ROBIN THICKE FT PHARRELL WILLIAMS & T.I. – BLURRED LINES
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One of only two songs on the entire countdown which topped the chart in all three of my featured territories, Blurred Lines was a hugely controversial track both musically and socially.
Released in the spring of 2013, originally Marvin Gaye’s estate attempted to sue Thicke over the sampling of Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”, which in turn, led to the bizarre event of Thick counter-suing……Eventually the matter was settled out of court in January of this year.
The bigger controversy over the song was the accusations of how it possibly trivialisised the subject of sexual consent. This interesting article from The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey explains it far better than I could.
Leaving the moral debate aside, I’m here to talk about the song purely in musical terms. Although I didn’t share the same enthusiasm as most, considering it’s considerable commercial success, there is no doubting that it was one of the catchiest songs of the summer and combined all of the key ingridients required to have listeners hooked for the long haul……..Funky beat……Silky vocals from the long time ignored Thicke……..and the all important sing along chorus.
Oh, and I didn’t mind the video either! Even though Pharrell does remind me of Bill Cosby in it :)
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