When some people have a good year, they have a really good year. That’s the case for singer Robin Thicke, who had one of the biggest hits of this or any recent year we can think of with “Blurred Lines.” Whether it was the naked uncut version of the video (the models were topless, not Robin) or the catchy chorus, the songs propelled Thicke into a place he’s never been – to the pop charts. He jokes “Even white people are liking me now.”
Not only is he hot on the charts, his overall profile has ramped up with his controversial appearance on the MTV Video Awards where Miley Cyrus did her part to make twerking reach critical mass. Oh, and his wife, Paula Patton, who starred in the rom-com “Baggage Claim” says yeah, he’s not just bragging on a song – “thicke” is an apt description of what he’s working with.
When asked by the Tom Joyner Morning Show if he can ever top “Blurred Lines,” Thicke told them, “If I don’t, I’ll still be OK.”
Yes, it’s good to be Robin Thicke these days. But he’s hardly an overnight success. The 37-year-old singer/songwriter was once struggling to make a name for himself and when he did, it was as a soul singer. His first ever single “When I Get You Alone” was a modest hit in 2002, but hardly the breakthrough the young artist wanted. But the second single from his second album, 2005’s “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” proved to be the right record.
“Lost Without You” with its video starring Patton was Thicke’s breakout hit, establishing him as a blue-eyed soul artist and setting up his popularity among Black audiences. He embraced the support but says this go-round he thought he might have a shot at the pop charts.
“I had a good feeling because I haven’t made many crossover records to pop radio, so I did have a feeling it had a chance to do well on pop radio. But you can never imagine this type of success.”
Controversy over producer Pharell Williams paying “tribute” to Marvin Gaye’s classic “Got to Give It Up” and subsequent lawsuit in the works haven’t dimmed the song’s popularity. A now famous MTV Awards show appearance with former Disney star Miley Cyrus upped Thicke’s public profile all the way to an appearance on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” where Thicke laughed off the critics.
“We knew what we were getting ourselves into,” he told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “It’s the MTV Awards, it’s the place where Madonna humped a stage dressed like a virgin. This is the place to do the craziest things possible. We knew what we were getting into. We had a great time.”
Thicke’s success means he won’t be returning to BET’s reality TV satire “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” He had to leave because his day job kept getting in the way, but says he wishes the fellas nothing but the best.
“We all knew what we were doing and it was all based in fun. The way guys are – the way guys can make fun of each other and still be best friends afterwards, that’s just how we were. I really loved doing the first season. Kevin is one of my best buddies but “Blurred Lines” was starting to take off and I can’t even be there. It was a great opportunity and we had a great time but my time has passed.”
White Artists We Could Have Sworn Were Black
1. Daley is 24 years-old and is on his way to redefining the way R&B/Soul not only looks but sounds and feels.1 of 15
2. Teena Marie's range and classic R&B hits often made people question her ethnicity. (Retna)2 of 15
3. Michael McDonald surprised alot of people when they found out who was singing the hit "I Keep Forgetting."(PrPhotos)3 of 15
4. If you listened to singer Allen Stone's music you wouldn't know he is a blonde, blue-eyed hippie.4 of 15
5. Late Singer Amy Winehouse's soulful, unique voice often had her mistaken for a black, blues singer. (PrPhotos)5 of 15
6. R&B star Robin Thicke's sweet, falsetto is commonly mistaken for a black soul artist.(PrPhotos)6 of 15
7. Superstar Christina Aguilera is often tapped to do tribute's to the greatest black superstars, and kills it.(PrPhotos)7 of 15
8. Hall and Oates, the popular duo had many people believing they were black due to their Philly style of music.8 of 15
9. When Justin Timberlake went solo,lots of people were googling who this new R&B artist was, to find it was him. (Prphotos)9 of 15
10. When soul singer Joss Stone first appeared on the scene, many were surprised to find out she's not black.(Pr)10 of 15
11. It's hard to believe the singer of the soulful "What You Won't Do For Love" Bobby Caldwell is a skinny, white guy.11 of 15
12. Fergie jumped on the scene with Hip-Hop group the Black Eyed Peas and held her own in the R&B genre. (PrPhotos)12 of 15
13. Jojo, the "Leave Get Out" singer was commonly mistaken for a black artist before learning she's white. (PrPhotos)13 of 15
14. Adele tore up the airwaves this past year, often being compared to Soul Legends for her voice. (PrPhotos)14 of 15
15. Phoebe Snow another artist with a lot of soul who most thought was at least part black. (PR)15 of 15