+ Pharrell – Blurred Lines", Offiziellecharts.de – Robin Thicke feat. I mean not just a good-looking guy in a bar, but like…someone. "[91], On March 10, 2015, a jury found Thicke and Williams, but not T.I., liable for copyright infringement. [66][67] The video was filmed at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. People who are agitated just want to be mad, and I accept their opinion. I won’t get into too many details out of respect to her but she likes it all. [76] In 2013 and 2014, Thicke and his wife Paula Patton's separation and divorce were covered extensively by the tabloid press including Thicke's efforts to reconcile with Patton. We all know it's derivative. File Appeal Brief on 'Blurred Lines' Verdict", More than 200 musicians support Blurred Lines appeal – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News, "Robin Thicke, Pharrell, & T.I. Thicke at first appears to contradict his claims that the song is about women empowerment in an interview given to GQ in May 2013, stating:[77], We tried to do everything that was taboo. 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[24] 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". "[79], In 2019, Williams stated he regretted working on the song and disowned it as he felt it came off as chauvinistic and was being used for men to take advantage of women. T.I. The trend encouraged women to speak out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault, bringing discussions of rape culture into the mainstream. 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. + Pharrell; 'Blurred Lines')", "British certifications – Robin Thicke feat. It was the second best-selling song of 2013 in the US and the best-selling song of 2013 in the UK. “I used to be lost in us. "[13] In an interview with The Daily Star, 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. + Pharrell – Blurred Lines", "IFPI Greece International Digital Singles Chart", Robin Thicke feat. Blurred Lines wurde von Pharrell produziert und von ihm zusammen mit Thicke und T.I. It's not the same chord progression. J Balvin & Pharrell) – Single by Robin Thicke", "iTunes – Musik – "Blurred Lines – Single" von Robin Thicke", "iTunes – Music – "Blurred Lines (The Remixes) [feat. [79] Thicke continues, "For them to take that lyric [I know you want it] and not take the lyrics that man is not your maker, you're an animal, and we're equals, and all of the other lyrics that are in the song and only to take I know you want it from a guy like Ron Burgundy who's standing there going, [does impression of Ron Burgundy] 'I know you want it, baby'. 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[17] In "Blurred Lines", He says "The Robin Thicke lyrics are: "You don't need no papers," meaning, "You are not a possession. [36] The song would later rise from number six to number one in June 2013, giving T.I. [37][38] It gained a 44 percent jump in chart points, displacing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us", which featured Ray Dalton. Judge Kronstad remarked: "I don't expect Marvin Gaye's voice to be part of this case. "[83] In an interview, Questlove also echoed Williams' statement, saying:[84]. Thicke claimed it meant the blurred lines between men and women but that's some of the biggest bull**** I've ever heard. My InterpretationThis is a song is a catchy tune that contributes to our rape culture. Pharrell explains how ‘Blurred Lines’ controversy helped him realize ‘we live in a chauvinist culture’ By Sandra Gonzalez , CNN Published 5:49 PM EDT, Mon October 14, 2019 Featuring rapper T.I. 1 year ago. "[20] Sezin Koehler of Pacific Standard said the lyric suggest that "women are supposed to enjoy pain during sex or that pain is part of sex." "[15], During an interview with NPR, Pharrell defended the song, highlighting the lyric "that man is not your maker", saying, "I don't know anything that could be more clear about our position in the song" and "... if you're looking at the lyrics, the power is right there in the woman's hand. [37] "Blurred Lines" topped the Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks before being displaced by Katy Perry's "Roar". I directed the girls to look into the camera, this is very intentional and they do it most of the time; they are in the power position. ", "Robin Thicke beats own record to score biggest one-week sale of the year! T.I. "[102], In August 2016, Thicke, Williams, and T.I. [60][61][62] The unrated version of "Blurred Lines" generated more than 1 million views in the days following its release on Vevo. and the song speaks to that sentiment. The song's beats are sampled from Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." "I won't get into too many details out of respect to her but she likes it all. [89] Williams and Thicke filed a successful motion in limine to prevent a recording of "Got to Give it Up" from being played during the trial. "Blurred Lines" peaked at number one in at least 25 countries and became the number one song of 2013 in several countries. April 6, 2014 / adamdlester. [32] The Daily Beast's Tricia Romano described the track as "kind of rapey. T.I. and Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines", "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more! What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. [71] Students at the University of Exeter voted for a condemnation of the lyrics to be issued by the Students' Guild. – 4:23, "Blurred Lines" (featuring Pharrell & T.I.) Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke – Lyrics Translation/ Meaning. [65] Thicke later clarified his comment during an interview for Oprah's Next Chapter, describing it as a "bad joke", noting that the GQ interview that was published did not mention that he had been joking back and forth with the interviewer and doing an impersonation of Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character while making the remark, thus not providing the facetious context. [112] Thicke also performed the track solo on British morning TV show Lorraine and BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on July 8, 2013, as well as This Morning on July 10, 2013. Robin Thicke's 2013 hit Blurred Lines may have been a hit at the time, but it was also marred by years of controversy. The Blurred Lines case (Williams v. Bridgeport Music, Inc.(No. Thicke, in a July 2013 interview with The Daily Star (via Digital Spy), insisted the song was just "throwaway fun" as well as a celebration of female sexual empowerment. Kat Bein of Miami New Times described the visual as "misogynist", and said that it "objectifi[ed] naked women. "Pharrell [Williams] and I... have a lot of respect for women. 1 : a smear or stain that obscures. It shows the most obvious signs of sexualization and dehumanization of women. [46], On April 21, 2014, it was announced that "Blurred Lines" was the most downloaded song of all time in the UK,[47] with digital sales of more than 1.54 million, a total since surpassed by Pharrell Williams' own single "Happy". [42], In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on June 2, 2013 ― for the week ending date June 8, 2013 ― selling 190,000 copies in its first week and becoming Britain's fastest-selling single of the year, though it was later passed by Avicii's "Wake Me Up" on July 21, 2013. [75] After its banning at University College London, Thicke declared the song was about his wife and that, after 20 years together, he indeed knew she wanted it from him. While those that use these lines may have fuzzy understandings of consent, the definition is crystal clear. 's fourth, and Williams' third number-one single in the US, where it was also the longest running number one single for that year. [115] He also performed the song on The Colbert Report on August 6, 2013. He told The New York Times, "I have never and would never write a song with any negative connotation like that." Not T.I. What I was trying to say was: "That man is trying to domesticate you, but you don't need no papers—let me liberate you." Obviously, when a guy's standing there fully clothed and the girls are naked, I totally welcome the conversation of what does this video say about men and women, but the song itself, the title, 'Blurred Lines', is about men and woman are equals. "I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn't matter that that's not my behavior," Williams revealed. With advancements in technology, many of the ideas in StarTrek now blur the lines between fact and fiction. The singer suggested that the music video for the song tainted its actual lyrics for people with its inclusion of nudity. ", "Album review: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines, "Blurred Lines: the most controversial song of the decade", "From The Mouths of Rapists: The Lyrics of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines, "Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines': Album review", "Robin Thicke: Is the album 'Blurred Lines' worth a listen? Many people often say, "well, she wanted it! It was released on March 26, 2013, through Williams's label Star Trak Recordings as the lead single from Thicke's album Blurred Lines. The song has nothing to do with belittling a woman or misogyny or anything. [103][104] Later that same month, more than 200 musicians – including among others Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, John Oates of Hall & Oates, R. Kelly, Hans Zimmer, Jennifer Hudson as well as members of Train, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Black Crowes, Fall Out Boy, The Go-Go's and Tears for Fears – filed an amicus curiae brief, authored by attorney Ed McPherson, in support of the appeal, stating that "the verdict in this case threatens to punish songwriters for creating new music that is inspired by prior works. 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. He said he couldn't "remember the last time there was a hit song this ghastly – the sound of Adam Sandler taking a falsetto hate-whizz on Marvin Gaye's grave. [10] The single was nominated for two Grammys at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. especially : something moving or … Look, technically it's not plagiarized. Perform 'Blurred Lines' on 'The Voice, "Robin Thicke and Pharrell Perform 'Blurred Lines' on 'Ellen, "Watch: Robin Thicke, Psy & Bruno Mars Perform on 'Germany's Next Top Model' Finale", "Robin Thicke Performs 'Blurred Lines' With Pharrell On 'The Graham Norton Show, "Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines in the Live Lounge", "Robin Thicke Performs "Blurred Lines" on 'This Morning':watch", "Robin Thicke performs "Blurred Lines" in Studio 69", "Watch Robin Thicke Perform "Blurred LInes" on The Colbert Report", "Robin Thicke Performs with Iggy Azalea at MTV EMA", "Tears of joy: Pharrell 'happy' at awards show", "VMAs 2013: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke performance draws negative reactions from fellow celebrities – NY Daily News", "Thanks Miley! Or about the blurred lines between a good and a bad girl, according to Thicke. T.I. [14] In an interview with SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show, Thicke said: "Blurred Lines is very much about my wife. [118] In May 2017, he performed the song at 4th Indonesian Choice Awards. 1, 'Blurred Lines': 'We Didn't Know It Would Be This Big, "Robin Thicke on That Banned Video, Collaborating with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, and His New Film", "Robin Thicke's wife 'loves"'risqué music video", "Robin Thicke "Speaks On The Evolution & Popularity Of "Blurred Lines" On Howard Stern" Video", "Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds", "Summer song lawsuit exposes the 'Blurred Lines' of the US copyright system", "How the Blurred Lines scandal changed pop", "Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'? I know you want it" and "Do it like it hurt... What, you don't like work" may have promoted that culture, with listeners calling it "rapey," according to The Guardian's Dorian Lynskey. Seems more like a sound and a feel and a style and a genre and an era, none of which can be copyrighted. Only I didn’t know how to be in love, so I did the only thing I could to keep her close. Gaye's family accused the song's authors of copying the "feel" and "sound" of "Got to Give It Up" (the song that Thicke personally claimed was an influence on "Blurred Lines"), while Bridgeport claimed that the song illegally sampled Funkadelic's song "Sexy Ways". It became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with sales of 14.8 million,[9] simultaneously breaking the record for the largest radio audience in history. Martel favorably referred to the large hashtags that flash throughout the video as "awkward" and noted she enjoyed their obstructive quality. He's a man, so he definitely did not make you. Robin Thicke has teamed up with T.I. ", "Album review: Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines", "Robin Thicke Has a Hit on His Hands With 'Blurred Lines, "The 8 best and 8 worst songs of the decade", "Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Is the Album Justin Timberlake Was Too Famous to Make", "Robin Thicke, 'Blurred Lines' album review", "Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Breaks R&B/Hip-Hop Record", "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Still Atop Hot 100, Robin Thicke Reaches Top 10", "Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Hits No. In this song women are called animals and bitches as well as several other derogatory names. Cal. The lyrics are ridiculous, the guys are silly as fuck. 's rap, was entirely the work of Williams. [49], In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for twelve consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running number one single of 2013 and of the 2010s decade, surpassing Rihanna's "We Found Love" (2011),[50] but was later replaced by Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" in 2015. The video was shot as a white cyclorama. 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