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Nile Rodgers Calls ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict ‘Shocking’

Nile Rodgers says it is "shocking" that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have been found guilty of plagiarism in the "Blurred Lines" court case, adding that he believed the song's composition was…

Musician Nile Rodgers says it is “shocking” that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke have been found guilty of plagiarism in the “Blurred Lines” court case, adding that he believed the song’s composition was not at all like Marvin Gaye‘s “Got to Give it Up.”

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Rodgers, of the band Chic, has worked alongside Williams in Daft Punk‘s smash hit “Get Lucky.” He said Gaye’s 1977 song and Thicke’s 2013 hit “didn’t really sound alike.”

He told The Associated Press Thursday in an interview: “Compositionally, purely compositionally, I don’t think they should have lost that case.” He added: “‘Got to Give it Up’ is clearly a blues structure, (‘Blurred Lines’) isn’t at all.”

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Williams and Thicke have been ordered to pay $7.4 million to the Gaye family.