Four-time Grammy nominee Robin Thicke, who took credit in multiple interviews for co-writing “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit of his career, admitted in court documents released Monday that he was too high on Vicodin and alcohol to co-write the 2013 song of summer with Pharrell Williams.
In the deposition released in Los Angeles federal court Monday, the R&B singer-songwriter said: “After making six albums that I wrote and produced myself, the biggest hit of my career was written and produced by somebody else and I was jealous and I wanted some of that credit.”
Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. preemptively sued the estate of Marvin Gaye in August after the Gaye family claimed “Blurred Lines” plagiarized Gaye’s 1977 “Got to Give It Up.” Gaye’s family has counter-sued, claiming Thicke not only ripped off “Got to Give It Up” but that he also infringed on the copyright to Gaye’s song “After the Dance” for the title track of his 2011 album “Love After War.”
“To be honest, that’s the only part where — I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio,” Thicke said in an April deposition. “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.”
During his deposition, Williams said Thicke was given a co-writer credit, entitling him to 18-to-22-percent royalties, because “This is what happens every day in our industry…People are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do.”
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