Pharrell can breathe easy.
Earlier this week, P and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay Marvin Gaye's family $7.4 million after a jury ruled that their 2013 smash "Blurred Lines" too closely copied Gaye's "Got To Give It Up." Soon after the decision, though, rumors began circulating that the late soul singer's family was going to come after Pharrell again -- this time for infringing on "Ain’t That Peculiar" with the hit "Happy."
It turns out that won't be the case.
“We’re not suing Pharrell over ‘Happy,' ” Gaye’s ex-wife, Janis, told Medium on Friday (March 13). “We are pleased with the ['Blurred Lines'] verdict, but contrary to reports in the media, we have absolutely no claim concerning Pharrell’s song, ‘Happy.' ”
“That is false,” she said.
After this week's ruling, Gaye's daughter, Nona, said she felt "free from ... Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
Thicke's lawyer, though, said on Wednesday that he'll be appealing the verdict.
“We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand," Howard E. King said. "My clients know that they wrote the song ‘Blurred Lines’ from their hearts and souls and no other source.”