Forbes.com has published this interesting breakdown of the costs associated with the hit song “Blurred Lines” by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I.. During an ongoing plagiarism lawsuit brought forward by the estate of Marvin Gaye, a Universal Music executive said that the overhead cost of the song were $6.9 million. Here is Forbes’ explanation of how that could be:
Marvin Gaye’s family’s lawsuit against Robin Thicke over his song,“Blurred Lines,” has peeled back the curtain on just how much it can cost to birth a hit single.
Earlier this week, court testimony in Los Angeles federal court revealed that Thicke has earned $5.66 million from the song, while co-writer/performer/producer Pharrell Williams made $5.15 million and featured performer/co-writer T.I. $704,774, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Perhaps the most shocking revelation was testimony from an executive at Universal Music Group, the record company that released and distributed “Blurred Lines,” who stated that overhead costs to create the song tallied $6.9 million.