Robin Thicke experienced commercial success he and few other artists have experienced before after the release of his single “Blurred Lines” during the Spring of 2013. The song spent 12 weeks at #1 in the U.S. while taking the top spot in 20 other countries.
The accolades and accomplishments didn’t stop there. The song reached 14.8 million in sales and was nominated for two GRAMMYs at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Of course, with success comes controversy. Critics state the lyrics to “Blurred Lines” promotes date rape (“I hate these blurred lines / I know you want it”) and misogyny, further enforced by the explicit nudity in the song’s uncensored music video.
The buck doesn’t stop there, especially when the younger Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams raked in millions. Thicke and company became entrenched in an acrimonious legal battle with Marvin Gaye‘s estate for copyright infringement on the late singer’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give It Up.” A federal jury found both Thicke and Williams liable of copyright infringement in March 2015, awarding Gaye’s estate $7.4 million in damages.
While on with Scott Shannon in the Morning, the host and elder Thicke briefly discussed the claims, result, and future of the matter.
“He got the shaft on that decision about ‘Blurred Lines,'” remarks Scott Shannon.
“The music industry agrees that it’s not a great precedent and they will appeal,” says Alan Thicke, adding, “I agree with you and the family accountants are all in sync on that.”
Thicke was on with Scott Shannon to discuss his latest television venture, titled Unusually Thicke. The show is shot as a mockumentary, using the reality series format to present a fictional version of the Thicke household. The show airs on the Pop Channel (formerly the TV Guide Channel) and just began its second season.
–Shannon in the Morning/WCBS-FM