According to the Hollywood Reporter, it was revealed during the Blurred Lines trial recently that the song made a whopping $16,675,690 in profits, with $5,658,214 going to Robin, $5,153,457 to Pharrell and $704,774 to T.I. The record companies (Interscope, UMG Distribution and Star Trak) took home the rest.
A Universal Music exec testifying, "overhead costs on the creation of "Blurred Lines" accounted for $6.9 million," the mag reported. It was also disclosed Pharrell received $4.3 million in publishing royalties and $860,000 in producer royalties, and Robin made a reported $11 million in touring money from the song.
The high profile case resulted after Marvin Gaye's family sued the trio alleging they are entitled to a big part of that money due to alleged copyright infringement of the late singer's song "Got to Give it Up." They're also seeking 50 percent of the total publishing revenue (a little over $8 million) and actual damages to compensate for supposedly licensing "Got to Give It Up" to the tune of about $40 million.
In addition to that allegation, there's also a second song in play at the trial – Robin's "Love After War," which the family is claiming "misappropriated" Marvin's "After the Dance." "Love After War" brought in $895,374 in profits.