On June 29, on the heels of his BET Awards performance, Thicke debuted the lyric video for his new single “Morning Sun”, on Vevo followed by the official release of the single on June 30. “Morning Sun” rose to the number 4 position on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart becoming Thicke’s 11th top 10 hit on Urban AC radio. On March 26, 2013, Thicke released “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. And Pharrell as the lead single to his sixth studio album, also titled Blurred Lines.
On April 19, 2007, Thicke performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, singing “Lost Without U”. He returned to the show a month later, on May 29, performing “Complicated” and Oprah’s favorite song from the album, “Would That Make U Love Me”, while also promoting Beyoncé’s tour, on which he would be an opening act. Oprah revealed that Thicke’s initial appearance garnered a strong reaction, noting that people called the show to say that they didn’t know he would be on. 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.” Runner-up Blake Lewis performed “When I Get You Alone” during the 2007 season of American Idol when the Top 3 chose a song to sing. Lewis has often put Robin Thicke in his list of musical influences in interviews and on the American Idol website.
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The star tagged his new wife in the photo as well as his former brother-in-law Hiram Garcia, who heads up the production company founded by Johnson and his ex-wife, Dany Garcia. Make sure you keep her around becuase everyone needs a guardian angel. After Blurred Lines’ success, the heirs of singer Marvin Gaye sued Thicke and Pharrell Williams claiming the song was a plagiarism of Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up”. District Judge John Kronstadt reduced the sum to $5.3 million, while adding royalties. Thicke was present for Usher’s engagement to Tameka Foster, serenading the couple with his song “The Stupid Things” as Usher proposed among family and friends. In February 2014, Thicke collaborated with DJ Cassidy and British singer Jessie J to record Calling All Hearts.
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Despite the release of a second single, “Brand New Jones”, the album received very little promotion and debuted at number 152 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 119,000 copies as of January, 2012. A Beautiful World fell below the label’s commercial expectations. The album’s under-performance troubled Thicke personally, but it proved enough to make him a wanted collaborator. Thicke has cited Mary J. Blige, Usher, and Lil’ Wayne, among others, as those who subsequently reached out to him.Reflecting on A Beautiful World in 2013, Usher stated to The New York Times, “I was blown away — I thought Beatles, Earth Wind & Fire, Shuggie Otis, Marvin Gaye — all in one album. [Robin’s] got a soul you can’t buy, man.”
His demo made its way to R&B singer Brian McKnight, who was impressed enough by Thicke to invite him into the studio to work with him. Thicke was signed to McKnight’s production company; “Anyway”, a song co-written with Thicke, was featured on McKnight’s second album I Remember You. It was Thicke’s association with McKnight, who Thicke counts as one of his first mentors, that led him to his acquaintance with Jimmy Iovine and helped him to land his first recording contract with Interscope Records at the age of 16. Thicke later joined a hip hop duo with future Beverly Hills actor Brian Austin Green. Following the release of Paula, Thicke spent several months largely away from media appearances and performing in order to focus on his personal life and to work on new music. Thicke returned to the spotlight at the BET Awards 2015 to sing the classic Smokey Robinson and The Miracles hit “Ooo Baby Baby” in tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Smokey Robinson and joined Robinson on stage for a group rendition of “My Girl” alongside Tori Kelly and Ne-Yo.
As of April 2009, Something Else has shifted over 435,000 units in the U.S. Thicke’s parents were supportive of his musical inclinations; his father helped him to write and structure his first songs. According to Robin Thicke, his father would not pay for him and his vocal group, As One, to record a professionally produced demo tape, wanting Robin to focus on his studies and graduate from school before committing to the pursuit of a career in music. The demo ultimately was paid for by jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, an uncle of one of the group members.
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. On August 25, at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” with Miley Cyrus, who is twerking on stage, followed by “Give It 2 U” with 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. The performance drew negative reactions for its alleged raunchiness, sexism, racism, slut-shaming, and cultural appropriation. It became the most tweeted about event in history, with Twitter users generating 360,000 tweets about the event per minute; breaking the previous record held by Beyoncé’s Super Bowl XLVII halftime show performance six months earlier. In early 2013, Thicke starred as a fictionalized version of himself alongside Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Nelly, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, Nick Cannon, and Cynthia McWilliams in the first season of BET’s hit show Real Husbands of Hollywood. Thicke was unable to rejoin the cast for the shooting of the second season, opting instead to focus on his music.