Singled Out: Robin Thick Shares The Story Behind 'Blurred Lines'
In an interview with Radio.com, the singer-songwriter said that the track, featuring T.I. and Pharrell, stemmed from a simple jam session where he and Pharrell were throwing out ideas.
"I came into the studio and I was like, 'You know, I love this Marvin Gaye 'Got to Give It Up' song. It is one of my favorite songs of all time. I wonder if I can take that feel and maybe make something fresh,'" Thicke recalled.
The Gaye family went on to form a major lawsuit against Thicke over the song, claiming copyright infringement, to which Thicke later countered with his own suit explaining that "being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement" and that "the intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era."
Which "Blurred Lines" does, harkening back to the soul music of the '60s that got everyone dancing, which is exactly the effect it had on Thicke himself.
"One of the first things Pharrell did was go, 'Hey, hey, hey!' and then we started having such a great time," he explained.
Thicke notes that Pharrell — who produced the track and is up for Producer of the Year — was a big reason the song has been so successful. "Pharrell, being one of the great hitmakers of the last 20 years, he really has an amazing ability, like a great director, like Scorsese or Spielberg, to see the artist and individually create something…that is different from what he would create for another artist," Thicke said. "A lot of producers try to put their sound onto you, where Pharrell really creates something individual for the artist." Read more.
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