According to the Official Charts Company, the single became Britain's best-selling single of 2013 with sales of 1,472,681 copies. 's Southern twang in the bridge, the song also showcased a catchy bass and snare-heavy drumline courtesy of rapper-producer Pharrell Williams that seemed closely inspired by legendary Motown crooner Marvin Gaye's "Got It Going on" (invoking a nasty copyright battle with Gaye's estate in 2013). + Pharrell – Blurred Lines", Austriancharts.at – Robin Thicke feat. I've always respected women. What happens when you meet someone? Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. It's a joke. 's fourth Hot 100 number one after "My Love" with Justin Timberlake in 2006, and his own singles "Whatever You Like" and "Live Your Life" in 2008. I'm like, "Of course it is. She continues, saying: "The woman's desires play no part in this scenario—except insofar as he projects whatever he pleases onto her—another parallel to the act of rape. That's how Pharrell works. It also forces the men to feel playful and not at all like predators. and Pharrell backing vocals) on Australian The Voice season 2 finale on June 17, 2013. " Pharrell reiterated and expounded on his defense during an interview with Pitchork, in response to the idea of the song being "sexually predatory". The video was shot as a white cyclorama. When he changed his tune in 2019 about the song's social implications, Williams shared with GQ that he had since come to see its lyrics contextualized in what he called the "chauvinist culture in our country." In an interview with The Daily Star,Robin Thicke explained the meaning of the song, saying: “It is mostly throwaway fun, but naturally Pharrell and I, being in love with our wives, having kids, and loving our mothers, we have a lot of respect for women. In my opinion, the government's new policy blurs the lines between ethical treatment and abuse.  The song has been parodied and covered numerous times. Blurred Lines Page 48 “Yes, we can,” I say stubbornly.  Ultimately, Thicke and Williams (but not T.I.) Blurred Lines refers to when women say no but mean yes.  Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times noted the songs use of "plasticine funk" and "warbly bass". "Pharrell [Williams] and I... have a lot of respect for women. It was the second best-selling song of 2013 in the US and the best-selling song of 2013 in the UK. Its current UK sales stand at 1,630,000.  Pharrell Williams responded to the lawsuit by calling the two songs "completely different", further stating: "Just simply go to the piano and play the two. A controversial libidinous R&B party song about a woman in a nightclub who may or not be interested in a guy.  The staff of The New Zealand Herald lauded the track as "cool" and "inventive". ", Music journalists described "Blurred Lines" as a pop and R&B track. It's a feeling. It's saying that women and men are equals as animals and as power". – 4:23, "Blurred Lines" (featuring Pharrell & T.I.)  Within Williams' respective deposition file, the producer noted that he was "in the driver's seat" during the song's creation and agreed that Thicke, in past interviews, "embellished" his contributions to the songwriting process. It's about a man who is interested in a woman, already in a relationship, yet he is convinced that she's making a mistake and that deep-down she prefers to be with him.  On September 20, he performed Blurred Lines at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival. ", In the interview, Thicke noted that part of video director Diane Martel's intention was to generate attention, but Thicke defended the song, saying: "The song and the video are two completely different things. his fourth, Pharrell his third, and Thicke's first number one hit in the US. ", On March 10, 2015, a jury found Thicke and Williams, but not T.I., liable for copyright infringement. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. März 2015 entschied ein Gericht, dass Teile des Titels ein Plagiat des Titels Got to …  Thicke performed the song on the 2013 BET Awards on June 30, 2013. The trend encouraged women to speak out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault, bringing discussions of rape culture into the mainstream. 2013 VMAs Shatter Twitter Records", "RadioShack 'Beats By Dr. Dre Pill' Ad: Phallic Imagery, Half-Naked Women And Robin Thicke (VIDEO)", "Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo in 'Blurred Lines' (feat. If they can't get the joke, I feel bad for them, but I'm not going to change the joke. And not even in the same key. were found to have infringed the Gaye estate's copyright and, in 2018, the Ninth Circuit affirmed liability for millions of dollars in damages.  Students at the University of Exeter voted for a condemnation of the lyrics to be issued by the Students' Guild. " Writing for Rolling Stone, Rob Sheffield described "Blurred Lines" as "the worst song of this or any other year." and the song speaks to that sentiment. Look at Emily Ratajkowski's performance; it's very, very funny and subtly ridiculing. My InterpretationThis is a song is a catchy tune that contributes to our rape culture. Blurred Lines (englisch für verschwommene Linien) ist ein Lied des US-amerikanischen R&B-Sängers Robin Thicke, zusammen mit dem Rapper T.I. US rapper and music producer Pharrell Williams has denounced Blurred Lines, a pop song he released with Robin Thicke in 2013, saying he was "embarrassed" by some of his earlier music. and Pharrell casually standing in front of light-pink backdrop as they flirt with models (Emily Ratajkowski, Elle Evans and Jessi M'Bengue) who pose and dance. When asked about what references she drew from for the video, Martel cited the ballets of George Balanchine as performed by the New York City Ballet, noting their minimalism, as well as the work of Richard Avedon. + Pharrell – Blurred Lines", "philcharts.com – Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell Williams & T.I. In July 2015, Thicke maintained his stance that "Blurred Lines" didn't degrade women or promote rape. I see the you in me and the me in you. Only I didn’t know how to be in love, so I did the only thing I could to keep her close. Many people often say, "well, she wanted it! + Pharrell; 'Blurred Lines')", "British certifications – Robin Thicke feat. The Blurred Lines case (Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc.(No. In September 2014, The Hollywood Reporter released files relating to a deposition from the case.  The single was nominated for two Grammys at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.  The Ledger's James C. McKinley Jr praised "Blurred Lines" as a "catchy come-on".  He also performed the song (with recorded T.I. It became Thicke's first, T.I. Blurred Lines Lyrics: Everybody get up / Everybody get up / Hey, hey, hey / Hey, hey, hey (Uh) / Hey, hey, hey (Ha-ha! , On April 21, 2014, it was announced that "Blurred Lines" was the most downloaded song of all time in the UK, with digital sales of more than 1.54 million, a total since surpassed by Pharrell Williams' own single "Happy". , Callie Ahlgrim and Courteney Larocca of Insider commented that "If you could cancel a song the way fans cancel artists, 'Blurred Lines' deserves to be that song." Pre trial, US District Judge John Kronstadt made a ruling to prevent the Gayes’ attorney, Richard S. Busch, from playing the two recordings side-by-side, noting that it was the composit… T.I. To both videos' credit, all participants genuinely looked like they were having fun filming. , On June 12, 2013 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in which Thicke and Pharrell were both guests, they aired a parody version of the "Blurred Lines" video in which host Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo attempt to join Thicke, Pharrell, and the dancers but keep getting rebuffed. " In March 2018, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's finding of infringement against Williams and Thicke.. See more. But for all the attention the racy video garnered, it was the song's actual lyrics that made "Blurred Lines" the most controversial track of the 2010s.  On December 19, 2013, the Canadian sketch comedy group Royal Canadian Air Farce released a parody of the music video called "Rob Ford's Blurred Lines" highlighting the recent admissions by Toronto mayor Rob Ford of public drunkenness and using crack cocaine. + Pharrell – Blurred Lines", Swedishcharts.com – Robin Thicke feat. "Blurred Lines" is a song by American singer-songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., produced by Williams. The imagery conjures memories of a Robert Palmer music video if the '80s pop star had lived through the "Free the Nipple" movement.  In her review for The Christian Science Monitor, Nekesa Mumbi Moody labeled the song as "undeniable", and wrote that it had become a "cultural flashpoint". Come over here! T.I. It was released on March 26, 2013, through Williams's label Star Trak Recordings as the lead single from Thicke's album Blurred Lines. + Pharrell – Blurred Lines", Norwegiancharts.com – Robin Thicke feat. His smile is a little sad. This is a departure from his previous stance — in 2014, he told Pitchfork, "People who are agitated just want to be mad, and I accept their opinion." & Pharrell) – Single by Robin Thicke", "iTunes – Music – Blurred Lines (feat. geschrieben. T.I. It became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with sales of 14.8 million, simultaneously breaking the record for the largest radio audience in history. + Pharrell; 'Blurred Lines')", "Italian single certifications – Robin Thicke feat.  The unrated version of "Blurred Lines" generated more than 1 million views in the days following its release on Vevo. T.I. On May 14, 2013, Thicke performed the song for the first time live on NBC's The Voice alongside Pharrell and T.I. Am 10. 1 : a smear or stain that obscures. Thicke offered numerous rebuttals, but also called the song "a bad joke". " Comedian and music parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic (who made a parody of the song with his 2014 "Word Crimes") described the ruling as "a raw deal", calling the song "Marvin Gaye pastiche. Everything that Pharrell produces is derivative of another song—but it's a homage. sowie dem Sänger Pharrell. The 2001 video for the N.E.R.D single "Lapdance" also featured models in two variant editions, one of which, like "Blurred Lines", is a topless version. It’s a very powerful piece, especially when you can see the faces of people who have been sexually assaulted, what they were told, and who their attackers were. , On October 30, 2014, United States District Court for the Central District of California Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled the Gaye family's lawsuit against Thicke and Williams could proceed, stating the plaintiffs "have made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of 'Got to Give It Up'." ", "Robin Thicke beats own record to score biggest one-week sale of the year! Or about the blurred lines between a good and a bad girl, according to Thicke. On November 10, Thicke performed the song with Iggy Azalea at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards. 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