Robin Thicke dismisses Marvin Gaye plagiarism claims

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American singer Robin Thicke has filed a legal suit against the family’s of 70’s soul singer Marvin Gaye and Bridgeport Music after they accused him of plagiarism over his hit Blurred LinesThe Gaye family has claimed that Blurred Lines is plagiarism of their father’s Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give it Up”.

Bridgeport Music, owner of the compositions of the 1970’s funk band Funkadelic claim that the song is a reworking of that group’s 1974 single “Standing on the Verge of Getting it On.” Thicke has denied the charges or any suggestion that the song was inspired by any other. Pharrell, who also appears on the song and is a big fan of Marvin Gaye, has denied any comparisons.

Thicke has had some measureable success lately, appearing on the Kevin Hart-produced hit BET fake reality comedy series “Real Husbands of Hollywood”. Thirty-six year old Thicke is married to black actress, Paula Patton, who has starred in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and the Denzel Washington film “2 Guns”.

Blurred Lines has been stirring up controversy for weeks now. It was banned from YouTube for being too racy with its depiction of naked women gyrating over Thicke. The song has reached number one in 14 countries.

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Billboard’s weekly top five albums

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It seems the controversy over the video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has helped push the song’s popularity. The song has been the number one tune on several of Billboard’s Top lists for five weeks.

The song which features Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. heads the Billboard Hot 100 songs list, the number one song on the Radio play list, and is also the top On-Demand song. The song is also the leading tune on the list of R&B//Hip Hop combinations on Digital and Streaming songs.

The song, which is the top song in the Uk and Canada, also heads the list of tunes being selected as mobile ring tones and is the number one Songs of Summer.

Blurred Lines has certainly stirred up some heat this summer.

Earlier in the year the video for the song was banned by YouTube because the video shows nudity. It has also drawn criticism from a rape charity who says the video encourages rape and violence against women.

Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop is the number two song on the Top 100 followed by Imagine Dragons by RadioActive, Get Lucky by Daft Punk, and Treasure by Bruno Mars rounding out the top five.

Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is number one in the Top 200 Albums list and is also the leading album on the Digital Albums list.

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YouTube says yes to Justin Timberlake, no to Robin Thicke

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Soul singer Robin Thicke has criticised YouTube after the video for his song Blurred Lines was banned. The video features topless women dancing around on screen.

But the move is even more controversial because a similarly racy video by former boy-bander Justin Timberlake has been allowed to stay. The song, which features Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I.has been criticised as trivializing rape and violence against women.

The chart-topping Thicke has called the criticism ridiculous and responded to rape charity Rape Crisis’s claim that the song “reinforces rape” by saying “I can’t even dignify that with a response.” Meanwhile, Timberlake’s video for the song “Tunnel Vision” remains on YouTube. The video features topless dancers wearing flesh-coloured thongs. The video was initially banned but was later reinstated with a proof-of-age login. YouTube has rules which forbid nudity but gave Timberlake’s video artistic exception.

“We make exceptions when it is presented in an educational , documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age restrictions,” a YouTube rep told FOX411.Most persons see the banning of Thicke’s video while allowing Timberlake’s to stand as a double standard.

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