Robin Thicke On ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict: ‘I’m Constantly Inspired, But I Would Never Steal’

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Robin Thicke is finally speaking out on the “Blurred Lines” verdict. Earlier this year, Marvin Gaye’s estate sued the singer and producer Pharrell Williams for reportedly copying the sound of the late R&B vocalist’s hit track “Got to Give It Up.”

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As a result of a long court case, Gaye’s estate won the $7.4 million ruling, but Thicke has never revealed his thoughts on the outcome until now. In an interview with the New York Times, the “Lost Without You” crooner admitted his shock when he heard the verdict. “I was surprised. Very surprised. Obviously, that’s why we’re appealing,” he said. “I know the difference between inspiration and theft. I’m constantly inspired, but I would never steal. And neither would Pharrell.”

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Thicke also mentioned that within the music industry, you can’t help but feel some type of influence by those who’ve laid the blueprint. “As a songwriter, you’re obviously trying to create a brand-new feeling that comes from your heart. But you can’t help but be inspired by all of the greatness that came before you,” he said. “In popular music, you know, there’s only so many chords being used. On the Internet, there’s this thing where this band plays the same four chords, and they do 75 hit songs with the same four chords in the exact same pattern. That just shows you some of the limitations in popular music.”