New York; New York (December 1, 2016) – Tracey Miller & Associates (TMA), a leading entertainment strategic media and marketing firm, announces the appointment of Serena (Gallagher) Boyd as Senior VP for the company. Boyd will develop and engineer an expanded global strategy for TMA in this specially created role, utilizing marketing, digital, and social media strategies to drive new business growth for the firm and its diverse roster of clients.

As Founder, Tracey Miller guides TMA into its third decade, citing Boyd’s appointment as a noteworthy expansion of the firm’s commitment to broaden the reach of its clients and the TMA brand across all platforms.

“Serena is a longtime friend and colleague who shares our vision in embracing the ongoing changes in our industry as new opportunities to expand TMA’s business model,” stated Miller. “The social and experiential component to music and other entertainment forms has created fewer barriers to emerging artists and brands. Serena will help us diversify the access and exposure we provide, grow our branding and client base, enabling us to reach fan communities and media tastemakers integrating a variety of speciality and niche services that drive interest, create new content, and more efficiently engage the marketplace.”

Recognized as one of the most trusted and respected media relations executives in the music business, Boyd has guided the careers of star artists in multiple genres, developing pivotal media strategies for a wide range of award-winning performers, Grammy-winning superstars, Hall Of Fame inductees, trailblazing urban and hip hop artists and rock innovators.

Boyd returns to the States from England, where she was a media and marketing consultant for U.S. and UK based clients, often partnering with TMA on global campaigns. In addition, Boyd was an adjunct professor teaching on the Music Industry Studies programs at BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) and The Manchester College.

Prior to her move to England, Boyd helmed Universal Republic Records’ media arsenal as Senior Vice President of Publicity, overseeing campaigns for the top selling roster of gold and platinum artists, including Amy Winehouse, Mika, Colbie Caillat, 3 Doors Down, Owl City, and Damian Marley, as well as working with Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame artists such as Prince and The Who.

Prior to Boyd’s appointment at Universal Republic, she served in several capacities in the publicity department of the Universal Motown Record Group family of labels, helping to re-energize the historic label’s storied legacy. Joining Motown Records as Vice President of Publicity and Media

Relations in 1996, Boyd went on to guide the public relations campaign for such icons as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Boyz II Men, as well as Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, and India.Arie. In 2003 Ms. Boyd was appointed Senior Vice President of Pop/Rock Publicity for the Universal Motown Records Group navigating the media campaigns for multi-platinum artists including 3 Doors Down, JoJo, Godsmack, and Michael McDonald, among others.

Prior to joining Universal Motown Records Group, Boyd founded her own publicity firm representing some of the most influential artists and executives in the hip hop and urban music landscape, including pioneering hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, as well as Notorious B.I.G., The Wu-Tang Clan, and the groundbreaking cable TV series, HBO’s Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam.

“It is exciting to return to America and have the opportunity to join the TMA team,” commented Boyd. “Tracey is one of the most insightful and innovative strategists I know. I have always admired her creative instincts and unconventional approach to campaigns. I look forward to supporting her as she continues to develop TMA as one of the premier entertainment marketing firms.”

In addition to her duties at TMA, Boyd has joined the Music Department at Rowan University as an Adjunct Professor – Music Business. Boyd holds a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College, received her PGCE qualification from the University of Huddersfield (UK) and is a Fellow of The UK Higher Education Academy. Boyd is a member of The Recording Academy, British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), Americana Music Association (AMA), International Bluegrass Music Association, National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), and Songwriters Hall of Fame


Tracey Miller & Associates is an all-purpose awareness-provider specializing in unique deliverables across the growing spectrum of PR and social media platforms. The TMA Roster is comprised of breaking new artists and established stars, including a diverse array of clients and brands in the music, film, publishing, charitable, health, lifestyle, live venue & event, and digital realms.

Spearheaded by founder, Tracey Miller, an entertainment veteran who blazed her own path in the music business working with such clients as Run DMC, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, India.Arie, 3 Doors Down, and Danny Aiello, to name a few, TMA is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Along with data-driven, intricately targeted media campaigns, comprehensive social media maintenance and other key strategic/cross-marketing services now being offered by TMA, Miller believes that artist development know-how will always be a cornerstone of TMA. “Tailoring a development strategy to the right media message requires the kind of attention to detail we pride ourselves on. From engaging music supervisors to soliciting sponsorship opportunities; from connecting with blogs and social media communities to aligning with label, third-party, and branding partners, we believe the story still matters, and the multiple ways we share our clients’ story with the world is the key to our success as a PR company.”

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NBC NEWS: Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels: Commissioner Bratton Should Apologize to Rappers


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and hip-hop icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniels says the New York police commissioner’s recent comments — where he labeled rappers as thugs following a shooting at a hip-hop concert — are disrespectful and that the commissioner should apologize to rappers like Chuck D, Will Smith and Kendrick Lamar — performers whose songs do not promote violence and negative images.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run DMC in 2014. Scott Roth/Invision/AP
Police commissioner William Bratton’s comments came Thursday after four people were shot at a Manhattan concert hall where rapper T.I. was scheduled to perform on Wednesday night. Bratton blamed the shootings on “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists who are basically thugs that basically celebrate the violence that they live all their lives.”

McDaniels, one of the founding members of the pioneering rap group Run-DMC, said the shooting is not a “hip-hop problem” and that Bratton’s statement was unfair to rappers like LL Cool J, De La Soul, J. Cole and many others.

“He needs to apologize to all the rappers who have come from (the) streets but have never put out anything negative (and) disrespectful to break down … and destroy their community,” McDaniels, 51, told the Associated Press on Friday.

“(Bratton) was upset and pointing a finger and getting to the root and not thinking about the people he would hurt by saying what he said,” McDaniels continued. “Him as the commissioner saying it did so much damage (and) pushes hip-hop back — that’s why he should apologize.”

Bratton told the AP Friday night that, “I meant what I said about the thugs who call themselves rap artists, and shoot up crowded clubs, and in this case, kill and wound people.”

But he said in a statement emailed by his spokesman that he understands rap has become “an important vehicle for storytelling in urban America” and that there’s a segment of “gangster rap” that often overshadows rap’s most important messages.

The rap group Run DMC in 1988. From left, Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and Jason Mizell “Jam Master Jay.” AP
Bratton said his comments about the shootings were “misread as a reference to all of rap and hip hop, which it was not.” He said he’s concerned about the “subset that not only glamorize violence but some who employ violence like a prop for ‘street cred.'”

Police are investigating the deadly shooting at Irving Plaza, where one person died. Rapper Roland Collins, whose stage name is Troy Ave, will face attempted murder and weapons charges. He was also shot in the leg. Ronald McPhatter, who died, was a member of Collins’ entourage and had been there to provide security, according to his family.

In an interview with WCBS radio, Bratton said rap music “oftentimes celebrates violence, celebrates degradation of women, celebrates the drug culture.”

“It’s unfortunate that as they get fame and fortune that some of them are just not able to get out of the life, if you will,” he said.

McDaniels said his words are “totally, totally, totally unacceptable and false.”

“There’s a million rappers who come from the hood who do not portray, promote or produce products that celebrate or legitimizes any forms of negativity,” he said. “The commissioner, he knew better than that. I respect his job, I know it’s hard and all of that, but he should have known better.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he thought Bratton was “talking out of frustration.”


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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC condemns NYPD top cop Bill Bratton for saying rappers are ‘basically thugs’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:16 PM

Hip hop icon Darryl (DMC) McDaniels has as much love for New York’s top cop as he does for Sucker M.C.’s.

The “Run-DMC” legend struck back at Bill Bratton Thursday after the police commissioner said rappers were “basically thugs” following a deadly shooting the day before at a rap concert inside a Manhattan nightspot.

“He should have known better,” the Queens rapper told the Daily News.

“He should have kept it specific to what happened. All rappers ain’t gangsters. I went to St. John’s University, so I took it personally.

“LL Cool J isn’t a thug. Will Smith is a rapper. He’s not a thug. Nobody knows that Chuck D was a graphic arts major.”

In an interview, Bratton slammed the rap culture for glamorizing the gangster lifestyle and promoting violence in their songs and on stage.

“The crazy world of these so-called rap artists who are basically thugs, that basically celebrate violence they did all their lives, and unfortunately that violence oftentimes manifests itself during their performances,” Bratton said on The Len Berman and Todd Schnitt show on 710 WOR radio.

But McDaniels said hip hop music has gotten a bad rap, and said someone like Bratton should be able to tune out all the noise.

“He doesn’t know any better because he’s not being shown any better,” McDaniels said. “When you turn on Hot97 or MTV, you only see the dark stupid ignorant side of us. It’s not the generation. It’s the people who control the images in our generation.”

But the man who rapped with Joseph (Run) Simmons on such classics as “Sucker M.C.’s,” “It’s Tricky” and “My Adidas” admitted that some rappers have to take responsibility for the backlash.

“When we see the violence in our community, we’ve got to keep saying it’s wrong, it’s wrong, it’s wrong,” said McDaniels, whose new record “Flames,” with singer Myles Kennedy and bassist John Moyer, addresses gun violence.

“We don’t want our young people naming ourselves after John Gotti and them. Why do you feel pride after naming yourself after Scarface and Noriega?”

McDaniels was personally touched by the gun violence he denounced.

In 2002, his friend Jason Mizell, better known as Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay, was shot and killed execution-style in a Queens music studio.

The murder remains unsolved.

“We don’t want our young people naming ourselves after John Gotti and them. Why do you feel pride after naming yourself after Scarface and Noriega?”

McDaniels was personally touched by the gun violence he denounced.

In 2002, his friend Jason Mizell, better known as Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay, was shot and killed execution-style in a Queens music studio.

The murder remains unsolved.

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NY Daily News: NYC rap legend, Mets star call for Hometown Heroes in Education nominations

Local luminaries from the worlds of music, sports and television news are calling on New Yorkers to nominate top teachers, principals and other special school staffers for the Daily News Hometown Heroes in Education awards.The annual contest shines a light on the extraordinary people who work with the city’s 1.1 million school students but rarely receive recognition for their efforts.“Our teachers are often overlooked in their importance to society and the nurturing of our children,” said Darryl McDaniels, DMC of the legendary hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC, who grew up in Queens.“Teachers and educators need to be celebrated and honored and treated like one of the most vital components of our communities,” said McDaniels, a longtime supporter of the Hometown Heroes awards. “Teachers are true MVPs (Most Valuable People) and champions and all stars!”

New York Daily News ‘Hometown Heroes in Education’ rules

The contest is open to employees at New York City public, private and parochial schools. Nominations can be sent by email, mail or fax.

A panel of judges will select the winners, who will be honored at a breakfast in October.

New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker said teachers are vital role models for kids.

New York Mets' Neil Walker notes that a teacher's "positive influence" can help kids beyond the classroom.

New York Mets’ Neil Walker notes that a teacher’s “positive influence” can help kids beyond the classroom.


“Good teachers can help create good morals and values for kids in the classroom,” said Walker, whose mother once worked as a teacher. “Their positive influence not only works in the classroom, but can be applied in everyday life.”

The News is organizing the awards with the help of the city Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.

Some nominees will be profiled in the pages of The News in the coming weeks.

“One thing that we look for as judges is teachers who recreate the magic year after year,” said NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, a judge and host of the awards ceremony. “This may be the 10th year they’ve done something. But to the students, it’s the first time.”

Daily News searches for 2016’s Hometown Heroes in Education

“It’s also exciting to see nominations from people who aren’t a typical classroom teacher,” Kiernan added. “Sometimes it’s someone on the support staff who makes a huge difference for students. They create the environment that invites learning.”

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CNN: DMC tackles black-on-black crime and police brutality in new song

Story by Deena Zaru and Video by Alex Lee, CNN


New York (CNN)Rapper Darryl McDaniels — known as DMC — says gun violence shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

The artist told CNN in an interview that partisan “arguing” over gun control needs to stop and called on politicians to find “sensible and safe” solutions to the problem of gun violence.
“I don’t look at things from a Democratic or Republican position because as soon as you say, ‘I’m a Democrat and you’re a Republican’ there’s a beef right then and there,” DMC told CNN.
While many Democrats say limiting access to firearms and high-volume ammunition clips is the best way to curb gun violence, many Republicans maintain that imrproving mental health care is the most effective approach to the problem. And as Black Lives Matter activists urge action over alleged cases of police brutality, others believe that street and gang violence in cities like Chicago are the problem.
“Whether it’s a cop shooting a kid or a kid shooting a kid, we gotta look at the totality of the senseless, ridiculous, foolish violence that is polluting all of our communities,” DMC said. “So I decided to be the rock ‘n’ roll hip hop guy that wouldn’t be afraid to make a song about it because it isn’t all good in the ‘hood.”
DMC, who rose to fame in the 1980s as part of the legendary rap group RUN-DMC, teamed up with Disturbed bassist John Moyer and rock front man Myles Kennedy to release “Flames” — a song that addresses issues within the black community, including police brutality and street violence. The song fuses rap and rock elements and asks, “Why does the answer always gotta be a gun?”
DMC slammed cops who “bring a gun to a knife fight” and said that police officers “could have caught these young men” or “corralled” them “without having to pull out guns and kill people.”
But he also lamented all of the gang violence in cities like Chicago and criticized politicians for not stopping the flow of illegal weapons coming into the cities.
“What I’m saying is not anti-police and it’s not … against my community. It’s about using common sense to alleviate all the problems,” DMC said.
RUN-DMC just received rap’s first Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and along with Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons) and Jam Master Jay, who was shot and killed in 2002, McDaniels has been making politically and socially conscious hip-hop music since the 1980s.
DMC said that when RUN-DMC and artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Grand Master Flash and Melle Mel made socially conscious records during the Reagan era like “The Message,” “Hard Times” and RUN-DMC’s “It’s LIke That,” “gang banging and drug dealing and teenage pregnancies and drug selling” were “running rampant” in the streets.
“But because the MC’s were addressing the issues weekly, on radio, the people listening to us were getting ideas,” DMC said, lamenting the “negativity” in current hip-hop radio.
DMC said that songs like the group’s 1983 hit “It’s Like That,” helped some kids stay out of gangs.
During that time poverty plagued the inner cities and there was a major crack cocaine epidemic in places like New York.
In October 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared the use of illicit drugs a national security threat and between 1980 and 1989, drugs arrests were up by 89%, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report.
In songs like their 1986 hit “It’s Tricky,” RUN-DMC address the drug epidemic: “We are not thugs (we don’t use drugs) but you assume (on your own)/ They offer coke (and lots of dope) but we just leave it alone.”
And now, as criminal justice reform is stalled in Congress, DMC, who backed Hillary Clinton in 2008, said he commends President Barack Obama’s efforts to address the issue by raising awareness and taking executives actions like commuting the sentences of drug offenders.
“I think Obama is trying to do on his way out what he wants people to do on their way in at the beginning,” DMC said. “He’s trying to set an example … he’s doing what he can and for that should be commended.”

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RollingStone: Marvin Gaye’s Children: What Our Father Would Say About Lawsuit

“If he were alive today, he would embrace the technology available to artists,” says family. “But we also know he would be vigilant about safeguarding the artist’s rights”


Marvin Gaye‘s children have penned an open letter in the hope of “set[ting] the record straight on a few misconceptions” in the media’s coverage of their successful lawsuit against the writers of Robin Thicke‘s 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”

Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III’s joint letter mainly dives into the background and legacy of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” the 1977 single the court found to have been copied by Thicke and co-writer Pharrell Williams.

In the letter, the siblings imagine how their father would have handled the situation. “If he were alive today, we feel he would embrace the technology available to artists and the diverse music choices and spaces accessible to fans who can stream a song at a moment’s notice,” the siblings wrote. “But we also know he would be vigilant about safeguarding the artist’s rights. He also gave credit where credit is due.”

Even though the outcome of the lawsuit favored the Gaye family, the children claim that all of this could have been avoided if Thicke and Williams had approached the family before releasing the single, especially since the similarities were deemed to be not coincidental. “Like most artists, they could have licensed and secured the song for appropriate usage,” the family stated. “This did not happen. We would have welcomed a conversation with them before the release of their work. This also did not happen.”

Thicke and Pharrell Williams lost the copyright suit on March 10th. Following the court’s decision, the lawyer representing Marvin Gaye’s family has sought to halt all sales of “Blurred Lines.” Since the proceedings, the family had noted some similarities between Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” and Williams’ “Happy,” though the family has confirmed in the open letter that they “have absolutely no claim whatsoever concerning ‘Happy.'”

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‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Was Avoidable: Read Marvin Gaye Family’s Statement (Exclusive)

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Children of “Got to Give It Up” singer tell TheWrap they would have “welcomed a conversation” about licensing the song

As the legal battle over the Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines” ramps up for yet another round of back-and-forth, Marvin Gaye’s family — who earlier this month were awarded $7.4 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit revolving around the song — has issued a statement saying that the whole legal entanglement could have been avoided.

In an open letter from Marvin Gaye’s children obtained by TheWrap on Wednesday, Nona, Frankie, and Marvin Gaye III said that they “would have welcomed” a conversation with Thicke and “Blurred Lines” producer Pharrell Williams, if the pair had opted to license Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up,” which a jury decided was infringed upon in the creation of “Blurred Lines.”

“Like most artists, they could have licensed and secured the song for appropriate usage; a simple procedure usually arranged in advance of the song’s release.  This did not happen. We would have welcomed a conversation with them before the release of their work,” the family noted in the letter.

Also Read: Robin Thicke Plans to File Motion for New ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial, Gaye Family Seeks Injunction

Gaye’s children also said that they were forced into court by a preemptive lawsuit from Thicke, which sought a ruling that “Blurred Lines” did not infringe upon “Got to Give It Up.”

The family’s letter arrives on the heels of paperwork filed by Thicke and Williams’ lawyer, indicating that they plan to file a motion for a new trial. The paperwork describes last week’s  jury verdict as “inconsistent.”

Also Read: Inside the ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial: Marvin Gaye’s Son and His Attorney Reveal Details Behind $7.4 Million Verdict

Late Tuesday, the Gaye family also filed its own motion, requesting an injunction against the sale of “Blurred Lines” until an agreement can be negotiated “for proper attribution of Marvin Gaye as a writer of ‘Blurred Lines’ and for the use of ‘Got To Give It Up’ in the infringing work so that the Gayes may share in the copyright and all future proceeds of ‘Blurred Lines.’”

The Gaye family also took issue with the fact that rapper T.I.,who performs on the song, as well as Star Trak Entertainment, Universal Music Distribution, UMG Recordings and Interscope Records were not found liable in the verdict.

Also Read: ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Nearly Doubles Sales of Disputed Marvin Gaye Song

“As a matter of law, all members of the distribution chain are liable for copyright infringement, including co-writer of the song ‘Blurred Lines’ Clifford Harris Jr. and the Interscope Parties, who manufactured, licensed, distributed, and sold the infringing song, both as a single and as part of the album ‘Blurred Lines,’” the Gaye family contended in the filing.

The family is asking for the verdict to be amended so as to impose liability against the additional parties.

Read the full open letter below.

An Open Letter from the Children of Marvin Gaye 3/18/15

We want to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude for the outpouring of love and support we have received from all of our father’s fans and friends, as well as artists and industry folks who contacted us surrounding the recent events concerning his song, “Got to Give It Up.”  Your kindness and encouragement gave us incredible strength and perseverance. We are so incredibly grateful for your support as well as the hard work and dedication of our amazing legal team and experts.  We thank you all.

We especially want to thank our mom Jan for her belief in what we were doing all along, and for her never-ending support.

We will celebrate what would have been our dad’s 76th birthday next month, and though we miss him every day — just like the many thousands of well-wishers who have expressed their heartfelt goodwill — it is through his music that we find our compass and our paths moving forward. We are his children, but we too are his fans and we hold his music dear.

It is in that spirit and on behalf of all those who Dad always considered an extended family, his fans, we take this opportunity to set the record straight on a few misconceptions echoing through some news and social media platforms about our intentions, our plans, and the so-called ‘larger’ ramifications of this case within the music industry.

Originally released in 1977, “Got to Give It Up” became one of our dad’s most cherished hits, still a favorite at backyard barbecues, weddings, parties, on the radio or on your iPod.  As Oprah said, it is one of her “favorite party songs of all time.” The comments on social media, emails and calls we received after the verdict affirmed for us that the song continues to touch in even deeper ways, becoming part of the soundtrack to so many lives.  “Got to Give It Up” is also recognized by Billboard Magazine as the fourth-biggest single of the 30 charting hits our dad created during his extraordinary career.

It has been nearly 38 years since its initial release: Tastes change, trends evolve, but we should all be able to agree that it’s a testament to the enduring power of “Got to Give It Up” that we have arrived at this juncture with Mr. Thicke and Mr. Williams at all.  The fact that they have openly acknowledged their respect and admiration for the song is public knowledge and further proof of its resonance with an entirely new generation of music fans.

However, most songwriting begins with an organic approach; a songwriter brings his or her influences to the table and then works creatively from a blank slate in the crafting of their song to ensure originality and the integrity of their creation.  If Mr. Thicke and Mr. Williams had tried to create a new song and coincidentally infused “Got to Give It Up” into their work, instead of deliberately undertaking to “write a song with the same groove,” we would probably be having a different conversation.

Like most artists, they could have licensed and secured the song for appropriate usage; a simple procedure usually arranged in advance of the song’s release.  This did not happen. We would have welcomed a conversation with them before the release of their work. This also did not happen.

Instead of licensing our father’s song and giving him the appropriate songwriter credit, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams released “Blurred Lines” and then filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against us, forcing us into court.  They sought to quickly affirm that their song was “starkly different,” than “Got to Give It Up.”  The Judge denied their motion for Summary Judgement, and a jury was charged with determining the “extrinsic and intrinsic similarities” of the songs.  The jury has spoken.

We wanted to also make clear that the jury was not permitted to listen to the actual sound recording of “Got to Give It Up.”  Our dad’s powerful vocal performance of his own song along with unique background sounds were eliminated from the trial, and the copyright infringement was based entirely on the similarity of the basic musical compositions, not on “style,” or “feel,” or “era,” or “genre.”  His song is so iconic that its basic composition stood strong. We feel this further amplifies the soundness of the verdict.

Like all music fans, we have an added appreciation for songs that touch us in mysterious ways. Mr. Thicke and Mr. Williams certainly have a right to be inspired by “Got to Give It Up,” but as the jury ruled, they did not have the right to use it without permission as a blueprint for a track they were constructing.

Great artists like our dad intentionally build their music to last, but we as the caretakers of such treasures, have an obligation to be vigilant about preserving the integrity of the music so that future generations understand its origins and feel its effect as the artist intended, and to assure that it retains its value.

We feel as many do that, our father, Marvin Gaye, is an artist for the ages.  But whether we’re talking about a work created 50 years ago or a work created 50 years from now, protecting the legacy of original artistry is not a personal obligation, but a universal commitment in support of enduring creative achievement, encouraging future artists to also aim for new ground and their own legacies. That is what copyright laws help us do; they give people the incentive to write original songs and then help protect those songs.

Our dad spent his life writing music — that is his legacy to us all — he wrote from his heart and was a brilliant songwriter, arranger, producer and one-of-a-kind vocalist.  If he were alive today, we feel he would embrace the technology available to artists and the diverse music choices and spaces accessible to fans who can stream a song at a moment’s notice. But we also know he would be vigilant about safeguarding the artist’s rights; a sacred devotion to not only the artist, but key in encouraging and supporting innovation. He also gave credit where credit is due.

Howard King, the attorney for Mr. Thicke and Mr. Williams stated after the verdict:  “We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn’t stand. My clients know they wrote the song ‘Blurred Lines’ from their heart and souls and no other source.”

We never for a minute suggested that Mr. Thicke and Mr. Williams’ hearts weren’t in it.  But a jury of eight men and women have ruled that the source for “Blurred Lines” was the song “Got to Give It Up,” a song our dad wrote from his heart, and delivered to the world with pure joy.

With the digital age upon us, the threat of greater infringement looms for every artist.  It is our wish that our dad’s legacy — and all great music, past, present and future — be enjoyed and protected, with the knowledge that adhering to copyright standards assures our musical treasures will always be valued.

And finally, we want to put to rest any rumors that we are contemplating claims against Pharrell Williams for his song, “Happy.”  This is 100 percent false.  We have absolutely no claim whatsoever concerning “Happy.”

Love and Respect,

Nona, Frankie and Marvin III

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Janis Gaye: Family has no plan to sue over ‘Happy’

Susan Whitall, The Detroit News

As far as those reports about Marvin Gaye’s family intending to sue Pharrell Williams over his Grammy-winning song “Happy,” believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.

After Tuesday’s decision by a federal jury in Los Angeles that the Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams song “Blurred Lines” infringed upon Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up,” a reporter asked if the family thought “Happy” sounded like Gaye’s 1965 song “Ain’t That Peculiar.”

Still emotional over the verdict, the Motown legend’s daughter, Nona, and ex-wife Janis Gaye agreed when asked if they heard similarities between the two songs.

However, no legal action is planned against Williams, insisted Janis Gaye.

“We’re not contemplating any claims against Pharrell and ‘Happy’ at all,” she said in a telephone interview Friday with The Detroit News. “None. I can’t think of anything that could be further from the truth.

“We’re just content with the fact that eight jurors felt the same way that we did, that there were substantial similarities (between “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give it Up”), and that we won the case. We’re happy that Marvin’s legacy has been protected.”

Reportedly Williams and Thicke will appeal the $7.4 million “Blurred Lines” verdict.

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