Rodgers comments on Williams and Thicke’s copyright infringement in the Blurred Lines court case, saying he believes the song’s composition is not at all like Gaye’s Got to Give it Up.
Compositionally, purely compositionally, I don’t think they should have lost that case. Got to Give it Up is clearly a blues structure, Blurred Lines isn’t at all. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation.
The jury awards $7.3 million to Gaye’s family after deciding Williams and Thicke copied Blurred Lines from Gaye’s 1977 hit Got to Give It Up. Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch, who had said Williams and Thicke were liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye’s late-1970s music and copied the song outright. The song has earned more than $5 million apiece for Thicke and Williams.
Thicke throws a party at his house in Hollywood Hills after wife Paula Patton files for divorce. Guests include Leonardo DeCaprio, Tom Hardy, Emile Hirsch and several models. Source:
There were a lot of models there. Leo and Robin were being super flirtatious and talking to tons of girls. Robin, in particular, was dancing and talking to a pretty brunette throughout most of the night. At one point, he grabbed a girl’s hand and was like, ‘Let’s dance’ . . . he was in great spirits, and put on a mix of music including pop, hip-hop, older stuff from the ’90s and soul. Everyone was dancing until past 3 a.m.
Patton files for divorce from husband Robin Thicke, citing irreconcilable differences. Patton is asking for joint custody of the couple’s son, Julian. Patton and Thicke in a statement:
We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.
Thicke says he was high on Vicodin and alcohol when recording Blurred Lines featuring Williams. The claim came to light in court documents as part of a case taken by the estate of Marvin Gaye due to the songs likeness to Gaye’s song Got to Give it Up. Thicke claims Williams wrote most of the song.
To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn’t want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song.
Thicke and Patton list their home for an asking price of $2.985 million. The three-bedroom and three and a half bath home is located at the Bird Streets, an exclusive section of Hollywood. The house, built in 1965, was originally Thicke’s father’s home until he passed it down to his son. The home features views of the canyon and downtown and has a private pool and spa, a two-car garage and a gated driveway that winds up to a secluded cul-de-sac.
1-800-FLOWERS.com partners with Thicke and are offering two floral arrangements named after his songs, Get Her Back and Forever Love. The Get Her Back bouquet consists of 100 long-stemmed red roses and costs $349.99. The Forever Love bouquet consists of 18 long-stemmed roses and cost either $64.99 or $89.99.
The first-week sales figures for Thicke’s latest album, Paula, are released. In the United states, 25,000 units were sold, according to Billboard. In the UK, The Guardian reports 530 copies sold. In contrast, Blurred Lines sold 177,000 units in the first week of its release in the US and 26,000 copies in the UK in the same time. When the two albums’ sales are compared for the same amount of time after release, it is an 84% decrease in sales.
Robin Thicke performs Get Her Back on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his album, Paula.
Thicke releases the single, Still Madly Crazy. The song is dedicated to his wife, Paula Patton.
It might be considered pathetic, but, when you lose the love of your life, you don’t have much to hide anymore.
Thicke performs his single Lock the Door from the album Paula.
Thicke releases the single Forever Love from his album Paula. The song was premiered at the BET Awards:
Hi my name is Robin Thicke and I’d like to dedicate this to my wife and say I miss you and I’m sorry. This is called Forever Love.
Thicke appears emotional during his live performance of Forever Love at the BET Awards.The song is from his not yet released album Paula. An audience member says:
Robin appeared to be crying during and after his performance.
Seacrest interviews Thicke during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him on why he made the album Paula.
I didn’t have a choice. I came right off a tour and I had all these songs and all these ideas and feelings in my heart. And I went right into the studio. I wrote all the songs in about three weeks and we recorded the album in about a month. Obviously all the songs were about her or about how I feel about her. A lot of songwriters have done this kind of thing before. They won’t tell you in the title or they’ll be suggestive I was just like, ‘There’s no reason to hide who this is about.’ It’s all about her.
Thicke’s video for the song Get Her Back features an actress who looks like his wife Paula in a scene representing the final days of his relationship with his wife.
Thicke debuts a song from his upcoming album, Paula, on the 2014 BET Awards. The new song is entitled Forever Love. Before the performance begins, Thicke tells the audience:
I’d like to dedicate this song to my wife. I miss you, and I’m sorry.
Thicke makes his film acting debut in Making the Rules, playing hairstylist Shaun, the old flame of protagonist Abby, played by Jamie Pressly. He tries to win her back, despite the fact that she is married. The film goes straight to DVD and On Demand. Directo Jimbo Lee says of the singer-turned-actor:
I guess Robin’s been trying to find a script to start his acting career, so they suggested him. He has great hair — (and) his character is a hairstylist, so I guess that sort of worked out.
DJ Cassidy releases the song, Calling All Hearts, which features Robin Thicke and Jessie J. After hearing one verse of the song, Thicke:
I’m recording this song with Jessie.
Patton and Thicke split after nine years of marriage. The pair first met when Thicke was 14. They have one son together.
We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.
Thicke is a Grammy nominee for Record of the Year for Blurred Lines.
Thicke, T.I., and Williams are Grammy nominees for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Blurred Lines. Williams:
Man, I am over the moon
Thicke is the Grammy nominee for Best Pop Vocal Album for Blurred Lines.
What an incredible honor, thank you to the Grammy committee for the nomination. This is the icing on the cake for this year.
Thicke releases the single, Feel Good, from his album, Blurred Lines.
I actually got to sneak in some of my problems on this one. It talks about if I party too much, or if I’m not perfect, or if I’m depressed, will you still stand by me, will you help me get through those times or will you leave me?
Elle Magazine interviews Thicke about what his childhood was like with a father that was known as a ladies man.
My dad was single my whole pubescent period. [Laughs] He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic every week. I was like, Dang, Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it. The first time I saw a naked woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, Who is this girl in my shower?
Winfrey talks to Thicke in a tell-all interview about his career and his breakup, and Miley Cyrus twerking.
It was funny to me. It’s silly. I was walking out towards Miley, I’m not thinking sex. I’m thinking fun, you know?
Thicke performs Blurred Lines during the iHeart Radio Music Festival promoting his album Blurred Lines.
Thicke releases the single, Give It 2U, from his album, Blurred Lines.The song features Kendick Lamar as well as 2 Chainz. Thicke:
I reached out to 2 Chainz, because I’m a big 2 Chainz fan and I think Kendrick is amazing. So the funny thing was, my management sent it to Kendrick while I had sent it 2 Chainz. So I already had a 2 Chainz version and then suddenly we hear that Kendrick loves the record and already recorded a verse. And I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is incredible.’ So they’re both on the song now, because it’s just too good.
Cryus performs a mashup of We Can’t Stop and Blurred Lines with Thicke at the 2013 Video Music Awards. Cyrus wears a nude bikini ensemble as she twerks on Robin Thicke who is dressed in a black and white striped suite. The performance also features life-size teddy bears and Cyrus’ signature foam finger accessory.
Fallon, Thicke & The Roots play Blurred Lines using classroom instruments such as wood blocks, keyboard and a xylophone.
Thicke and Williams perform Blurred Lines on The Ellen Show from the same titled album.
Thicke, Williams and T.I perform Blurred Lines on The Voice from the album Blurred Lines.
Thicke releases the single, Blurred Lines, featuring Pharrell Williams. Thicke:
Pharrell and I were in the studio making a couple records, and then on the third day, I told him I wanted to do something kinda like Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up, that kind of feel ’cause it’s one of my favorite songs of all time. So he started messing with some drums and then he started going ‘Hey, Hey, Hey’ and about an hour and a half later we had the whole record finished.
Thicke releases the single, All Tied Up, from his album, Love After War. He wrote the song after his wife Paula Patton refused to have sex with him:
I was losing my mojo. I was taking care of the baby -- we have a new year-and-a-half-old son, Julian… After a week or so, I wasn’t gettin’ none… I was like, I need to make a song that’s gonna put her in some lingerie.
Thicke releases his first single, Love After War, from his album with the same name, Love After War.
Thicke and Patton welcome their first son, Julian, in Los Angeles.
Mother, father and son are all doing well.
Robin Thicke ft. Nicki Minaj perform Shakin It 4 Daddy during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote his album Sex Therapy: The Session.
Thicke releases the single Sex Therapy from his album Sex Therapy: The Experience. The song is Thicke’s second single to place No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Thicke releases his single It’s In The Morning featuring Snoop Dogg from his album Sex Therapy: The Experience. Thicke on what the song is about:
Waking up next to the person you love and not being able to keep your hands off them.
Thicke releases the single Magic from his album Something Else.
Thicke releases the single, Lost Without U, from his album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke.
I was going through an insecure period and wanted my lady to tell me how fabulous and how sexy and how wonderful I am.
Thicke releases the single Can U Believe from his album The Evolution of Robin Thicke.
Thicke releases the single Wanna Love You Girl featuring Pharrell from his album The Evolution of Robin Thicke.