1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. After 'Blurred Lines' Verdict, Jermaine Dupri Understands Both Sides

    March 14, 2015 2:46 PM EDT As the music industry debates the fallout from the "Blurred Lines" copyright verdict, Grammy-winning producer Jermaine Dupri finds himself sympathetic to both Pharrell and Marvin Gaye 's family. Dupri, who helped Usher reach supe ...

  4. '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 ...

  5. 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 & ...

  6. 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 & ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. '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 ...

  10. '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 ...

  11. '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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. '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 ...

  14. '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 cou ...

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

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST 0 0 0 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; ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

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

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST 3.233 k 155 76 0 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 ...

  19. 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, w ...

  20. 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 t ...

  21. 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, ...

  22. 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 [email protected] . 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 TH ...

  23. 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 marketin ...

  24. 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 tria ...

  25. Paula Patton Files for Divorce From Robin Thicke

    October 08, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Paula Patton has filed for divorce from her long-separated husband Robin Thicke , the actress' rep confirms to Billboard .  Robin Thicke, Paula Patton List Their Hollywood Hills House for $3 Million Patton's filing includes joint custo ...

  26. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban ...

  27. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summe ...

  28. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were ...

  29. Robin Thicke Responds to 'Blurred Lines' Deposition

    September 15, 2014 9:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited,' his attorney tells Billboard. Since The Hollywood Reporter made public Robin Thicke 's deposition in an ongoing "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, much of the focus h ...

  30. Marvin Gaye's Children Use Audio Mashup to Prove 'Blurred Lines' Is Infringing

    September 08, 2014 7:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a court submission, the vocal material of 'Blurred Lines' plays over the instrumental of 'Got to Give It Up,' and vice versa. On Monday, Marvin Gaye 's children delivered a message to a California federal judge: Hearing i ...

  31. Parents Television Council Still Not Happy With ‘Toned Down’ MTV VMAs

    August 26, 2014 4:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 After the Parents Television Council urged MTV to avoid a repeat of last year's twerk-heavy Miley Cyrus performance at this year's Video Music Awards , the family-values watchdog group seemed mostly pleased with Sunday night's less ex ...

  32. VMAs Warned by Parents Television Council to Tone It Down

    August 18, 2014 5:14 PM EDT 8 1 0 'The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.' Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "pub ...

  33. Pharrell's 'Happy' is a Rare Bright Spot in Track Sales This Year

    August 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 If U.S. track sales in 2014 had one theme, it would be "Happy" versus everything else. Pharrell 's hit song is the only top 200track of 2014 that's outselling its 2013 counterpart. And it's the only track to have bucked the ...

  34. Pharrell's 'Happy' is a Rare Bright Spot in Track Sales This Year

    August 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT If U.S. track sales in 2014 had one theme, it would be "Happy" versus everything else. Pharrell 's hit song is the only top 200track of 2014 that's outselling its 2013 counterpart. And it's the only track to have bucked ...

  35. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources h ...

  36. Robin Thicke, Paula Patton List Their Hollywood Hills House for $3 Million

    July 24, 2014 3:42 AM EDT 0 0 0 Five months after they officially separated, the "Blurred Lines" singer and his wife of nine years have put their marital home on the Bird Streets up for sale. Following months of begging for a reunion and even naming his latest album afte ...

  37. Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    July 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Marvin Gaye's family "smelled money," says a motion for summary judgment that argues that last year's summer hit isn't substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blu ...

  38. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Reflects On His Weirdly Successful Week

    July 22, 2014 3:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered ...

  39. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th centur ...

  40. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marria ...

  41. The Juice Podcast 7/3/14: Robin Thicke, Trey Songz & Nicki Minaj's 2014 BET Awards Speech

    July 03, 2014 2:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke has been trying hard, publicly, to get back his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton. For this week's episode of the The Juice Podcast, I'm joined by Jozen Cummings (founder of Until I Get Married and NY Post Dating Reporter) ...

  42. Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll)

    July 01, 2014 3:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke is relentless. The singer-songwriter has put his public campaign – to get Paula Patton back – into overdrive. Today (July 1), on the same day as the release of his album, "Paula," Thicke debuts the music video for " Still ...

  43. Robin Thicke Reaches Out For 'Paula': Album Review

    June 27, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The begging begins about 55 seconds into "You're My Fantasy," the opening track on "Paula." Over gentle salsa strums, Robin Thicke pleads "please" seven times in a row to a woman whose absence feels ghostlike (& ...

  44. Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA Twigs: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 4

    Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA Twigs: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 4

    June 27, 2014 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA Twigs: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 3 June 27, 2014 Videos Sam Smith Robin Thicke ...

  45. Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA Twigs: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 4 (Watch)

    June 27, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the ...

  46. Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA Twigs: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 4

    Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA Twigs: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 4

    June 27, 2014 10:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA twigs: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 4, June 27, 2014. chartroundup , Sam Smith , Robin Thicke Real-Time Charts Sam Smith Robin Thicke ...

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