Marvin Gaye’s Sales Are Booming Since ‘Blurred Lines’ Case
The controversy surrounding Robin Thicke and Pharrell's "Blurred Lines" and Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" has caused a major spike in sales of the late soul singer's music. According to Billboard, Gaye's greatest hits album The No. 1's, released in 2009, recently landed in the Billboard 200 chart at No. 175. It moved 4,000 units. The site reports, "54 percent of its points were earned from track equivalent albums, fueled by sales of the song 'Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1).'" The song recorded its biggest sales week ever with 10K downloads - an increase of 246 percent - and jumps back into the R&B Digital Songs chart at No. 18.
This is no doubt correlated with curiosity about the song stemming from the Gaye family's court case against the two aforementioned entertainers. As recently reported, earlier this month the Gaye family was awarded $7.3 million after a jury found that Thick and Williams plagiarized the popular 1977 Marvin Gaye tune for their hit "Blurred Lines." The song made over $16.6 million, which was split between the artists and their respective record labels. Thicke and Williams both made a little more than $5 million each while Tip earned over $700,000 for his appearance on the single. Both the Skateboard P and the singer plan to appeal the verdict.