1. 'Blurred Lines' Verdict: How It Started, Why It Backfired on Robin Thicke and Why Songwriters Should Be Nervous

    March 13, 2015 3:49 PM EDT Most civil lawsuits, some say 90 percent of them, are settled before they ever go to trial. The same holds true for copyright infringement lawsuits, say music industry lawyers. Most infringement cases are settled before they go to trial. Lots of writers of hit songs get approached by…

  2. Why the 'Blurred Lines' Verdict Is an Uphill Battle for Copycats

    March 13, 2015 11:30 AM EDT In the music business, few things are as sacrosanct as credit and compensation. Inevitably, many aggrieved songwriters will hear news of the nearly $7.4 million verdict against  Robin Thicke  and  Pharrell Williams  for lifting from  Marvin Gaye 's "Got to Give It Up" to…

  3. Could Pharrell's 'Happy' Be the Next Target of a Copyright Lawsuit?

    March 13, 2015 12:31 AM EDT Pharrell Williams could be in for another unhappy legal saga. Williams and  Robin Thicke were found by a Los Angeles jury to have infringed upon the copyright of Marvin Gaye's estate, which had claimed the song "Blurred Lines" plagiarized from Gaye's 1970s single "…

  4. Robin Thicke & Pharrell's Lawyer to Appeal 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

    March 11, 2015 10:59 PM EDT The attorney who represented Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the "Blurred Lines" case said he would be appealing the verdict handed down on Tuesday.  Howard King told Fox Business Network that he would appeal the order that his clients pay $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye's…

  5. 'Blurred Lines' Verdict: Music Lawyers Weigh In

    March 11, 2015 4:39 PM EDT The "Blurred Lines" verdict -- which ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams ' megahit song was improperly drawn from Marvin Gaye 's 1977 song "Got to Give It Up" -- has sent a ripple throughout the music industry, as artists consider the ramifications…

  6. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Pharrell Says Marvin Gaye Never Came Into His Head in the Studio

    March 04, 2015 9:55 PM EST Pharrell Williams testified in a single phrase to what he thinks "Blurred Lines" shares with the Marvin Gaye song it's said to copy: "Feel; not infringement." That's the dispute in the trial currently in its second week in Los Angeles federal court, with the…

  7. 'Blurred Lines' Trial Reveals Robin Thicke, Pharrell Made Over $5 Million From Disputed Song

    March 03, 2015 2:22 PM EST As the "Blurred Lines" trial resumed, jurors got an inside peak at the financial success of the song credited to Robin Thicke , Pharrell Williams and T.I. . Both sides agree with an accounting statement that attributes $16,675,690 in profits for "Blurred Lines," which…

  8. Seven Things to Know About the Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye 'Blurred Lines' Trial

    February 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye's 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Seven Things to Know With the "Blurred Lines" trial underway in Los Angeles this week, songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are defending their 2013 smash song against claims…

  9. 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Robin Thicke Performs Piano Medley in Court

    February 25, 2015 8:48 PM EST The artist testified -- including musically -- on the second day of the trial, with Pharrell & several members of Marvin Gaye's family present in court. The "Blurred Lines" trial on Wednesday (Feb. 25) included a bit of unusual testimony: a short piano medley performed…

  10. 'Blurred Lines' Trial Opens As Jurors Hear Dueling Arguments About What's At Stake

    February 24, 2015 5:33 PM EST Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & members of the Marvin Gaye family were on hand at a Los Angeles federal courtroom for the start of the copyright infringement trial. The "Blurred Lines" trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. On Tuesday (Feb. 24), Robin Thicke…

  11. Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST There's something slightly incestuous -- in a good way -- about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation's annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; celebrating a different theme each year,…

  12. Marvin Gaye's Family Doubts 'Fair Trial' in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    January 27, 2015 5:13 PM EST A judge rules out use of a sound recording of 'Got to Give It Up' at a trial next month. When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke brought a lawsuit in August 2013 and demanded a judicial ruling that the monster hit "Blurred Lines" wasn't a copyright infringement of…

  13. Will Marvin Gaye Be Heard at the 'Blurred Lines' Trial Next Month?

    January 06, 2015 7:14 PM EST On Feb. 10, Pharrell Williams & Robin Thicke are scheduled to be in a courtroom to defend the originality of 'Blurred Lines.' Next month, many ears will be attuned to a federal courtroom in California where the family of Marvin Gaye will do battle against Pharrell Williams and…

  14. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST Nevermind that snow may hit Las Vegas on New Year's Eve -- the desert destination may have quietly usurped New York City as the country's most banging music hotspot to ring in 2015. This year, everyone from Jennifer Lopez , Lady Gaga (with Tony Bennett ) and Britney…

  15. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at…

  16. Kiesza, MAGIC! to Perform at Canada's Juno Awards

    December 02, 2014 11:01 PM EST Canada's Juno Awards on Tuesday named retro-electro dance star Kiesza and rock-reggae group MAGIC! to perform at the country's music awards on March 15, 2015 . YouTube phenom Shawn Mendes and Canadian rockers Hedley also join the early talent lineup unveiled by the Canadian…

  17. Bono, Robin Thicke Make GQ's List of 'Least Influential People'

    November 24, 2014 2:38 PM EST Bono just can't catch a break, can he? On the mend after suffering a nasty fall from his bike earlier this month, the rocker and his band U2 have topped GQ 's highly influential Least Influential People of 2014 list. As you can expect, the mag slices into Bono (the "Tom…

  18. Ask Billboard: All-Taylor Swift Edition

    November 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT SHOULD THE NEXT SINGLES BE FROM 1989 ? This mailbag&…

  19. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

  20. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S.…

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