Marvin Gaye’s family won over $7 million thanks to the lawsuit against Pharell, Robin Thick and the song “Blurred Lines.” But that’s not the only payday Gaye is posthumously seeing — thanks to the publicity, sales for his song “Got to Give It Up” have increased by 246%. The song has been downloaded 10,000 times and has made it back on the Billboard charts. And that’s not all.
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.
Just goes to show you there’s nothing like the vastly less rapey original.