Robin Thicke's catastrophic year got even worse today. Besides the public separation from his wife and his weak, and creepy attempt to get her back on the album, Paula, which tanked in sales, he's still in a ton of legal drama over his chart-topping hit, "Blurred Lines." The Hollywood Reporter was able to obtain a copy of the transcripts from Robin and Pharrell's preemptive lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's estate, which threatened to sue the artists over the similarities between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."
In the transcripts, Robin admits to being high on Vicodin during the making and recording of the song, and that he received wrongful credit for the song—he's listed as a songwriter ahead of Pharrell. In a previous interview with GQ, Thicke claimed that he and Pharrell came up with the song together after being inspired by "Got to Give It Up."
Q: Were you present during the creation of 'Blurred Lines'?
Thicke: I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there.
Q: When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?
Thicke: To be honest, that's the only part where — I was high on vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted — I — I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. So I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was and I — because I didn't want him — I wanted some credit for this big hit. But the reality is, is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song." Thicke says he was just "lucky enough to be in the room" when Williams wrote the song.
During Pharrell's portion of the deposition, he explained why he let Robin take so much credit for the single.
"This is what happens every day in our industry," said Williams during his own deposition. "You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in."
Pharrell also says that Thicke's voice was the determining factor to hold the song together and differentiate it.
Q: In your view, what holds 'Blurred Lines' together throughout the different sections?
Williams: What holds it together?
Williams: Robin Thicke's voice.
Q: Does the bass line and the keyboard hold the songs together through the different sections?
Q: Why not?
A: Because it's the white man singing soulfully and we, unfortunately, in this country don't get enough — we don't get to hear that as often, so we get excited by it when the mainstream gives that a shot. But there's a lot of incredibly talented white folk with really soulful vocals, so when we're able to give them a shot — and when I say 'we,' I mean like as in the public gives them a shot to be heard, then you hear the Justin Timberlakes and you hear the Christina Aguileras and you hear, you know, all of these masterful voices that have just been given, you know, an opportunity to be heard because they're doing something different.
In response to Thicke and Pharrell's statements, Gaye's family questions how much can be believed of what Thicke says based on his substantial drug and alcohol abuse.
"Thicke, for his part, now claims he made all of his statements while drunk or on drugs, none of them true, and he mentioned Marvin Gaye only to sell records," states the counter-claimants' court papers. "He also actually testified that he is not an honest person. This complete contempt for the judicial system, and their obligations to tell the truth, can best be summed up by Thicke’s ultimate admission, while under oath, that he '[does not] give a f--k' about this litigation."
This case is currently set to go to trial on February 10, 2015, and we will continue to update when more details are available. Read more over at The Hollywood Reporter now.