Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases

June 8, 2016

Western music is made up of just 12 notes, which yield a practically infinite number of songs. That's the theory, at least. It's only natural that composers mimic what's been successful in the past, but as Robin Thicke and Pharrell learned the...


Tom Petty, Elvis Costello Among Songwriting HOF Inductees

March 2, 2016

Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Marvin Gaye are among the music legends that will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a June 9th ceremony in New York. The Class of 2016 also includes Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards as...



Marvin Gaye III Not Suing 'Empire,' Contrary to Reports

August 10, 2015

Contrary to reports, Marvin Gaye's son, Marvin Gaye III, is not suing the creators of Empire. Speaking to Rolling Stone, his lawyer has denied the claims as reported by TMZ on Sunday. "My client has not filed a lawsuit regarding the Empire...


'Blurred Lines' Ruling Sliced to $5.3 Million, With a Catch

July 15, 2015

UPDATE: Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. officially issued their appeal in the "Blurred Lines" verdict, according to The Wrap. The judge presiding over the "Blurred Lines" trial agreed to cut the jury's March verdict of a $7.4 million award for...


'Blurred Lines' Legal Battle Explained: What Comes Next

March 20, 2015

A jury might have ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye's family in the highly publicized "Blurred Lines" lawsuit, but the legal battle continues. As he promised, Richard Busch, the attorney representing the Gaye family, filed a post-trial motion...


Pharrell Talks 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit for First Time

March 19, 2015

For the first time since being hit with a $7.3 million verdict in the "Blurred Lines" trial, Pharrell Williams has opened up about his thoughts regarding the court's decision to award the Marvin Gaye estate for similarities based on inspiration...


Marvin Gaye's Family May Target Pharrell's 'Happy' Next

March 13, 2015

UPDATE: Janis Gaye has released a statement refuting the rumors that the Gayes are planning on targeting "Happy" in a copyright suit similar to "Blurred Lines." "This is 100 percent false," she says. "We have absolutely no claim whatsoever concerning...


Marvin Gaye's Family Seeks to Halt Sales of 'Blurred Lines'

March 11, 2015

UPDATE: On Tuesday evening, the Gaye family officially filed an injunction attempting to block the distribution and sale of "Blurred Lines." Now that Marvin Gaye's family has won a copyright suit regarding the similarity of Robin Thicke, Pharrell...


Robin Thicke Plays Piano in Court at 'Blurred Lines' Trial

March 2, 2015

The battle over "Blurred Lines" continues in a Los Angeles courtroom as Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams face off against the Marvin Gaye estate over whether the Worst Song of 2013 infringed on the soul singer's "Got to Give It...


Miguel Talks Giving Billy Corgan Writing Credit on New LP

July 15, 2015

When Miguel realized his spiky guitar riff for Wildheart track "leaves" reminded him of Smashing Pumpkins' 1996 hit "1979," he reached out to the band's mastermind, Billy Corgan, and ended up giving the musician a co-writing credit....


T.I. Talks 'Blurred Lines': 'I Don't Steal From Anybody'

March 23, 2015

T.I. is shrugging off a recent legal motion on the part of attorney Richard Busch, who represented the family of Marvin Gaye in their highly publicized legal battle over the T.I.-featuring song "Blurred Lines." The lawyer has asked a judge to make...


Watch Bill Murray Weigh in on 'Blurred Lines'

March 20, 2015

Forget South by Southwest – as Jimmy Kimmel asserts, Bill Murray is a "one-man festival." The actor-comedian, for no other reason than to entertain attendees with his mere presence, dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s Thursday...


Marvin Gaye's Kids: What Our Father Would Say About Lawsuit

March 18, 2015

Marvin Gaye's children have penned an open letter in the hope of "set[ting] the record straight on a few misconceptions" in the media's coverage of their successful lawsuit against the writers of Robin Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines." Nona Gaye,...


Robin Thicke, Pharrell 'Sleep Well' After Verdict: Lawyer

March 12, 2015

Attorney Howard King, who represented Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in the "Blurred Lines" copyright lawsuit, says that, despite the verdict against his clients, the artists are adamant the 2013 hit did not infringe on Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give...


Robin Thicke and Pharrell Lose 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

March 10, 2015

UPDATE: A lawyer for the estate of Marvin Gaye tells Rolling Stone that he will try to block all future sales of "Blurred Lines" until an agreement is reached. Robin Thicke noticeably ripped off Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit...


'Motown 25' Special, Expansive Box Set Planned for Release

February 23, 2015

In 1983, music icons like Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross came together for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, a live NBC special that celebrated the 25th year of that legendary label. Now an updated version of the...



Robin Thicke Was High While Recording 'Blurred Lines'

September 15, 2014

UPDATE: Thicke has released a statement through his attorney Howard King. "Robin's moment of personal vulnerability is being exploited in the hope of diverting attention from the obvious weakness of their legal claim," King said in a statement. Robin...


Marvin Gaye Reimagines the National Anthem

February 13, 2014

Marvin Gaye was in the middle of a pretty remarkable comeback when the NBA tapped him to perform the National Anthem at the 1983 All-Star Game. After years out of the spotlight, the soul icon scored a worldwide hit in 1982 with "Sexual Healing." The lustful...


African-American Music Museum to Be Built in Nashville

April 9, 2014

A museum honoring the musical and cultural contributions of artists from Otis Redding to Marvin Gaye is set to be built in Nashville. The planned National Museum of African American Music will also honor black musicians who were local to Music City—Frank...


Ex-Wife of Marvin Gaye Dead at 92

January 31, 2014

Anna Gordy Gaye, older sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and ex-wife of Marvin Gaye, died today at age 92, a Motown representative confirmed. Gordy Gaye played a key role in Marvin Gaye's life, both personally and professionally. The pair met during...