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Pharrell Williams says the controversy surrounding Blurred Lines made him realise some of his songs “catered” to a sexist culture. The singer says at first he didn’t understand why some people saw the lyrics as “rapey”. But he later realised that “there are men who use the same language when taking advantage of a woman”. […]

A judge in the US has dismissed a copyright case against Jay Z and Timbaland over his track Big Pimpin’. The rapper was accused of not getting permission to use a flute sample from a track written by an Egyptian composer called Baligh Hamdi in 1957. His nephew and heir, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, claimed they […]

A judge has trimmed more than $1m (£639,000) from the damages Pharrell Williams was ordered to pay after the Blurred Lines copyright trial. The case revolved around the question of whether Williams and his co-writer Robin Thicke had copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit Got To Give It Up. In March, a jury ruled that they […]

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have given The Gap Band a writing credit on their huge hit Uptown Funk, due to its similarities with their 1979 track Oops Up Side Your Head. Uptown Funk, which topped the UK chart for seven weeks and the US chart for 14, originally had six songwriters. The five writers […]

Marvin Gaye’s family want to stop sales of Blurred Lines, after a court ruled it copied one of the R&B star’s hit songs. Gaye’s children have filed an injunction to prevent the copying, distribution and performance of Robin Thicke, TI and Pharrell’s 2013 track. Last week, a jury said the performers had based elements of […]

A US judge has ruled that a trial should settle a dispute over whether Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ hit Blurred Lines copied elements of Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up. Federal Judge John Kronstadt denied a request from Thicke and Williams to reject the plagiarism claims that were filed by Gaye’s family last […]

Beyoncé is in the running for eight prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards including video of the year, best female and best choreography. Her song Drunk in Love, performed alongside husband Jay-Z, is up against rivals including Pharrell Williams’ Happy for best video. Rappers Eminem and Iggy Azalea scooped seven nods apiece in key […]

Pharrell Williams has taken home two gongs at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. The rapper was named best R&B artist and also took home the award for video of the year for Happy at Sunday night’s ceremony. Nicki Minaj claimed the title of the best female hip-hop artist for the fifth year in a […]