Pharrell Williams 'embarrassed' by his 'chauvinist' old songs

2019-10-15 14:07

Cape Town - Pharrell Williams is "embarrassed" by his "chauvinist" old music and wouldn't perform the songs again.

In a new interview with GQ Magazine, the 46-year-old producer says he learned a lot from the backlash to his, and Robin Thicke's 2013 collaboration Blurred Lines as it "blew [his] mind" that some of his lyrics could be regarded as derogatory towards women and the controversy completely changed his attitude.

He explained: "I was also born in a different era, where the rules of the matrix at that time allowed a lot of things that would never fly today. Advertisements that objectify women. Song content. Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place."

Back in 2015, a US jury ruled that pop stars Robin and Pharrell had to pay more than $7m in damages to Marvin Gaye's family. 

Why? Because according to their ruling the pair copied the late artist's music in writing the the 2013 mega-hit.

The eight-member California panel found that the pop stars lifted parts of Gaye's 1977 hit Got to Give It Up.

Compiled by Alex Isaacs. Sources: GQ Magazine, Bang Showbiz, Channel24

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