After Marvin Gaye’s family was granted $7.3 million for copyright infringement in the “Blurred Lines”/ “Got to Give It Up” trial, another positive outcome for Gaye has come from the verdict: a 246% increase in sales.
In the week following the court’s decision, “Got to Give It Up (Pt. 1)” sold 10,000 downloads – the song’s largest digital sales week ever, re-entering at No. 18 on the R&B Digital Songs chart.
Gaye’s greatest hits album Number 1’s also debuted on the charts this week at No. 175 on the Billboard 200 with 4,000 units sold. Not surprisingly, more than half of its points were earned from track equivalent albums, stemming from the sales of “Got to Give It Up (Pt. 1).” This marks Gaye’s first new entry onto the Billboard 200 in over a decade, since The Very Best of Marvin Gaye was charted in August of 2001.
In addition, two versions of “Got to Give It Up” are on the Top 100 of iTunes’ R&B/Soul chart, as well as four other singles spread among the Top 200.
This sales boost comes around the same time that Gaye’s family asked to halt all sales of “Blurred Lines.” No further action has been reported based on their request.
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