Is it possible that Miley
Cyrus is to blame for Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," and the
countless thinkpieces and #hottakes it inspired? Sort of! That's what producer Pharrell
Williams testified to in court, during the copyright infringement trial brought
by the adult children of Marvin Gaye.
Frankie and Nona Gaye allege that "Blurred Lines"
borrows quite a lot from their father's classic song "Got To Give It
Up," but Pharrell testified that Cyrus herself inspired the song. The day
he was noodling around coming up with ideas for the song, "I had Earl
Sweatshirt in one room and Miley Cyrus in the other. I was doing a bunch of country-sounding
music with Miley," so the young singer's "yodeling" was echoing
in his ears when he started working on Thicke's song. "It was like
blending this country sound with this up-tempo groove," Williams said.
also testified that, despite what he said in previous interviews, Pharrell did most of
the songwriting and melody. Also, Thicke was trashed on booze and Vicodin during every
interview he gave that year, so YOLO?