Who said the music industry is dwindling? SOMEBODY'S making some $$!
As the copyright infringement trial over Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” marches on, the exact amount of money Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. earned from the smash song has been revealed in court.
According to Business Insider, Thick and Pharrell earned over $5 million each, while T.I.’s verse earned him a cool $700,000. Experts round off the total earnings as $16.6 million, so that means the artist’s labels Interscope Records, Universal Music Group, and Williams' label Star Trak split the remainder.
As previously reported, the lawsuit began in late 2013 when Marvin Gaye’s family accused Robin Thicke and the song’s producer Pharrell Williams of copying Marvin Gaye’s 1977 classic hit “Got to Give It Up” using a lot of element s for “Blurred Lines,” 2013’s biggest song. Gaye's children Nona and Frankie claim Thicke in general has a "fixation" on their father's work. The legend's son Marvin Gaye III also has beef with Robin's 2011 single “Love After War” (the title track from his 2011 fifth album, Love After War) on which Gaye III family thinks copies his father's song “After The Dance.”
The trial is expected to wrap up soon, as the jury is in their second day of deliberating. They reconvened this morning (March 6).