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A jury in Los Angeles has found that Robin Thicke‘s 2013 smash “Blurred Lines” improperly borrowed from Marvin Gaye‘s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up,” awarding the Gaye family $7.4 million. But even before the verdict, the trial seemed to be paying off with the media attention apparently having a positive effect on sales of Gaye’s tune.

According to Nielsen Music, sales of “Got to Give It Up” were up 94 percent during the first week of the trial in comparison to the previous week. The track racked up 2,400 digital sales during the week ending on March 1, while it sold about 1,300 digital copies the week before.

This is not the first time the controversy over “Blurred Lines” alleged similarity to “Got to Give It Up” contributed to a sales boost for the latter tune. In late August 2013, after Thicke filed a preemptive suit against Gaye’s family, “Got to Give It Up” experienced its best-ever week for digital sales, with 6,300 downloads sold.

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