Robin Thicke Reaches No. 1 on Billboard Album ChartsBy: Emily Greene - August 7, 2013
There is nothing blurry about Robin Thicke’s recent success. For the first time in his career, Thicke’s recent album release, “Blurred Lines,” has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart. After being released on July 30, the album has already sold 177,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2013 has seemed to be Thicke’s best year, due in part to his smash hit, the album’s title track, “Blurred Lines,” which features T.I. and Pharrell. The song is still holding strong on the charts, spending it’s ninth week as No. 1. And it’s breaking some records too.
The song has earned the top Gainer award on all three charts: Radio, Digital, and Streaming Songs. “Blurred Lines” is in the lead of the Radio Songs chart for a fifth week, the Digital Songs chart for a ninth week, and is back to the top spot of the Streaming Songs chart this week. The song also earned the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer honor for the tenth consecutive week.
After 4.27 million downloads, the song is now the second best selling song of the year.
Thicke has also found success with the title track in the U.K., reaching No.1 in early June.
In April 2003, Thicke released his first album, “A Beautiful World.” It only spent one week on the Billboard charts at no. 152.
The title track has also gotten some flack. First for it’s original video, with ladies spending most of their time clad in only nude underwear and shoes or skates. Secondly, some said the song was about rape. One blogger spoke out in April, referring to the line, “I know you want it,” and saying, “Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity.”
If you’ve been living under a rock or spending your life as a hermit since late 2012, here’s the rated version of the video for “Blurred Lines,” the song of Summer 2013.