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Robin Thicke summer hit inspired by Marvin Gaye

Chris dela Torre concludes his summer music series on CBC's Calgary Eyeopener with the story of what is arguably the song of this summer by Robin Thicke.

Calgary Eyeopener's Chris dela Torre on how a tribute song and controversial video led to a legal battle

Singer Robin Thicke's summer single Blurred Lines has landed him in hot water. ((Peter Kramer/NBC/Canadian Press))

Chris dela Torre concludes his summer music series on CBC Radio One's Calgary Eyeopener with the story of what is  arguably the song of this summer by Robin Thicke.

"Because it's Canadian, I think we should go with Blurred Lines," says dela Torre.

  • Below is a cleaned up version of Thicke's controversial video:

"So Robin Thicke and the producer Pharrell Williams are working away on Thicke's album and Thicke says to Pharrell 'You know, one of my favourite songs ever has got to be Got To Give It Up Part One by Marvin Gaye.'"

So they decided to make something similar and less than an hour later had Blurred Lines.

The track was released on YouTube in March and the song was instantly a big deal. However, dela Torre says it may not have been due to the music.

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"The video is basically Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams and the rapper TI and a whole bunch of nearly-naked models."

The song also features lyrics like, "I know you want it," which dela Torre says created a controversy over whether the song promotes rape.

"So YouTube bans the video for violating its nudity rules. But as we all know once you ban something, everyone's talking about it and by June Blurred Lines became Robin Thicke's first No. 1 (hit)."

But the story took another twist when Marvin Gaye's estate started to threaten legal action.

"They're saying that the song is a copy of Got To Give It Up Part One," said dela Torre.

Dela Torre says Thicke just wanted to "evoke an era" and the song is not the same.

You can decide for yourself, here is Chris dela Torre's comparison of the two songs.