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Blurred Lines Trial Offers Rare Glimpse At The Bottom Line

image from www.celebrityaccess.comA verdict is the expected today in the "Blurred Lines" trial, which pits the Marvin Gaye family vs. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams and offered a glimpse of just how much money is generated by a hit song.

robin thickeAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, both sides conceded the accuracy of an accounting statement that reported $16,675,690 in profits from "Blurred Lines". Of that, $5,658,214 went to Robin Thicke, $5,153,457 was given to Pharrell Williams and $704,774 went to T.I., who all have credits on the hit.

Labels Interscope, UMG Distribution and Star Trak took the rest, with an exec from Universal testifying that the song had overhead costs of $6.9 million.

The lawsuit, brought by the family of Marvin Gaye, who allege that "Blurred Lines" infringes on the copyright of Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," is also seeking a share of the touring profits generated by the song which amounted to about $11 million. – via CelebrityAccess

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