Posts tagged "Marvin Gaye"

Marvin Gaye’s Family Settles With Sony/ATV Over “Blurred Lines” Controversy

Well! Here’s a complicated legal kerfuffle that sounds like a storyline I would not be able to follow on The Good Wife: The publishing company Sony/ATV has settled with Marvin Gaye‘s family over a lawsuit stemming from claims that Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” ripped off one of Gaye’s compositions. (The lawsuit isn’t over, but at least one piece of it is.)

In short: Thicke filed for declaratory relief from allegations from Gaye’s family that “Blurred Lines” was too similar to Marvin Gaye’s “Give It To Me”; in response, Gaye’s family brought counterclaims against Thicke as well as Sony/ATV, who were supposed to protect the Gaye catalog from, y’know, people stealing old songs and turning them into new ones. Since Sony/ATV also administered rights on “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s family claimed that they couldn’t be impartial (because they had a stake in the success of “Blurred Lines,” which was becoming a mega-hit). More »

“Blurred Lines” Copyright Fight: Robin Thicke, Pharrell & T.I. Sue Marvin Gaye Estate

Well this is a bitter chapter in the “Blurred Lines” tale. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Robin Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. have preemptively sued Marvin Gaye’s family and Funkadelic‘s rights-owners over claims that the smash hit of 2013 copied the respective acts’ “Got To Give It Up” and “Sexy Ways.”

“Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists,” the suit reads. “Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs’ massively successful composition, ‘Blurred Lines,’ copies ‘their’ compositions.”

Compare the three songs below and let us know if you think it’s inspiration or blatant imitation. More »

Justin Bieber Can’t Catch A Break, Loses To Kim Kardashian As 2012′s Most Searched Person: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Justin Bieber was Bing’s most searched person in 2011, but this year he was edged out by Kim Kardashian. Biebs still finished as the top musician, on a list primarily comprising pop megastars. Selena Gomez this year sprung to #6 on the list, probably thanks to her Bieber drama. [Bing]

:: Big Sean says he recorded a song for Cruel Winter, the sequel to G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer compilation. He was mum about a pre-Christmas release, but said that unlike the original, this comp will actually come out during the season it’s named after. [Complex]

:: Lenny Kravitz is playing Marvin Gaye in a biopic about the late singer. This is Kravitz’s first lead role, and he’ll begin filming next year. [Rolling Stone]

:: Ricky Martin is ending his run as Che in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Evita musical. His final performance is on January 26. As for what’s next, the Latin pop star may get his own TV show and has hinted at plans to make new music. [Billboard]

:: Paul McCartney is returning to Saturday Night Live for the Martin Short-hosted Christmas episode on December 15. He last performed on (and took over) the show in 2010, and this will be his fourth time playing SNL. [Spin]

After the jump, find out which music acts you can find on the tube today. More »

Patrick Stump Loves Marvin Gaye, Iggy Pop And Bowties: Favorites

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Favorites is our recurring video series on the personal preferences of the pop artists who inspire us. Because the artists we love love stuff too.

As Patrick Stump is one of our favorite solo artists of 2011, we sat down with the Soul Punk singer to find out what some of his favorites things are. In our second installment of our Favorites series (head back to watch our debut video with Kelly Clarkson!), the Fall Out Boy frontman shared some of the places, people and things that makes his world go ’round.

Can you guess Patrick’s favorite way to unwind? How about his favorite new style accessory? Or his all-time favorite city? (Okay, that one might be fairly easy to guess.) More »

Mickey Mouse And Minnie Mouse Engage In Some (Creepy) “Digital Love”

Those copyright cops at YouTube deleted the account of Trunks6, a genius at combining peculiar pop songs with clips from Disney films, late last year. (They must hate love.) But the man is back—and he’s brought back his greatest hits for us to enjoy again. If you love romance and the somewhat icky feelings that watching animated dogs and cats frolicking to a particularly erotic Marvin Gaye song arouse in your soul, you’re in for a treat today.



Steven, the man behind the TrunksXV username, enjoys Metal Gear Solid, both All Dogs Go To Heaven films and, of course, love. And he’s working towards a career in the film industry! How could someone not snap him up with clips like these?

Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing”:

Daft Punk, “Digital Love”:

Hall & Oates, “Kiss On My List”:

The La’s, “There She Goes”:

God bless you, TrunksXV. Sure, I hadn’t spent much time thinking about The Aristocats recently, but when I see out-of-context clips of the lead characters set to a Hall and Oates track, all those great memories come rushing back.

TrunksXV’s Channel [YouTube]

David Lee Roth + Microsoft’s Somewhat Wonky Songwriting Technology = The Future Of Music

There are some real Val Kilmer-style geniuses out there on the Google and the YouTubes, and mrzarquon is one of them. This dude took the David Lee Roth a capella version of “Runnin’ With The Devil” and ran it through Microsoft’s super-goofy-looking new program Songsmith, an experimental endeavor that takes your execrable singing and follows along, gussying it up with sub-Mario Paint backing tracks for musical magic.



Songsmith placed Diamond Dave’s vocals slightly off from the me-on-my-Casio-in-1985 background, creating a syncopated feel that gives it a “bad dub” vibe according to the creator. Though I think that description gives “bad dub” a bad name. To me, it’s more like tepid indietronica with a crazy man gone faux-reggae on top. I am going to make 20 albums using this once a Mac version is relased. Also, I will give a virtual high five to the first person to use this thing with that Smash Mouth vocal take.

I did some YouTube searching and found some other Songsmith experiments:

The Doobies’ “Long Train Runnin’” might actually be better.

What’s going on with this version of “What’s Going On?” How about hitting some really bum chords?

Also, has Microsoft ever made a good promo video?

(I never get tired of this.)

Runnin’ With The Songsmith’ [Metafilter Music; HT Jon Williams]

Ted Nugent Unleashes His Manifesto On The Bestseller List

Ever wonder why the collective IQ of this country feels like it’s dropping? Wonder no more. Ted Nugent, winner of last year’s Worst Album Cover of the Year Tournament, is on the Publishers Weekly Bestsellers Nonfiction List list at lucky No. 13 with Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto. He’s nestled right between Suzanne Somers’ Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness (No. 14) and Bob Woodward’s The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 (No. 12), a triple threat that, for some reason, makes sense to me. What do the people who’ve bought the book have to look forward to?



Well, first of all, Nugent remains a pillar of modesty:

America has been craving leadership and at last a gun-slinging, mega-rock star, deerslayer, and patriot has stepped forward to provide it.

I think we can all agree that Ted Nugent is a rock star. But a “mega-rock star?” That’s pushing it. Bob Seger, now there’s a “mega-rock star.” Lou Gramm…he’s a “mega-rock star.” But Ted Nugent? He was probably the third most successful guy in Damn Yankees, and I’m throwing in the Amboy Dukes for the heck of it. Of course, on the “deerslayer” claim there can be no doubt.

Cocked, locked, and ready to rock, the Motor City Madman, the thinking man’s Abraham Lincoln, has unleashed the ultimate high-octane political manifesto for the ages in Ted, White, and Blue the most important patriotic statement since the Constitution.

The “thinking man’s Abraham Lincoln?” Right, as opposed to the real Abraham Lincoln, well-known for his simpleton supporters and lack of political acumen. I’m sure that writing Ted’s manifesto was as easy as answering “guns” to any question he was asked, maybe throwing in a “God” or a “Rock and Roll” every once in a while to keep it interesting.

And I think we all know what the most important patriotic statement since the Consitution was:

Publishers Weekly Bestsellers Nonfiction List [AP]

Tribute-Video Community Insists that Jane Austen Can Be Sexy

prideandprejudicepic.jpgPeriod dramas: pretty costumes, stringent etiquette, and smoldering sexual repression. Men with cartoonish sideburns stare longingly from across the room at women in corsets. Indiscretions are hinted at, though rarely seen. And if there’s one artist who can capture the essence of this subtle, implicit sexuality, it’s Marvin Gaye, right?

Despite its evident intentional humor and self-awareness, this video still manages to fall in with the all-time classic tributes. There’s just something about it that’s wonderfully unironic. Formally speaking, it’s kind of a wreck: The scenes are haphazard and too-long, and the overuse of the diagonal wipe transition screams first-timer. But this person has tapped into something, and the song really works with the images. Think about it. All anyone in a period drama is ever thinking about is the precise moment at which the corset will be torn asunder, even if we never actually see it happen. If these characters could have, they probably would have owned a copy of Let’s Get It On for those special evenings when, after having tried to hold back the feeling for so long, and the proper courtesies having been extended, and the social protocol for sexual relations having been thoroughly exercised, they could get it on like sensitive people with so much to give.

let’s get it on – period drama style [YouTube]