Marvin Gaye’s Family Now Focusing on Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

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Marvin Gaye’s Family Now Focusing on Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

Late singer's daughter says the award-winning song sounds familiar.

Published March 13, 2015

The Gaye family just won a major victory in court over the popular 2013 song "Blurred Lines." Now, CBS News reports that they're picking another sonic battle, targeting another of Pharrell Williams's major hits, "Happy."

The family is claiming that it sounds similar to Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar."


"I'm not going to lie. I do think they sound alike," said Nona Gaye, the 40-year-old daughter of the late singer. Though she thinks the songs favor sonically, she went on to explain that the family was not thinking about taking any legal action. "We're not in that space," she said.

"We're just in the moment today and we're satisfied," Janis Gaye said, before adding, "I heard mash-ups — but I didn't really need to hear them... I know 'Ain't That Peculiar' and I've heard 'Happy.'"

Marvin Gaye's estate was awarded $7.4 million on Tuesday (March 10) after a jury ruled in favor of the Gayes' claims that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" was too similar to the 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." Only Thicke and Williams — the two songwriters — will be required to pay the damages. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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