Gaye heirs reap 'Blurred Lines' windfall
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THE JURY sure didn't see any blurred lines.
In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye's children were awarded nearly $7.4 million yesterday after a decision that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father's music to create "Blurred Lines," the biggest hit song of 2013.
Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch.
"Right now, I feel free," Nona Gaye said after the verdict. "Free from . . . Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told."
The Gayes' lawyer branded Williams and Thicke as liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye's late-1970s music and copied the R&B legend's hit "Got to Give It Up" outright.
"They fought this fight despite every odd being against them," Busch said of the Gaye family outside court.
Williams testified that Gaye's music was part of the soundtrack of his youth. But he said he didn't use it to create "Blurred Lines."
Gaye's children - Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III - sued Thicke and Williams in 2013 and were present when the verdict was read.
The verdict may face years of appeals.
Daily News pop(s)-music writer Jonathan Takiff reports that the Philly POPS is dangling an extra-sweet treat to lure in subscribers for the 2015-16 season - offering them early-bird access to tix to its first-ever supershow at the Wells Fargo Center starring popera sensation Andrea Bocelli.
Marking his first appearance here in a decade, Bocelli fronts the Philly POPS on Dec. 12 at the South Philly arena, with added vocal draws Heather Headley and Aida Garifullina. POPS subscribers and patrons will enjoy "special presale opportunities" this month, before general sale begins March 30.
"We are thrilled to be working with Bocelli, who is a legend in our time and the most acclaimed tenor in the world," said Philly POPS president Frank Giordano. "There is no performer on his level and no other dedicated/stand-alone pops orchestra in America that has the distinction of performing with him."
There'll be lots to celebrate in the Philly POPS regular season, too, including a Frank Sinatra commemoration (in October) marking the 100th anniversary of his birth, those ever-POPS-ular Christmas, Broadway and movie bundles, plus songathons spotlighting the catalogs of Carole King, in February (featuring cabaret notable Liz Callaway), and Billy Joel, in March - with "Movin' Out" star Michael Cavanaugh at the piano, man.
* The Walt Disney Co. may never have to come up with another original idea.
With a live-action "Cinderella" movie opening Friday, a live-action "Jungle Book" movie opening next year, a live-action "Beauty and the Beast" movie in preproduction and a slate of films based on characters from "Star Wars" and Marvel Comics, now comes word from E! News that the studio has hired Tim Burton to helm a live-action version of "Dumbo."
Maybe those Ringling Brothers circus elephants won't be out of work after all.
* Savvy businesswoman Taylor Swift - she also sings - is reportedly exploring the possibility of insuring her lanky legs.
TMZ.com reports that she's learned they were valued at $40 million.
The premiums, however, could be astronomical as Taylor often risks injury kicking boyfriends to the curb.
- Daily News wire services
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