Song of the Day #4,058: ‘Got to Give It Up’ – Marvin Gaye

Another famous copyright infringement case is far less clear-cut and far more troubling than the ‘My Sweet Lord’ example — the claim that Robin Thicke’s 2013 ‘Blurred Lines’ borrows too heavily from Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give It Up.’

The backstory here is a strange one, and one with a lot of potential to shake up the music industry. That’s because ‘Blurred Lines’ didn’t copy the melody of the Gaye song or sample it directly, but rather mirrored the general mood and feel of the track.

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Song of the Day #2,048: ‘Happy’ – Pharrell Williams

pharrell_williams_happyIn the #2 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week is Pharell Williams’ ‘Happy,’ a song first released last summer on the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2.

Williams released the single in mid-December 2013 and it has climbed to the second spot on the charts and parked there.

I’ve seen Despicable Me 2 twice but I don’t recall this song (I’m guessing it played over the end credits).

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