[WATCH] Marvin Gaye’s Grand Daughters Make Musical Debut On X Factor + Pharrell Defense Ongoing Lawsuit Against Gaye’s Estate

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They hail from Detroit and they’re the talented off-spring of the legendary Marvin Gaye. This week, an up and coming all girl group called ‘Roxxy Montana‘, made their debut on X-Factor. The trio are sisters, aged 20, 21 and 22 and they sold their talent to Simon Cowell after attempting TWICE on stage. Initially, they performed Jennifer Hudson’s version of ‘One Night Only’ .

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After an unimpressed rendition, they attempted a second gospel song, nailing their spot on the show. Check their performance out.

Speaking of Marvin Gaye. The drama-filled lawsuit surrounding the late singer’s estate and Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ continues. 

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Recently Pharrell, who is involved in the suit (Pharrell, Thicke and the song’s other collaborator, T.I., filed a lawsuit asking a judge to determine that it does not copy Gaye’s song and a song by George Clinton. It was a pre-emptive strike against future claims from Gaye’s heirs that the song takes from Gaye’s composition without credit.), commented on how  much respect he has for Gaye, despite the suit. In an interview with the Associated Press, he stated:

I’m a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch…If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It’s completely different.

He continued that Gaye:

is the king of all kings, so let’s be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him. But anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two. One’s minor and one’s major. And not even in the same key.

Meanwhile, a few fans of Gaye, including actress Tichina Arnold has a different opinion. Recently, she weighed in (via her Instagram) on the lawsuit, writing:

When I heard the song for the first time, not only did I start snapping my fingers and tossed my body back and forth swaying and grooving to the familiar rhythm and beat…I also immediately became happy for the Marvin Gaye estate for collecting some passive (but very well deserved) copy right income for one of Marvin Gaye’s most classic and familiar songs. The song is a hit. I enjoy the song, but when first hearing it, I immediately thought the song was a remix of ‘God to Give It Up’. I pray that both parties in this lawsuit can walk away happy and fairly compensated…..It’s always easier to just (do the right thing) from the start. The Gaye family should not have been sued in the first place. The ‘writing’ is on the wall. Pardon the pun. But it’s time that the artists in every area of music in the arts treat other artists and musicians the way they would like to be treated.

Interesting takes, right?