Marvin Gaye's Family Is Now Saying Pharrell's 'Happy' Is A Rip Off Too
Earlier this week, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay Marvin Gaye's family $7.4 million after a jury found that "Blurred Lines" had copied Gaye's "Got to Give it Up."
Now, Gaye's family is claiming Pharrell ripped off another one of Gaye's songs for his massive hit, "Happy."
The Gaye family is not yet pursuing legal action, but they believe "Happy" borrowed rather liberally from Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar."
Nona Gaye, Gaye's daughter, said,
I'm not going to lie. I do think they sound alike.
Gaye's ex-wife Janis added,
I heard the mash-ups – but I didn't really need to hear them. I know 'Ain't That Peculiar' and I've heard 'Happy.'
So while no legal recourse is being taken currently, Pharrell could be in real trouble, at least in the court of public opinion.
Here's a mash-up of "Happy" and "Ain't That Peculiar."
Decide for yourself if you think Pharrell ripped off Gaye once again.