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Pharrel Williams Testifies In Blurred Line Trial, As Case Draws to An End

March 5, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Pharrel Williams Testifies In Blurred Line Trial, As Case Draws to An End

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Singer, producer Pharrell Williams testified in front of a jury on Wednesday, that he did not use material from Marvin Gaye’s “Got to give it up” to write the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”

The trial is drawing to a conclusion, and a federal jury will soon decide if Williams and Robin Thicke’s hit plagiarized Gaye’s 1977 hit song. Testimony is set to wrap up on Thursday, with Rapper T.I., who is also featured in the song, expected to take the stand.

Williams, who wrote most of the lyrics and music, even though Thicke and T.I. have songwriting credits, told the jury he can understand how people can say both songs are similar.

However, Williams, 41, maintained that tat wasn’t his intention during the songwriting process.

Williams testified Wednesday, “He’s (Gaye) one of the singers we look up to, so this is the last place I want to be.” He added, “the last thing I do is take something from an artist that I loved.” Williams did say he took inspiration from Phrases he heard listening to Gaye growing up in the disco era for elements of “Blurred Lines,”

Williams took the stand for more than an hour. He explained to a packed courtroom how he wrote “Blurred Lines” while he was in between working on songs with Miley Cyrus and rapper Earl Sweatshirt.

He brought Thicke in after he had written the music and lyrics. Williams went on to explain that once he quickly summarized the track, they began recording. The singer recalled, “We were bopping and dancing, It was a cool evening.”

U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt cut off Williams several times mid-sentence, telling the singer his answers were too lengthy. Thicke and Williams, both testified earlier to making $5 million dollars a piece for the hit track

After the single hit the airwaves, he then recognized how ‘Blurred Lines” was similar to Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up,” but insisted it played no part in the songwriting process.

The family of Marvin Gaye’s attorney Richard S. Busch, cross-examined Williams and asked the singer if “Blurred Lines has the feel of the same era Gaye recorded his hit.” Williams responded. “Feel, yes, Not infringed.”

Robin Thicke testified last week that although he has some songwriting credit on “Blurred Lines,” Pharrell did most the work. Thicke showed the jury examples how certain details of chords and sheet music can highlight how completely different songs can have comparable part that might sound the same.

He used songs from U2 and The Beatles as examples of how songs could sound similar.

Evidence presented includes audio analysis of chords and melodies from both songs. Members of the jury listened to “Blurred Lines.” Attorney’s for Gaye’s family requested for jurors hear “Got to Give It Up.”

However, the judge limited how the track could be presented to the jury because court rulings state Gaye’s song can be played for the jury as it occurs only in the sheet music submitted for the copyright protection.

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