Jermaine Dupri Claims Ciara “I Bet” “Ripped Off Usher’s “U Got It Bad” Marvin Gaye Family Prepares For Round Two?

| March 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

The California federal jury’s decision to rule in favor of the Marvin Gaye estate of Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke 2013 single “Blurred Lines” may have more influence to the way songwriters make songs in the future than any verdict in music history. The landmark decision was the first of it’s kind but now it is threatening to bring down the whole creative process. Now Jermaine Dupri is saying Ciara’s “I Bet” is a ripoff of Usher’s “She got it bad”, saying:

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“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad,'” the music maker told the AP bluntly. Dupri boasts writing and producing credits for Usher’s smash 2001 single. The track helped the R&B crooner’s 8701 album go multiplatinum, and individually hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

“I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things,” Dupri continued to the AP. “It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”

Also the Marvin Gaye family may not be finished with suing Pharrell Williams as sources say the family are contemplating a round two saying Pharrell’s 2014 song of the year “Happy” may have borrowed too much from Marvin Gaye’s 1965 hit “Ain’t That Peculiar”?

Theboombox.com reports:

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke may have been dealt a huge blow after a California federal jury ruled that their 2013 hit single, “Blurred Lines,” sounded a little too similar to Marvin Gaye‘s “Got to Give It Up.” The pair would have to fork over $7 million to the Gaye family but the ruling may turn out to be just the beginning of the war.

Apparently, there have been whispers that Pharrell’s ubiquitous hit, “Happy,” could also be in the Gaye family’s legal crosshairs being that the joyous anthem sounds similar to another Marvin Gaye classic, “Ain’t That Peculiar.”

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Nona Gaye, who is Marvin Gaye’s only daughter, stated, “I’m not going to lie. I do think they sound alike.” However, when asked about any plans for additional lawsuits, she was mum on the topic, only responding “We’re not in that space.”

In another interview with Detroit News, Marvin Gaye’s widow, Janis Gaye, denied reports that they are planning to sue Skateboard P.

“We’re not contemplating any claims against Pharrell and ‘Happy’ at all,” she said. “None. I can’t think of anything that could be further from the truth.”

Back to the ET interview, when asked what is the difference between finding inspiration in a song and an all-out jacking, Nona Gaye offers the following: “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being inspired,” Nona explains. “I’ve been inspired when I made music before. Inspiration’s fine, but the line is when you decide to take the complete and utter essence out of the song. When you take all the meat, and leave the bones.”

Nevertheless, the verdict has sent shockwaves through the music industry and put songwriters and producers on notice. Music experts believe the ruling could open up a pandora’s box of lawsuits over “genre and feel” instead of legitimate infringement.

“If you are a songwriter you have to be a little nervous,” Atlas Music Group CEO Rich Stumpf tells Billboard. “You have all of these years of influence in your sub conscience, it can be a scary situation when you think you own some song you created and then you find out otherwise. And as times goes on and more songs come out, there are sonic things going on in your sub conscience.”

What do you think? Does Pharrell’s “Happy” sound like Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”? Tell us in the comments below.

Listen to Pharrell’s “Happy” and Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” Mashup

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , http://darnellmmusic@gmail.com/ or https://twitter.com/@darnellmmusic/

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