Do you agree with the “Blurred Lines” verdict?

The jury has spoken! If you haven’t heard, a lawsuit recently found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement, as their hit song “Blurred Lines” has proven to be too similar in composition to Marvin Gaye’s classic 1977 song “Got To Give It Up”.

The results of this lawsuit sparked interest in the music world, of course because of the popularity of each song, but also because there are believers that Thicke and Williams aren’t guilty of any wrongdoing. They’ve argued that the similarities between the songs are on a R&B genre and style level, not on a composition level—but the jury thinks otherwise.

Thicke and Williams have to pay $7.4M to the Gaye family as a result of the lawsuit. But now, the Gayes also want a federal judge to prohibit all future sales, distribution and performances of “Blurred Lines”.

Marvin Gaye’s children, Nona, Frankie, and Marvin III, published an open letter explaining their reasoning. It’s a very interesting read in terms of understanding what happened with the lawsuit, since Thicke and Williams were actually the ones who brought the Gaye family to court.

The open letter has heavy meaning in terms of creating music in the future. If the results of this lawsuit will be applied to all future music creation, then musicians who try to emulate a style connected to a certain genre or time period will be in trouble. Take reggae for example—almost all reggae songs use similar stylistic elements and lyrics that fit them into the reggae genre. The Sleng Teng Riddim, for example, has been used at least 380 times in different songs.

Do you agree with the “Blurred Lines” verdict, which found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement? Vote below! Add your comments too!

Voter Lookup

Howdy Murfie friends,

Election Day is tomorrow, and we encourage all of you to get up and use your right to vote! This tool will give you access to local info about voting, like where to go, what’s on your ballot, and more:

Make your choice and let your voice be heard. Be sure to vote!

Cheers,
The crew at Murfie

Creative Cover Caption Contest

Let’s have some fun celebrating the new Murfie + VOCO partnership! You have a chance to win VOCO devices, Murfie HiFi, VOCO credit, Murfie credit, and more in our Creative Cover Caption Contest!

The contest will have 12 winners—meaning you have 12x a greater chance at grabbing great goodies!

CONTEST DETAILS

Step 1 of 3. Pick any album cover on Murfie and think of a creative caption. It can be funny, clever, socially relevant, interesting—anything you like!

Step 2 of 3. Share your caption, the hashtag #MurfieVOCO, and the Murfie album page link on Facebook and/or Twitter.
If your Facebook account is private: Copy and paste the Murfie album page link in a Facebook post and change the post privacy settings to “public”.
If your Facebook (or Twitter) account is publicly viewable:  You can hit the social sharing buttons right on the Murfie album page!

Step 3 of 3. Double-check that your caption, the album link, and #MurfieVOCO are all included so we can see your entry!

The deadline to get your captions out there is August 22nd at noon ET!

We’ll pick our favorite entries, which will then move to a final round of voting. We’ll let you know if you’re a finalist by responding to your post on Facebook, or by tweeting at you! We’ll include a link with instructions about how to rally for votes from your friends and fam in the final round.

Here are some examples of captions:

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

PLEASE NOTE

  • In order for us to see your entries, you’ll have to be certain that:
    – Your Facebook post is publicly visible.
    – Your Twitter account is publicly visible.
  • You’re only required to share your caption once, on your choice of Facebook or Twitter—although you’re more than welcome to share on both platforms, which will only increase your visibility!
  • Be sure your caption won’t offend anyone.
  • The contest is for US residents only.
  • Album art may not be altered in any way.
  • Go ahead and submit a few different album captions!
  • Murfie and NAVVO staffers (and their family members) can enter for fun, but they will not be able to move to the final round!

Enough details—let’s talk PRIZES!

There will be 12 winners. Finalists must rally for the most votes to win the best stuff! Here’s what you can win:

1. VOCO VSPOT + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $100 Murfie store Credit
2. VOCO VSPOT + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
3. VOCO VZONEplus + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $50 Murfie store Credit
4. VOCO VZONEplus + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
5. VOCO VZONE + 1 year of Murfie HiFi + $25 Murfie store Credit
6. VOCO VZONE + 1 year of Murfie HiFi
7. $100 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $25 Murfie store Credit
8. $50 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $20 Murfie store Credit
9. $25 VOCO store Credit + 6 months of Murfie Gold or HiFi + $15 Murfie store Credit
10. 1 year of Murfie HiFi
11. $50 Murfie store Credit
12. 1 year of Murfie Gold

Give us a holler at info@murfie.com if you have any questions. The deadline to get your captions out there is August 22nd at noon ET!

G’luck, friends—now make those captions!

Murfie Staffers = Awards FINALISTS! (Time for us to show off a lot.)

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Hopefully you caught our last article about all the fabulously talented staffers here at Murfie who held nominations for the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs)! If not, here’s a refresher: [March 9th article]

Well, the votes have been counted…and the FINAL nominees for the 2013 MAMAs have been announced!!! Congrats to these Murfie staffers who have made it to the final round:

Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps – Best Jazz Album (Registers Her Delight) & Best Jazz Performer
Live on U Dub – Various Artists – Best Compilation Album
Kayla Kush – Best DJ
Corey Murphy – Best Brass Instrumentalist

First of all, Woo-hoooooo!

Secondly, here’s one last round of voting to participate in—and thanks so much to everyone who voted last time! To vote in the final round, you can check out The Madison Area Music Association’s website, www.themamas.org. Voting ends on May 17th. The MAMAs exist not only to celebrate Madison’s local music scene, but also to raise funds for youth music programs in the area. How sweet is that?!

Good luck, Murfie staffers! We’re looking forward to the awards show on June 23rd at The Capitol Theater in Madison!

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Murfie staffers = Award nominees! (Time for us to show off a bit.)

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I bet you’re not surprised to hear that a few Murfie folks have been nominated for Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs) this year! Of course, we want to spread the word about voting, and give a shout out to all of our nominated Murfie peeps!

Mine All Mine Records – best local music publication/blog
“Live on U Dub” – best compilation album & best world album
DJ Kayla Kush – best DJ
Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps – best unique song (Brachiosaurus Boogie)/ best Jazz performer
Pat Reinholz – best strings performer
Corey Murphy – best brass player
Ben Willis – best bassist

 
This round of voting ends on March 15th, and you can register to vote at http://www.themamas.org/. There’s lots of great bands in the mix, and a lot of people you’ll recognize—even a lot of our podcast guests! The Madison Area Music Association puts on this event every year to raise money for youth music programs, and the yearly award show is way fun! On Sunday, June 23rd, winners will be announced during the awards show at The Capitol Theater in Madison.

There’s some serious finger-crossing going on here at the office!

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Popularity Contest: Murfie Downloads or Streaming?

Let’s get one thing straight. I’m not trying to imply that one is objectively better than the other. I’m humbly venturing to gather intel (mind you, informal intel) on music delivery preferences and whether downloading OR streaming is more “popular” as a playback choice on Murfie.

Now, your exact preference is probably a result of many factors (specific to your lifestyle). Here at Murfie, we’d sure lurve if you shared some of those reasons in the comments section. But first, do the easy part — take the poll, please!

When I Say Election, You Say…

Election Day 2012 is finally upon us. It’s been a long—really long—campaign, but the day has come to make your presidential choice. You can look up your polling place here.

At Murfie HQ, we’re not here to sway your vote. Rather, we’re here to sway your person into rhythm and movement. (I wanna dance!) For that reason, I’ve put together a selection of Election Day inspired albums, handpicked by the crew at Murfie.

Here’s what Murfie is listening to today…

Bedtime for Democracy – Dead Kennedys (Jason)

This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan (Jon)

Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color – Brother Ali (Shawn B.)

Pretty Hate Machine – Nine Inch Nails (Preston)

America – Boston Pops Orchestra (Glynnis)

Classic Protest Songs – Smithsonian Folkways (Daniella)

OK Computer – Radiohead (Jeff)

Elephunk – The Black Eyed Peas (Shawn L.)

Unleashed – Toby Keith (Steve)