Marvin Gaye’s Family Is Now Saying Pharrell Stole ‘Happy’ Too
Okay, maybe Marvin Gaye’s family has it out for Pharrell.
After winning an unprecedented seven-figure judgment from the court against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, all over the claim that the duo swiped the beat and sound from Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” for their hit single “Blurred Lines,” the Gaye family is now alleging that the Oscar-nominated, chart-topping hit “Happy” is a ripoff too.
In an interview with ET, Nona Gaye claimed that the smash hit shares significant similarities with her father’s song “Ain’t That Peculiar”.
“I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike,” Nona Gaye stated. However, she says they’re not going to be taking Pharrell to court for it since they’re “not in that space” right now. It was a sentiment backed up by Nona’s mother, Janis Gaye, who added, “We’re just in the moment today and we’re satisfied.”
This entire “Blurred Lines” verdict could potentially open up the floodgates. A lot of music is collaborative with past generations, sometimes consciously and other times unconsciously. I’m not saying that people should be free to swipe whatever elements they want from a popular song to use themselves, but I do worry that this will cause a bunch of frivolous lawsuits from overly litigious people who want a cut of a popular song, whether they actually have a case or not. Sure, “Happy” and “Ain’t That Peculiar” do have similar percussion, but if we’re going to cry foul over every song that has similar percussion to something that came before, artists might as well just stop releasing music altogether. All music is derivative in some form or fashion, that’s simply how music works. Hell, that’s how music evolves. And as much as I love Marvin Gaye’s music, it’s not as if he wasn’t influenced by artists who came before as well.
Anyway, you can listen to both “Happy” and “Ain’t That Peculiar” below to see if the Gaye family might have a case. Let us know what you think in the comments: