Robin Thicke Admits to Drug Abuse in ‘Blurred Lines’ Deposition
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' depositions in the ongoing battle over 'Blurred Lines' -- the two artists are being sued by Marvin Gaye's children -- not only reveal new information regarding the creation of the hit track, but also the fact Thicke was on drugs while recording the song.
Recorded back in April, the transcripts show that the singer, who did not give input on the writing of the track, was high on Vicodin and under the influence of alcohol when he recorded 'Blurred Lines,' according to the Hollywood Reporter. He also admitted that he "had a drug and alcohol problem for the year" in 2013, and "didn't do a sober interview."
A judge said that the transcripts, which were previously confidential, should be unsealed, which has lead to Thicke's drug use being public knowledge.
Thicke explained under oath that he was jealous of Williams' work on the song and wanted to receive more credit.
"I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit...," he said. "I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that."
Then when asked "When the rhythm track was being created, were you there with Pharrell?", he responded:
"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."
As the deposition transcripts go, it seems that Williams is aware of this and still gives Thicke the co-writing credit, which entitles the 'Paula' creator to 18 to 20 percent in royalties. However, Williams explains that's part of being in the music business.
"This is what happens every day in our industry," he said during his 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."
As more information starts to pop up about 'Blurred Lines,' does this change your opinion on the track? Tell us in the comments.