1. 'Blurred Lines' Appeal Brief Says Artists Can't Copyright a Groove

    April 26, 2017 7:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 "A 'groove' or 'feeling' cannot be copyrighted, and inspiration is not copying." Lines have been drawn in the copyright battle between Marvin Gaye 's heirs and artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke  -- and the ...

  2. Stevie Wonder Collaborator Sylvia Moy Dies at 78

    April 18, 2017 7:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sylvia Moy, the Motown songwriter who collaborated on such breakthrough Stevie Wonder hits as “My Cherie Amour” and “I Was Made to Love Her,” died on Friday. According to the Detroit Free Press , Moy died at Beaumont (Oakwood) Hospital in Dearborn, ...

  3. Rewinding the Charts: In 1971, Marvin Gaye Had to Ask, 'What's Going On'

    March 27, 2017 2:00 PM EDT Affected by the social upheaval of the late '60s, the soul icon won a battle of wills with Motown to release his classic album. "WITH THE WORLD EXPLODING around me, how am I supposed to keep singing love songs?" Marvin Gaye asked hi ...

  4. How Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood's 'Fighter' Came Together: Inspired By His Wife, Partly Written in an Uber, Recorded All Over

    March 22, 2017 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nicole Kidman plu Charlie Puth’s duet with Meghan Trainor play big roles in their pop-heavy country hit. It's hooky, effervescent, distinct and uplifting. And it pairs two superstars at their commercial peaks. Keith Urban ’s duet with Carrie Un ...

  5. Presidents and Pop Music: Biggest Hot 100 Hits for Each President Since JFK

    February 20, 2017 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 From Frank Sinatra retooling “High Hopes” for John F. Kennedy's run for the White House, to Ronald Reagan’s ironic use of “Born in the U.S.A” in his re-election bid, and Bill Clinton’s iconic saxophone cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” on  The Arseni ...

  6. Ballin' Out Podcast: NBA Legend George 'The Iceman' Gervin Talks 2017 All-Star Game, 2 Chainz Comparison & 'Good Friend' Marvin Gaye

    January 13, 2017 5:26 PM EST 0 0 0 NBA and ABA legend George Gervin may be the man behind the finger roll , but the former San Antonio Spur also had a great ear for music. On episode 16 of Billboard's  Ballin' Out  podcast, The Iceman recalled living through the rise of Mot ...

  7. Marvin Gaye's Family Gets Boost From Songwriters, Musicologists in 'Blurred Lines' Appeal

    December 28, 2016 8:38 PM EST 0 0 0 When attorneys for Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke appealed the controversial jury verdict against the "Blurred Lines" creators, hundreds of artists rallied behind them. Now it's Marvin Gaye 's family that's seeing an out ...

  8. 'Blurred Lines' Appeal Gets Support From More Than 200 Musicians

    August 30, 2016 5:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 An eclectic group of artists from R. Kelly to Hans Zimmer tell the 9th Circuit that the verdict "if allowed to stand, is very dangerous to the music community." When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke first launched a lawsuit three years a ...

  9. 'Blurred Lines' Creators Urge Appeals Court to Reverse Marvin Gaye Family's Trial Victory

    August 24, 2016 3:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. file their opening brief at the 9th Circuit. It's now time for a new round in the legal saga surrounding "Blurred Lines," the monster hit by Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams that was  condemn ...

  10. Ed Sheeran: A Tale of Two Song Theft Lawsuits (and a Thousand Journalists)

    August 11, 2016 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 How should reporters treat legal claims like the one that alleges the pop superstar infringed Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On"? In the media business, there is a tendency to treat all lawsuits with some sort of equivalency ...

  11. Ed Sheeran Sued Over Similarities to Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On': Report

    August 09, 2016 9:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ed Sheeran is reportedly being sued over claims he ripped off Marvin Gaye 's classic "Let's Get It On" on his hit song "Thinking Out Loud." Ed Sheeran Interrupted His Vacation to Jam With Foy Vance: Watch TMZ reports th ...

  12. Marvin Gaye's Family On Board for 'What's Going On?' Documentary

    July 14, 2016 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Marvin Gaye 's family has approved a forthcoming documentary called Marvin, What's Going On ? that will focus on the creation of the late singer's 1971 classic effort What's Going On. The film, which is being developed by Noah Me ...

  13. Charles Kelley Cops Blue-Eyed Soul on Rule-Breaking 'Lonely Girl'

    May 03, 2016 7:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Lady Antebellum member mines some classic sounds with his Chris Stapleton-penned single. The key to Charles Kelley ’s new single, "Lonely Girl," can be found at the end of the second line in the song. As the Lady Antebellum  member str ...

  14. Judge Denies Marvin Gaye Family's Request for Pharrell and Robin Thicke to Pay Their Legal Fees

    April 12, 2016 3:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Marvin Gaye's heirs had asked for about $3.5 million in attorney's fees and costs connected to their legal fight with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. The Gaye family will have to foot the bill for the attorneys they hired to take their ...

  15. Songwriters Hall of Fame to Induct Tom Petty, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Costello

    March 02, 2016 10:53 AM EST 0 0 0 Elvis Costello , Tom Petty and the late Marvin Gaye are among the artists selected to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, set for June 9 in New York City. Joining that trio of legends will be 1960s hitmaker Chip Taylor and Chic principles ...

  16. Kygo Brings Tropical House, MØ & Shaggy to Barclays Center: Live Review

    January 22, 2016 12:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Kygo ’s career to date can be summarized with a series of impressive statistics: he’s one of the 25 most played artists in Spotify’s history , and he amassed a billion streams on the platform in a single year -- for the bean counters keeping tally, ...

  17. Rachel Platten Shares Her Personal Playlist -- From Ultimate Make-Out Song to Favorite Hangover Tune

    January 08, 2016 5:38 PM EST Everyone already knows the song that Rachel Platten likes to kick ass to: Her breakout hit, “Fight Song,” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 34-year-old singer, who released her major-label debut, Wildfire , Jan. 1 on Columbia, reveals ...

  18. Charlie Puth Debuts the 'Piana-Pella' Version of 'One Call Away': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 10, 2015 3:00 PM EST 0 0 0 First discovered on YouTube, Charlie Puth  has lent his talents to multiple get-stuck-in-your-head good tracks in 2015, including “Marvin Gaye” featuring Meghan Trainor and “See You Again” featuring Wiz Khalifa , which has garnered Puth both Grammy ...

  19. Lido & Santell on New EP 'The Passion Project': 'This Is R&B Without Compromises'

    October 23, 2015 3:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B has always played a crucial role in pushing the edges of sensuality in pop. One of this year’s steamiest projects comes from an unexpected source -- a collaboration between Lido, known in recent years for making electronic music, and Santell ...

  20. John Legend Gets Soulful Covering 'Sexual Healing' With Kygo: Watch

    October 19, 2015 8:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Legend helped make Kygo 's show at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles a good deal sexier, joining the tropical house producer and DJ for his cover of Marvin Gaye 's classic "Sexual Healing." John Legend Covers Springsteen, Red ...

  21. Jay Z's 'Big Pimpin'' Dispute Bound to Raise Cost of Making Hip Hop Music

    October 18, 2015 10:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's no dispute that Jay Z's 1999 hit "Big Pimpin'" includes elements of a 1950s Egyptian love ballad, yet the flute notes taken from "Khosara Khosara" have created a lingering problem for the rapper and a hit-m ...

  22. Charlie Puth Says Wiz Khalifa Is a Good Influence on Him: Watch Exclusive Performances & Interview

    September 25, 2015 4:55 PM EDT 2.157 k 103 54 Armed with a Manhattan School of Music background and a humble New Jersey upbringing, Charlie Puth  has quickly grown into a successful hitmaker. While “ See You Again ” with Wiz Khalifa topped the Billboard Hot 100 (Puth wrote the hit on o ...

  23. Charlie Puth Performs 'Marvin Gaye' at the Billboard Studio

    Charlie Puth Performs 'Marvin Gaye' at the Billboard Studio

    September 25, 2015 4:28 PM EDT 3 0 0 Charlie Puth stopped by the Billboard studio in September 2015 to perform his hit song "Marvin Gaye". Marvin Gaye , Studio Session , live performance , Charlie Puth , Charlie Puth , Marvin Gaye Videos Charlie Puth Marvin Gaye ...

  24. Marvin Gaye's Son Claims 'Empire' Idea Was His, According to Report

    August 10, 2015 11:56 AM EDT 1.297 k 199 41 UPDATED 8/11: Marvin Gaye III's lawyer has denied he is the source of the TMZ report. Speaking with Rolling Stone Magazine , Paul Philips said,  "Right now, Marvin's interests and our efforts remain focused on the 'Blurr ...

  25. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor's 'Marvin Gaye' Hits Top 40

    August 06, 2015 7:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pair's ode to an icon jumps 48-36. Plus, moves for Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Janet & Bea Miller. As previously reported, OMI's "Cheerleader" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 15) for a fourth week, whi ...

  26. Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke & T.I. Lawyer Insists: 'Blurred Lines' Copyright Fight Not Over

    July 15, 2015 4:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 A lawyer for Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. says the musicians will appeal a verdict and ruling that found they improperly copied Marvin Gaye 's music for their hit "Blurred Lines." 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit: ...

  27. Miguel Explores Race, Finds New Voice On 'Wildheart'

    July 13, 2015 11:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans," Miguel sings on the song, "What's Normal Anyway." The R&B star, who is black and Mexican, explores his racial identity and more on the track, which he calls "th ...

  28. Robin Thicke Talks Marvin Gaye Lawsuit

    Robin Thicke Talks Marvin Gaye Lawsuit

    July 02, 2015 1:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke maintains that he did not plagiarize Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" when he co-wrote "Blurred Lines" in his first interview since a jury decided otherwise. Thicke told The New York Tim blurred lines , propert ...

  29. Robin Thicke on 'Blurred Lines' & Going on Hiatus: 'I Had Lost My Way'

    July 01, 2015 4:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke recently sat down for his first post-"Blurred Lines"-verdict  interview  with the New York Times , in which he opened up about many of his recent struggles -- both legal and otherwise. Regarding the conclusion of a California ...

  30. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, New Kids on the Block 'Step'-ped to No. 1

    June 29, 2015 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 In 1990, 'Step by Step' ruled the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Nelly, Michael Jackson & Katy Perry. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. June 29, 200 ...

  31. Universal Tells 'Blurred Lines' Judge Not to Violate Its Seventh Amendment Right

    June 02, 2015 12:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 The right to a jury trial is the latest legal concept that gets blurred in this high-profile case. As a judge gets set to figure out what to do with a jury's $7.4 million verdict over "Blurred Lines," an argument has erupted between t ...

  32. Jan Gaye Remembers Falling In Love With Marvin Gaye At Just 17 Years Old

    Jan Gaye Remembers Falling In Love With Marvin Gaye At Just 17 Years Old

    May 21, 2015 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jan Gaye joins HuffPost Live and talks about how she fell in love with Marvin at just 17 years old. Marvin Gaye , books , HuffPost Live Highlights , 5minmedia , Memoir , Jan Gaye , Marvin Gaye Videos Jan Gaye Marvin Gaye ...

  33. 'Uptown Funk!' Gains More Writers After Gap Band's Legal Claim

    May 01, 2015 12:21 AM EDT Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!” -- the Bruno Mars  featuring hit that recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks -- originally had six songwriters. On April 28, it officially picked up another five. According to documents from RCA Records, w ...

  34. T.I. Weighs In On 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

    March 21, 2015 9:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the aftermath of the "Blurred Lines" verdict , in which a jury decided to award $7.4 million in profits and damages to Marvin Gaye 's family, the family now wants the judge to "correct" the verdict and add a few more part ...

  35. Watch Pharrell Talk 'Blurred Lines' Trial: 'The Verdict Was Based on Emotion'

    March 20, 2015 6:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Losing a verdict for $7.3 million must be a tough pill to swallow. Following Thursday's interview with the Financial Times , Pharrell Williams is again talking about the "Blurred Lines" trial and the ruling that he, Robin Thicke and T ...

  36. Pharrell: 'Blurred Lines' Ruling 'Is About Protecting the Intellectual Rights of People Who Have Ideas'

    March 19, 2015 7:49 PM EDT 5.953 k 150 6 After a Los Angeles jury earlier this month found Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke had ripped off Marvin Gaye 's "Got to Give It Up" on their hit "Blurred Lines," Williams is still adamant in his stance his song wa ...

  37. Gaye Children Pen Open Letter to 'Set the Record Straight' on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict

    March 18, 2015 9:22 PM EDT Marvin Gaye 's children have written an open letter in hopes to "set the record straight on a few misconceptions" surrounding their winning case against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines.&qu ...

  38. Marvin Gaye Family Wants 'Blurred Lines' Judge to Punish T.I. & Record Labels Too

    March 18, 2015 5:35 PM EDT 2.684 k 123 40 Now that the trial is over, the winning side asks that the jury's verdict be corrected & demands an injunction. If a jury's decision to award $7.4 million in profits and damages to Marvin Gaye 's family represents the &qu ...

  39. Charlie Puth Talks Meghan Trainor Duet 'Marvin Gaye' & His Plea to James Taylor

    March 17, 2015 1:00 AM EDT The rising pop star also discusses his "Tonight Show" debut, working with Wiz Khalifa & co-writing "Slow Motion" for Trey Songz. To say that 2015 should be a busy year for Charlie Puth is an understatement. The 23-year-ol ...

  40. '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 ...

  41. 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" plagi ...

  42. 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 cl ...

  43. '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 indu ...

  44. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Girls Keep Motown Week Swinging

    March 05, 2015 11:31 PM EST As "Motown Week" continues on American Idol , Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . return to the Fillmore in Detroit to hear the top eight girls perform for their shot at season 14's top 12. Just as with the boys ...

  45. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Guys Compete for Motown Supremacy

    March 05, 2015 1:06 AM EST The first performer to take the stage on American Idol tonight gets a standing ovation from judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . But it isn't one of the season 14 contestants who lights up the Fillmore in Detroit. It ...

  46. '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 p ...

  47. Marvin Gaye Family Says Jury Has Been 'Poisoned' By 'Blurred Lines' Trial Testimony

    March 02, 2015 6:36 PM EST 1.545 k 143 42 The judge is asked to do something about 'confusing, wrong & entirely prejudicial' comments by Robin Thicke's side. As the Blurred Lines trial enters its second week, attorneys for Marvin Gaye 's children are seeking ...

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

    February 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST 1.897 k 113 57 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 de ...

  49. 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&quo ...

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