Top of the Morning: Robin Thicke and Pharrell Head to Court, Bruce Springsteen Talks Books and More

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 10.31.14 in News

Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.

Judge John Kronstadt doesn’t think that the lines are so blurred. (See what we did there?) The California arbitrator ruled that Marvin Gaye’s family has sufficient evidence to take Robin Thicke and Pharrell to court for the similarities between their song “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” (You’ll recall, this is also the same courtroom where Thicke admitted that he had been using alcohol and Vicodin heavily throughout all of 2013, especially during any interview where he made reference to “Blurred Lines.”) A trial date is set for February 10, 2015 where the lawyers will discuss, “the substantial similarity of signature phrases, hooks, bass lines, keyboard chords, harmonic structures and vocal melodies of the two songs,” in addition to whether or not Gaye’s copyright on “Got to Give It Up” extends to both sheet music and vocal recordings. It sounds crazy boring, but perhaps this will give Pharrell more time to brainstorm hit singles, that don’t rip-off modern classics, while he’s sitting up there on the bench. He could certainly use some different inspiration, ahem.

December 2 is fast approaching and She & Him’s Classics will be here before we know it. To tide us over, they’ve released another single off the album. The cover of “Time After Time” (Sinatra, not Lauper) is a duet between Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, and while their voices are easy breezy per usual, there’s the distinct feeling that you should only listen to this music while knitting a scarf as it snows outside. Or decorating cupcakes. Or during part of a movie montage that doesn’t actually exist because it’s not real life.

Who knew that the Boss was such a literary nerd? Bruce Springsteen sat down with the New York Times to chat about what he’s currently reading and the rock star has got a fair amount of classics under his belt. He just finished Moby Dick and Love in the Time of Cholera. Anna Karenina is a stand-by favorite, as is Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Could we possibly make a suggestion to Bruce, though? Add some more female writers to your rotation. Flannery O’Conner is the stock answer for male graduate students who don’t normally read women, but we got you on this one. Call us, we’ll put together a reading list.

Other than that, we’re very happy to say that it’s Friday. Even Lorde’s dog is having an existential crisis, we all need a break.

Lorde's dog