They divorced when he was seven. As a child, Thicke's parents were supportive of his musical inclinations; his father helped him to write and structure his first songs. In , Thicke co-wrote the song " Fall Again " with Walter Afanasieff , which was intended to be a track on Michael Jackson's album Invincible , but it failed to be presented as a completed song. The demo Michael recorded in was released on November 16, as an album track of his limited edition box set The Ultimate Collection.
He would continue to do so until Career[ edit ] — A Beautiful World and early success[ edit ] At the age of 22, after an involvement with Tommy Mottola and Epic Records following the end of his first deal with Interscope, Thicke resolved himself to work chiefly on material for his debut album, initially titled Cherry Blue Skies, planning to use his own money to fund the project.
Despite the release of a second single, "Brand New Jones", the album received very little promotion and debuted at number on the Billboard albums chart,  selling , copies as of January, Blige, Usher, and Lil' Wayne, among others, as those who subsequently reached out to him. Lewis has often put Robin Thicke in his list of musical influences in interviews and on the American Idol website. The Evolution of Robin Thicke and commercial breakthrough[ edit ] Following A Beautiful World, Thicke was keen to begin work on his sophomore album but financial and creative disagreements stemming from the performance of his first album led to a several month-long stalemate between Robin and his record label.
It became a question of, 'Where does he fit? Is he not rock or pop enough? Is he not soul enough? In , a remix version of the song was filmed with rapper Busta Rhymes. To promote the album, Thicke toured with India. Arie and then opened for John Legend in late Oprah explained, "So what I wanted to do was to accommodate all of the people who missed it the first time In order to do that, I had to do something I've never done before. I got on the phone and asked this very special guest if he would consider coming back.
Seven months after the release of Something Else, Billboard. But with this album I also wanted to show my hip hop side. A and Biggie and Pac and Jay-Z So I really wanted to make a record that represented how much that music has influenced me. He also pointed out that he was featured on Lil Wayne's last two albums, and Lil Wayne was on his last two albums.
As of October , the album has sold , copies in the United States. Help For Haiti telethon concert, held in response to the Haiti earthquake. In an interview to promote the album, Thicke has stated that a lot of the inspiration for the album came from his family. The music video for the song premiered November 21, The music video features his wife Paula Patton and consists of Thicke making up with his wife after a fight.
The music video for that premiered on March 2, The music video premiered on June 7, on " Vevo ". The premier episode drew in 7 million viewers. The video, featuring models Emily Ratajkowski , Jessi M'Bengue, and Elle Evans , was released on March 20, and garnered more than 1 million views in days after release on Vevo.
Thicke said he had received the approval of his wife Paula Patton before shooting the video. Thicke was unable to rejoin the cast for the shooting of the second season, opting instead to focus on his music. According to Thicke, "Once the song started to take off, and all this momentum was happening, and [Real Husbands of Hollywood] needed me for all eight weeks, I couldn't finish the album and promote the single and go over seas and do all these other things I wanted to do.
I've realized as I've gotten older that we all think we're living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right in between those straight lines.
And everything you thought you knew, the older you get, you realize, 'Damn, I don't know nothing about this. I better pay attention, I better listen and keep learning. I think I took myself very seriously as an artist and I wanted to be like Marvin Gaye , and John Lennon and Bob Marley and these great artists and songwriters that sang about love and sang about relationships," Robin explained.
The new album Blurred Lines was released on July 30, I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women. Paula and Morning Sun[ edit ] Thicke performing in In June , Thicke announced that his next album would be called Paula , dedicated to his estranged wife, Paula Patton.
The lead single " Get Her Back " was released on May 19, The tag was quickly overrun by people protesting against his lyrics criticized as misogynistic, his lifestyle choices and other detractors leading to what The Guardian called "an epic PR fail". I would have given it away.