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Pharrell is all the rage again these days, picking up awards left and right and really taking over mainstream pop. Between the success of his collaboration with Daft Punk and now ‘Happy’, which is a great fucking song and does indeed make one rather joyous, he’s riding high. Of course, we have to remember the start of this comeback, of sorts, which was his work with Robin Thicke on ‘Blurred Lines’, the worst song in history, and yet one of the catchiest.

We all know Robin Thicke is a scumbag. Every single one of his songs is about how great his dick is and how you DEFINITELY want a bit of it, even if you say you don’t. After all, you just need some convincing, so don’t bother resisting, because he’s going to give it to you even if you say no. Robin Thicke is a borderline vocal rapist and everyone knows it, but apparently that’s not how Pharrell sees it.

No, Pharrell thinks ‘Blurred Lines’ wasn’t about sex at all! In fact, he wouldn’t have liked all those naked women in the video if there was anything sexual about it. UHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH?????????

Sorry, my brain just exploded.

From Time Out:

“There were lots of women who wanted to understand what we meant by those lyrics. But the two lines go: ‘You don’t need no papers/That man is not your maker’.

“Boom! Lyrically, you’re done: there’s nothing else to talk about. ‘That man is not your maker’. Plus that treatment was written and shot by a female director, who’s a feminist.”

“Is it sexist when you walk around in a museum and a lot of the statues have their boobs out? The women in that video weren’t doing anything sexual: they were only dancing.

“Just because they had their boobs out, that was ‘sexist’. I didn’t do anything sexually suggestive to any of those women, I wouldn’t allow it. I have respect and I know the message that I want to put out. I’m a fun guy’.”

Okay, I… don’t really know where to start with the sheer idiocy/ignorance here. First of all, saying TWO LINES in an entire song about how a man is not your maker does not give you a clean slate to do whatever the fuck else you wanna do for the rest of the track… especially when the rest of the track is you telling her that that OTHER guy might not tell her what to do, but YOU will because YOU know she “wants it”.

And yes, your idea of a “fun” time as a guy is to have naked women dancing around you. If this wasn’t sexual – which, in the great words of Judge Judith Scheinlin, don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining – why would they need to be naked? What artistic purpose did it serve? That you fully clothed men are singing about convincing a woman how bad she wants you while they dance around you naked with pouty lips? Christ almighty.

Sorry, Pharrell, not buying your sack of shit today. He’s either arrogant as shit and thinks we’re all stupid or HE is actually that stupid. I can’t decide which would be worse.

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