‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Reveals That Robin Thicke’s Hit Made More Than $16 Million Dollars
To refresh your memory, Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. are being sued by Marvin Gaye's family, who claim that "Blurred Lines" is a rip-off of their late father's song "Got to Give It Up." And as the trial resumed, both sides reportedly agreed on exactly how much the biggest hit of 2013 earned.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Blurred Lines" made $16,675,690, with Thicke earning $5,658,214, Pharrell taking home $5,153,457 and T.I. receiving $704,774. The record companies reportedly earned the rest of the money. THR claims that Gaye's children are suing the three artists for damages, as well as the profits from both the song itself and tour.
As we previously reported, Robin Thicke and Pharrell already lost the first round of the case back in October, where a judge, the LA Times claimed, apparently ruled that the prosecution “have made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.'" Since the artists still maintained that they did not rip off the song, the case went to trial in February.
The case previously made headlines after Robin Thicke admitted in his deposition that Pharrell wrote the entire song. Thicke also claimed that he was drunk and high during every interview he gave that year -- including interviews during which he discussed that the Marvin Gaye hit inspired "Blurred Lines." He also admitted that he was both drunk and high when he showed up at the studio to write and record the song.
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