Keith Urban celebrated his latest #1 hit, “Somewhere in My Car,” with a party at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. The event featured Keith performing the song on the piano accompanied by a three-piece string section, and Keith’s wife, Nicole Kidman, was in the crowd among the music industry insiders.
“Somewhere in My Car” is the third #1 hit from Keith’s gold-selling album, Fuse. He thinks fans related to the song’s honest lyrics about remembering an old love.
Says Keith, “I always think the reason, firstly, is people relate to the story of that kind of painful, somewhat pathetic reminiscing — desperate, you know, that you can’t help yourself but sort of replay those memories over and over even though you know it’s never coming back.”
Before the party started, Keith spoke with reporters on several topics, including his thoughts on the verdict against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams saying they copied Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up” for their 2013 hit, “Blurred Lines.” Keith is something of a music historian, and he’s shocked the jury decided against Robin and Pharrell. Keith feels Robin and Pharrell only recreated the feel of “Got to Give It Up,” which is similar to what Marvin did when he first wrote and recorded the song in the first place.
“I’m more interested in the fact why Art Stewart, who produced ['Got to Give It Up'], hasn’t been brought into the conversation as far as the way in which he put players together to create the sound, which was taken from another song called ‘Disco Lady,’” Keith explains. “Marvin literally heard that song, and Motown were asking him to make something a little more disco-sounding. He got the guy who produced that song by that artist to come and emulate a similar atmosphere in the studio.”
Keith goes on to say he believes the court is forcing Robin and Pharrell to pay more than $7 million to Marvin Gaye’s family for doing something Marvin basically did himself.
He adds, “I don’t know how much of a precedent this particular case is gonna set. I don’t know.”
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