In the ongoing "Blurred Lines" trial, Pharrell Williams is now testifying that he was actually inspired by Miley Cyrus and Earl Sweatshirt, rather than Marvin Gaye. The Gaye family claims that the Robin Thicke song sounds too much like Marvin's "Got To Give It Up," but Pharrell told the court on Wednesday that he only modeled the song after "the feel" of the '70s.
"I had Earl Sweatshirt in one room and Miley Cyrus in the other. I was doing a bunch of country-sounding music with Miley," he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that bluegrass and "yodeling" were on his mind when we went to work on Thicke's song. "It was like blending this country sound with this up-tempo groove."
However, in previous media interviews, both Pharrell and Thicke said they fashioned the song after "Got To Give It Up." Thicke has testified that he was drunk and high on Vicodin during the interviews. He also claims that, while he has songwriting credit for the track, he didn't write it, and only took credit for the song because he didn't want to accept that he didn't come up with it himself. Pharrell corroborated this story. The song has made $16 million, according to figures presented in court. P has made $5.2 on the song, while Thicke has made $5.6 million.
Now that it's on Pharrell, the super-producer is saying that he only tried to mimick the sound of an era: "I must've been channeling —" he paused — "that feeling, that late-'70s feeling. Sometimes when you look back on your past work, you see echoes of people. But that doesn't mean that's what you were doing."