Poor Robin Thicke. The 38-year-old singer sure has had a string of bad luck since riding high in 2013. His wife divorced him, his last album, Paula, bombed big time selling only 24,000 and 530 copies in the first week of release in the US and UK respectively. Now, comes this latest setback.
The jury from the highly-publicized “Blurred Lines” lawsuit has reached a verdict. Sadly, for Thicke and Pharrell Williams, it’s not in their favor.
The eight jurors ordered them to pay $7.3 million for copyright infringement to Marvin Gaye’s family who were initially seeking $25 million in damages. Reportedly, “Blurred Lines” has made almost $16.5 million since its release.
Williams obviously denied copying “Got To Give It Up,” but after hearing the two bass lines he said, “It sounds like you’re playing the same thing.”
The judgement sets a record high for copyright infringement. Michael Bolton previously held the dishonorable title for using elements of the Isley Brothers’ “Love Is a Wonderful Thing” for his “Love Is a Wonderful Thing.” For that faux pas, he had to shell out $5.4 million. Read Thicke and Williams’ official statement below. Naturally, they’ll most likely file an appeal.
“Blurred Lines” was such a huge hit, Robin Thicke will most likely never match its success. At least on this album he won’t. The follow-up, “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar, was actually pretty good but didn’t even crack the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Hit latest will probably suffer a similar fate, if not worse. Thicke is the victim of his own success.
“Feel Good” finds Robin joined by a bevy of women once again. However this time they’re fully-clothed, albeit dressed in Las Vegas-looking attire, but at least not bouncing around with their titties out. Progress I guess ;) While a decent album filler, I’m surprised he chose the will.i.am-penned track to release next. With a North American tour in February, he’ll need another radio hit to support it. Sadly, “Feel Good” just isn’t it IMHO. There are far more superior tracks on the LP. Check out the video below.
I don’t know about you, but I feel Shazam is probably one of the best apps ever created. There is nothing more frustrating than hearing a song but not being able to remember the title or artist. Even worse, if you hear it on your favorite TV show and rack your brain trying to figure it out, but still come up empty-handed. Honestly, Shazam has saved me numerous headaches. I also love using it as a makeshift to-download list for songs I need to purchase. The service has been partially credited for Icona Pop’s success. Their hit “I Love It” went on to be Shazamed more than two millions times in the US after appearing on Girls.
In the past several years, Shazam’s activity has increased at an astronomical rate. In 2011, Adele was tops with 4 million Shazams. In 2012, five artists achieved more than five million tags. This year, 43 artists have achieved more than five million Shazams. The popular music tagging service revealed their annual list of most popular tags. Check out the lists below and see if your tagging contributed to the totals.
Mariah & Whitney. Celine & Barbra. Britney & Rihanna. Those pairings have given us some pretty great duets. Now, we can add Robin Thicke and Will Ferrell to that group ;) Okay not really, but it’s a fun listen nonetheless.
Ferrell in his Ron Burgundy alter ego delivers spoken word as Thicke taps into his upper register to cover Christopher Cross’ classic “Ride Like The Wind.” The collaboration is for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues which opens December 18.
Word on the street suggests an accompanying music video is also in the works. I can’t wait. Should be an equally fun ride. As an aside, I have to give Robin props. His parts sound fantastic. A solo version could’ve easily fit in on his current studio album. Check out the duet below.
Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.
VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.
The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.
There’s just no stopping him. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” clocks in another week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The monster hit rules for a 12th week joining an elite group of 14 songs to spend at least twelve weeks as No. 1. If “Lines” can keep its grasp on the pole position for four more weeks, it could tie Mariah Carey and Boyz II Mens’ epic duet, “One Sweet Day,” as the longest-running chart-topper.
Holding steady at No. 2 is “Roar” by Katy Perry. With “Lines” slowly eroding in airplay, Perry could unseat him in the coming weeks. On the flip side, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” rises from 6-4 on the strength of the accompanying music video. Streaming on YouTube, Vevo and other online sites now factor with chart placement. Sandwiched in between the two ladies is Thicke’s VMAs duet partner Miley Cyrus with her hit, “We Can’t Stop.”
With the countless parodies, it’s looking an awful like “Blurred Lines” is this year’s “Call Me Maybe.” Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Year-End chart, but if Robin Thicke’s streak continues, he could have the biggest song of 2013 when the publication does their year end tally.
The 36-year-old blue-eyed soul singer sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week. “Blurred Lines” is now officially the longest-running chart-topper of 2013. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” previously held that title with six nonconsecutive weeks on top. Congrats to Thicke.
As mentioned previously, there have been numerous parodies using Thicke’s monster hit. From a mashup featuring his dad Alan Thicke’s 80s sitcom Growing Pains to a clip that just went viral featuring Bill Clinton reciting the song’s lyrics, practically everyone is jumping on the “Blurred Lines” bandwagon. Check out a few below.
Robin Thicke’s sixth studio album Blurred Lines is already out in several international markets but doesn’t get an official release in Canada and the US until July 30. In anticipation of its North American release, Thicke has been previewing several tracks the past couple weeks. His latest to debut online is “Go Stupid 4 U.” It’s not the strongest cut off the album IMHO, but the mid-tempo track is a nice change of pace from his other club-targeted tracks. Check it out below, along with a few favorites including “Give It 2 U” and “For The Rest of My Life.”