According to Billboard’s Top 200, Marvin Gaye’s The No. 1’s album sales have been booming following the guilty verdict of a Los Angeles jury on March 10, 2015 for the creators of 2013’s smash hit song, “Blurred Lines” infringing on copyrights of “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye. Following the verdict, the defendants Pharell Wiliiams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris, Jr (aka T.I.) were ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye $7.3 million in copyright infringement damages.
Gaye’s album, The No. 1’s, was released in 2009 and has recently landed a spot on the Billboard 200 chart, coming in at No. 175 after moving 4,000 units. Billboard reports, “54 percent of its points were earned from track equivalent albums, fueled by sales of the song ‘Got To Give It Up (Pt. 1).’” But that’s not all. The song reported its biggest sales week ever with over 10,000 downloads, which is an increase of 246% from the previous weeks, and has jumped back into the R&B Digital Songs chart at No. 18.
This is no doubt due to the recent worldwide media coverage on the “Blurred Lines” case, involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Along with the $7.3 million that the family will be receiving, the Gaye family will also benefit from the tailwind of these sales. The family isn’t done yet, though. They are now pursuing legal action against T.I., Interscope and Universal Records for their involvement in the song.
H/T: XXL Mag