The custody war continues.
Amidst a bitter custody battle over their 6-year-old son Julian, Robin Thicke has allegedly been landed with a temporary restraining order against him over accusations that he was physically and emotionally abusive to both the boy and his ex-wife Paula Patton during their relationship.
Has Robin Thicke temporarily lost custody of his son?
The couple were in court yesterday (January 26th 2017) with each seeking sole custody of Julian. Following Paula's allegations of domestic violence, TMZ have now reported that he has been told to stay away from the actress and their son at this moment in time.
Continue reading: Has Robin Thicke Been Told To Stay Away From Paula Patton?
Thicke played patriarch Dr Jason Seaver in the sitcom from 1985 to 1992.
Actor Alan Thicke has died suddenly aged 69, after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday.
Thicke was best known for his role as Dr Jason Seaver in sitcom ‘Growing Pains’ and had also appeared on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and more recently Netflix's ‘Fuller House’.
Actor Alan Thicke (pictured with wife Tanya) has died aged 69
Continue reading: 'Growing Pains' Actor Alan Thicke Dies Aged 69
Thicke and Pharrell were ordered to pay $5.3 million in March 2015 to Marvin Gaye's family after 'Blurred Lines' was found to have copied elements of 'Got To Give It Up'.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have launched an appeal against the landmark court ruling that awarded more than $5 million to the family of Marvin Gaye after it was found that their 2013 smash hit ‘Blurred Lines’ had copied elements of ‘Got To Give It Up’.
Lawyers for Thicke, as well as collaborators Pharrell and rapper TI, filed an opening brief with the ninth circuit court of appeals on Wednesday (August 24th), arguing as their opening statement: “if left to stand, the ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict would chill musical creativity and inhibit the process by which later artists draw inspiration from earlier artists to create new popular music”.
Robin Thicke is appealing against the 'Blurred Lines' decision
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Launches Appeal Against 'Blurred Lines' Copyright Decision
The man is everywhere these days. Look out for "Gust of Wind" in November.
I love Pharrell almost as much as I love that giant mushroom hat and after he produced the biggest hits of 2013 AND 2014, it’s likely that you do too. The multi-talented producer/rapper/musician/songwriter/mogul capped off his UK spree with a tell-all interview with The Independent, which basically covered everything from Robin Thicke to the aforementioned hat. The latter is apparently a a vertiginous version of an old Vivienne Westwood design. After it made its debut at the Grammys in January, it’s definitely earned the title of Hat of the Year.
Pharrell - and his hat - in concert.
Robin Thicke concedes that he wrote almost none of 'Blurred Lines' and that his claims otherwise were down to drugs and alcohol.
Robin Thicke says he was "high and drunk" during every interview he gave in 2013 and concedes that he had almost no hand in writing the smash hit single 'Blurred Lines', despite receiving around 20% of the royalties.
Robin Thicke has almost no hand in writing 'Blurred Lines'
Thicke, who has suffered a monumental fall from grace, has originally claimed he had co-written the song with Pharrell Williams but when testifying under oath as part of a plagiarism lawsuit, Thicke insisted Williams "geniused the whole [song]"
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Lied About Writing 'Blurred Lines', "I Was High And Drunk"
No "Blurred Lines" on this one - Thicke and Patton are putting an end to their life together.
Another nail in the coffin of Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s relationship – the former couple are selling the family home in Bel Air. According to those real estate sleuths at TMZ, the house went up for sale on Monday, with an asking price of almost $3 million. Thicke could probably use the money, after his most recent album – a reunion plea titled Paula sold abysmal numbers – 530 copies in the UK and just 54 in Australia. At least the couple will get back their investment – the final solace of the divorced couple.
Robin Thicke's most recent plea to Paula Patton failed on all counts.
Although apparently it wasn’t actually the couple’s investment. Thicke’s father purchased the house back in 1990 for a measly $910,000. The pad includes a recording studio where Robin may have worked on songs like Blurred Lines, Lost Without You, and Get Her Back – all of which sounds like the universe is playing a bad joke on the singer.
The 37 year-old singer reached so many career highs in 2013, but his newfound fame status was hard to handle: "You don't know how to juggle it, you know. And all of a sudden, the balls are all over the floor."
2013 was the year Robin Thicke finally became a huge name in the music industry, but along with his rise to stardom was a huge amount of criticism.
The 37 year-old singer dominated the charts last year with one hit song, 'Blurred Lines,' but along with the suggestive lyrics and raunchy music video, he was subjected to harsh backlash from the public.
To further tarnish his image, Thicke also caused controversy when performing at the 2013 MTV VMA's with Miley Cyrus, which saw the 21 year-old singer bent over, grinding on his groin in a very proactive manner.
Continue reading: Robin Thicke "Needed To Be Humbled" After Success And Criticism Of 2013
Whether you were at Glastonbury, the BET Awards, the Monty Python reunion, or whether you were listening to Ed Sheeran's new album on the way to the cinema to see 'Transformers,' there was plenty to talk about this week.
Glastooo!: You'd have had to have been living under 17 rocks on the other side of the world to avoid the constant Glastonbury Festival coverage. As well as hundreds of thousands of punters, Somerset's Worthy Farm played host to one of the strongest line-ups seen in recent years, including Metallica, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Jack White and Elbow.
Pop star Lily Allen raised a few eyebrows but more cheers with her foul-mouthed rant, whilst country rock superstar Dolly Parton was the biggest crowd draw ever seen and Rudimental were reduced to tears when their set was cut short due to the stormy weather.
Robin Thicke had a lot more than ‘Paula’ to answer for when he took to twitter on Monday.
On Monday, ‘Blurred Lines’ singer Robin Thicke teamed up with VH1 for a fan Q&A on Twitter using the hashtag #askthicke. The good news for the singer was that #askthicke soon became a worldwide trend, but the questions probably weren't the kind Robin was looking for. From being called out on his music's misogyny to having to address his marital woes, Robin got more than he bargained for from #askthicke.
Twitter users were unleashed on Robin Thicke earlier in the week
Undoubtedly ‘Blurred Lines’ was 2013’s single of the summer, you really couldn't escape it. Unless that is, if you were attending one of the UK universities whose campus eventually banned the controversial single. But fast forward a year later in the life of Robin Thicke and things are a little different. The singer has recently split from his wife of nine years Paul Patton and seemingly in an effort to get her back, he’s named his latest album Paula. But when the singer took to twitter on Monday for a Q&A with VH1 he was probably expecting to answer questions based around his new material. Instead the twitterverse decided he had a lot more to answer for.
Continue reading: #AskThicke: The Best Of Robin Thicke’s Twitter Q&A
In the singer's latest attempt to win his estranged wife back, his next album that will be released on July 1st will be called Paula.
Robin Thicke is going all out in an effort to try and win back his estranged wife Paula Patton.
The 37 year-old, who split from the 38 year-old actress earlier this year, is naming his new album after her, Us Weekly reports.
Thicke's latest record is due out on July 1st and will be called Paula.
Despite Robin Thicke's recent cries for attention, first releasing his single "Get Her Back" and now naming his album "Paula," estranged wife Paula Patton remains silent.
Paula Patton has remained stoically silent despite reports that estranged husband Robin Thicke is naming his new album after her. Thicke’s rep recently confirmed to Us Weekly that the album would be named “Paula,” in what appears to be a blatant attempt to win back his wife of 9 years.
Robin Thicke is planning to name his upcoming album "Paula," in reference to his estranged wife
The first single taken from the album, the unambiguously titled “Get Her Back,” debuted on the Billboard Music Awards in May. We're just guessing here, but we think the song may be referring to getting Paula back, and not in a revenge kind of way.
Continue reading: Paula Patton Remains Mum Despite Robin Thicke Naming His Album After Her
West Palm Beach brings you five days of genre-spanning music from Ellie Goulding to Dropkick Murphys with this year's SunFest.
Probably the best sun-soaked family vacation you could ask for at such great value, SunFest arrives at West Palm Beach today (April 30th 2014) with a line-up that truly has something for everyone - if you'd pardon the cliché. Like any decent festival, filling in the spaces between bands is everything from the BB&T Juried Fine Art & Craft show to the Floating Oasis barge parties, not to mention the much anticipated fireworks display on Sunday. Having hosted its first event in 1982, it's no wonder it has remained such a family favourite, attracting over 165,000 revellers each year.
Kendall Jenner's cryptic Instagram gives little away, unlike these celebrities who just love to over share!
Kendall Jenner’s cryptic Instagram about ‘mean’ boys got us wondering about whether she was referencing her recent split from One Direction member Harry Styles, or if it was just a general mantra for all girls to remember. Celebrities often slip in snippet views of their lives on their social media, some are hard to decipher like Kendall’s but others are just plain overshare! We love hearing what’s on the mind of the celebs, but come on guys, there are some things that you don't need to tell anyone!
Robin Thicke told intimate details about his sex life with his estranged wife
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton may have called it a day, but it can’t have been because their sex life was suffering. Robin once admitted “I like to try to get her into double-digit orgasms as much as possible. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when I’ve got my mojo and my swag, it happens”. Robin must be suffering from a serious case of the Austin Powers at the moment, because that dude’s mojo is definitely missing.
Continue reading: TMI Robin Thicke! The Celebrities Who Overshare
The couple isn't playing together right now, so will they stay together?
Robin Thicke might be trying to win back Paula Patton’s affections, but in the mean time, both of them are doing their own thing – which is probably better for everyone involved. While Patton made an impression at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards, Thicke apparently stayed away from the barely-dressed ladies (for once).
Rumors about Patton and Thicke's rough patch have been rampant ever since the Blurred Lines fiasco from last year.
Patton took to the Independent Spirits’ blue carpet, dressed in a fitted yellow dress with lace-detailing. Whether she was looking to show Thicke what he’s missing (unlikely) or she just wanted to strut her stuff, it worked. Despite not being nominated for any awards, Patton was one of the stars of the night.
Robyn Thicke's wife Paula Patton is definitely not staying indoors to nurse her broken heart.
The actress made her first official public appearance since she separated from her husband Robin Thicke. Patton walked the red carpet at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
Paula Patton attends Independent Spirit Awards Sans Robin Thicke
The "Baggage Claim" actress was dressed in a stunning short yellow Lorena Sarbu lace dress with Christian Louboutin heels. Patton smiled as she posed for the camera with her shoulder length hair tucked neatly behind her ears.
Continue reading: Paula Patton Attends Independent Spirit Awards Post Robin Thicke Split
This week we lost the talented Harold Ramis, which made us rather sad indeed. Then we heard about these celebrity break-ups and...pass us the tissues.
So Long Harold Ramis: This week, the world lost the comedy talent known as Harold Ramis: Ghostbusters actor and the man behind many a funny comedy film. Ramis died after complications associated with autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. Ramis' fellow industry figures and his league of fans across the globe have clamoured to pay tribute to the legendary filmmaker, with even Barack Obama dropping a Caddyshack joke to honour the star. Stacks of twinkies have been left outside the Ghostbusters fire station in Tribeca, as an ode the wonderful Ramis and his cinematic legacy. RIP Harold Ramis: 1944 - 2014.
Katy Perry Dominates The News: Katy Perry has single-handedly made sure the pap lens of the world hasn't strayed from her this week. From announcing her Prismatic European tour then making out with Miley Cyrus to delivering a baby and even angering the world's Muslim population with her "blasphemous" new music video, the pop star has kept herself busy. However, Perry's relationship with singer-songwriter John Mayer has made headlines after it was strongly rumoured that the pair had broken up.
Robin Thicke made his private life rather public on Thursday.
Robin Thicke’s public appeals to Paula Patton are getting to be a bit sad at this point, but he just keeps on going – even during concerts. On Thursday, Thicke performed a gig in Fairfax, Virginia, which included a special message for Paula before one of his songs.
'For y'all that don't know me and my wife separated, but I'm trying to get my girl back. She's a good woman,' the 36-year-old told the audience, before launching into Lost Without U, according to The Daily Mail. Oh boy.
A week after their separation, Thicke is trying to win back his wife.
The 'Blurred Lines' singer isn't accepting his marirage is over just yet, and is intent on reconciling with Paula Patton.
But it seems the 37 year-old singer isn't accepting defeat just yet.
Although Thicke is currently experiencing some difficult personal issues, this didn't stop TMZ probing him with questions about the state of his marriage.
Not only are Thicke and Patton in Splitsville, but Robin's tour is suffering as well.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton are ending their marriage. The couple, who first met when Thicke was just 14 and tied the knot in 2005, are calling it quits almost a decade later. They have been keeping mum about their reasons, but they did release a statement to People, saying: “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.”
Patton and Thicke have been together most of their lives, married in 2005.
It sounds like they’re ending the marriage on good terms – not surprising, considering how vocal the two have been about their love in the past. Last fall (right around the Miley Cyrus VMA storm) Thicke said: “We're pretty sure we've loved each other for a few lives.”
The film classification board takes action after concerned parents speak out.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has announced plans for a new age-rating system designed to tackle online music videos deemed inappropriate material for young people. The organisation's assistant director, David Austin, said the BBFC was responding to pressure from parents who were concerned about the sexual imagery freely available to children who had access to the web, according to The Guardian.
Inappropriate Content? Miley Cyrus We're Looking At You.
Austin said that a pilot project was being developed in association with Google and the UK music industry body, BPI, to test how the new classification guidelines might work with voluntary submissions to review, including content from Beyoncé, Metallica and Robbie Williams.
The Sexist of the Year title has been given to Robin Thicke this year, for promoting female degradation with 'Blurred Lines'.
Robin Thicke has won the title of Sexist Of The Year by the End Violence Against Women Coalition after his hit single 'Blurred Lines' was accused of glamorising rape culture.
He may have become a worldwide number one sensation with the track, but it's probably won Thicke a lot more critics than supporters as, ever since its release, people have blasted the song for its vile and degrading lyrics and, of course, the explicit accompanying video. The End Violence Against Women Coalition are thus sending the singer a voucher for the download of Aretha Franklin's 'R.E.S.P.E.C.T' to congratulate him and attempt to invite him to change his sexist ways.
Nothing is better to lift your holiday spirit than the sight of Miley tweking on Santa.
It’s that time of the year again – time for the annual Jingle Balls across the land to remind us the highlights and most talked about performers in the US – even the ones we’d rather forget. Case in point: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke appearing on the same stage once again at the New York event. The NY Z100 Jingle Ball, held at Madison Square Garden on Friday, had arguably the most hyped performances of all similar celebrations this year, with Cyrus, Thicke and Lindsay Lohan (of all people) making an appearance.
Seriously though, is that shirt available online?
That’s right. It looks like everyone’s favorite mean girl is serious about restoring her tarnished public image, as she appeared happy and healthy and posed for snaps with fans before the event. Lindsay was there to announce fellow rebellious starlet Miley Cyrus, but she also stole some of her thunder with her mere appearance. Sporting messy hair and a t-shirts saying SAME OLD CHIC, LiLo looked as cool as ever.
Thicke's hugely successful single has edged ahead of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky,' but there's still time for the final results to change
'Blurred Lines' is the biggest selling single of 2013 in the UK, the Official Charts Company revealed today (7 Dec), having sold more than 1 million copies in the UK alone. Robin Thicke's controversial track managed to beat Daft Punk's come-back single 'Get Lucky' to the top of the yearly chart, providing these results don't prompt a huge surge in re-interest in the Daft Punk track.
Thicke's position as the top selling artist might not be assured yet
With 1.44 million copies sold in the UK, Thicke's single edged ahead of the French electronic heroes by a few thousand copies, with 'Get Lucky' so far having sold 1.28 million copies. Either way, this is great news for Pharrell Williams, who appears on both tracks.
Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar also lead in the top honours, in a year dominated by hip-hop artists
The nominees for the 2014 Grammy Awards have been announced and after a year when hip-hop comebacks and newcomers have dominated the music scene, it is rap that leads the way in the Grammy nominations for next year. Jay-Z leads the nominations with nine nods in total, followed closely by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar, both of which have seven nominations each.
Jay-Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the most celebrated artists this year
It isn't just hip-hop being honoured at the awards show, as the two most coveted categories: Record of the Year and Album of the Year, only have two rap representatives in them (three if you count T.I.'s verse on 'Blurred Lines,' which is up for Record of the Year), with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick and The Heist by Macklemore both up for Album of the Year. Daft Punk are up for both categories, with 'Get Lucky' and their album Random Access Memories earning recognition from the Grammy committee. The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles and Red by Taylor Swift make up the rest of the album list and 'Blurred Lines,' 'Locked Out of Heaven' by Bruno Mars, 'Royals' by Lorde and 'Radioactive' by Imagine Dragons completing the Record of the Year category.
Prizes were also given out to Rihanna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction and more...
Originally set up by Dick Clarke in 1973 after ABC lost its rights to air the Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards has since become one of the most biggest nights in showbiz in the US and has established itself as a standalone prize in its own right. The A-listers took to the the red carpet in force on Sunday, 24 November for the 41st annual AMAs at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre where many a surprise was had, and plenty of prizes were given out.
Rihanna At The AMA Awards
Hosted by rapper Pitbull, the 41st incarnation of the awards saw Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the nominations poll with six mentions, with Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake falling behind with five, and it was these two who would eventually go on to leave the Nokia Theatre with the most awards for the night.
In a packed week for entertainment news, celebrities came out in force for Halloween, tributes poured in for Lou Reed and James Blake landed the Mercury Music Prize.
The Loss Of Lou Reed: Legendary Velvet Underground rocker Lou Reed died on Sunday 27th October after succumbing to liver disease, having battled with poor health for months. The world reacted with sorrow to the loss of the 'Perfect Day' singer who saw sales of his solo albums and Velvet Underground records rocket in the wake of his death, aged 71.
Halloween Hijinks: The latest trend in the world of celebrities is to one-up each other in wearing the wittiest or most outrageous Halloween outfit this year. The last few days have been awash with viral images, gifs and videos of the rich and famous pulling out all the stops to make an impact. So far, we've seen Matt Lauer as Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, Miley Cyrus as Lil Kim, Ellen DeGeneres as Nicki Minaj, Paris Hilton as Miley Cyrus, Sandra Bullock's bearded fisherman, Heidi Klum's elderly lady and Fergie and Josh Duhamel's double hit of Elvira and Riffraff.
Nona Marvisa and Frankie Christian Gaye think Thicke's hit is too close to 'Got To Give It Up.'
The family of 70s funk and soul legend Marvin Gaye are suing R&B singer Robin Thicke for copyright infringement after they suspect that their father's hit 'Got To Give It Up' was copied in part for Thicke's mega summer hit, 'Blurred Lines.'
Robin Thicke Is Accused Of Copyright Infringement.
Nona Marvisa, Marcin Gaye III and Frankie Christian Gaye allege that Thicke and his 'Blurred Lines' collaborators are guilty of copyright infringement and also claim that record label EMI failed to protect their father's legacy. Their lawsuit will attempt to block Thicke and rappers T.I. and Pharrell from using elements of Marvin's music in 'Blurred Lines' or any other songs.
Months after their initial threat of a lawsuit, the estate of Marvin Gaye have made true on their threat against Thicke
Robin Thicke was looking down the barrel of a double lawsuit only a few short months ago, with both Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music Inc. - who own the rights to the music of Funkadelic/Parliament - threatening to take the singer to court. Both alleged that Thicke had ripped them off with 'Blurred Lines,' with Gaye's estate complaining the mega-popular hit sounds a lot like 'Got to Give It Up,' and Bridgeport comparing it to Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways.' This week, Gaye's family finally made true on their threat.
Robin is being taken to court by two of Marvin's children
Two of Marvin's children, Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye, decided to change their mind over the lawsuit after supposedly hearing Thicke admit to ripping off their dad in order to produce his most popular song to date. According to TMZ, the siblings believe that they have acquired evidence that proves 'Blurred Lines' is just a rip-off, claiming that Thicke admitted to stealing the beat during two separate interviews: one with Billboard and the other with GQ.
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Sued By Marvin Gaye's Family Amidst Claims Of Plagiarism
Marvin Gaye's family respond to Thicke's lawsuit with vengeance as they target Thicke and his summer hit 'Blurred Lines' as well as the song publisher, EMI.
The suit was filed on Wednesday (Oct 30th) by two of the late singer's children, claiming Thicke stole the summer hit from Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up' as well as committing copyright infringement on Gaye's 'After the Dance' to create his song, 'Love After War'.
Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye, who filed the documents today, also argue that Robin has said 'Blurred Lines' was heavily influenced by Gaye's music.
Happy Halloween season! Let the Miley/Robin impersonations begin.
Every year around Halloween, there are ten or so pop culture costumes you just can’t avoid – this year we’re likely to see a lot of Daenerys Targaryens, the poorly thought out Amanda Bynes getup here and there, and of course the inevitable scantily clad playboy bunnies in various colors.
Hefner and Thicke do have a lot in common.
Speaking of bunnies, the original playboy himself, Hugh Hefner, didn’t miss out on the fancy dress action this year. Although he could have been a bit more creative - Hef went for the other trending topic this year – the 87-year-old Playboy boss and his current ladylove, Crystal Harris, decided to dress up as latex-clad Miley Cyrus and stripy Robin Thicke.
Robin Thicke opens up about how he keeps his marriage with Paula Patton interesting and the size of his manhood.
The 36 year-old singer got personal in a recent interview with Elle for their November issue where he revealed secrets to keeping his marriage healthy and how their sex life is still alive and kicking.
"The spice is not our problem," Thicke tells Elle how they keep their relationship interesting. "We're overspiced. We could probably take a few spices off the shelf".
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Talks About His Manhood And Spicy Marriage
Nicole Scherzinger could be leaving The X Factor, or is she simply angling for a new deal?
The future of Nicole Scherzinger as a judge and mentor on The X Factor looks in doubt after reports circulated that she is ready to begin focusing on her music career again. Scherzinger's agent was probably delighted to tie up a guest judging deal with the ITV singing show in 2010 though she's since outgrown the show and is now considered the most popular member of the panel.
Nicole Scherzinger Is Said To Be Leaving The X-Factor After The Current Series
Continue reading: Nicole Scherzinger's X-Factor Future In Doubt, Though Girls Look Strong
"I don't think people got it in the UK."
Robin Thicke has had a rather surreal year. First there was the runaway chart success of his R&B single 'Blurred Lines' followed by the almighty furore surrounding the song's lyrics' sexual themes and the half-naked models in the music video. The MTV VMA ceremony came soon after where we saw Thicke dancing whilst being twerked upon by Miley Cyrus. Not to mention the aggressive rumours that he cheated on his wife, actress Paula Patton.
The Price Of Fame: Robin Thicke Experiences Backlash From The UK.
Within a year, Thicke has shot from being a lesser-known pop artist to a household name music chart leviathan and suited lothario in aviators; it's a small wonder that the 36 year-old singer has managed to keep his head together. Conquering charts the world over with his summer hit proved all too easy but Thicke has found a tougher market in the UK.
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Makes One Last Attempt To Convince UK He's Not All Bad
An advert that features Robin Thicke's summer hit 'Blurred Lines' has been banned from daytime television.
An advert for Dr Dre's Beats Pill speakers featuring Robin Thicke's controversial 'Blurred Lines' track has been banned from daytime television.
The advert will be only aired after 7.30 pm after it received 97 complaints for it been "too sexual", according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
The clip is based on Thicke's music video 'Blurred Lines' and features several female models dancing around and holding the speakers, whilst wearing short crop tops and hot pants.
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Advert Banned From Daytime TV For Been 'Too Sexual'
Robin Thicke's summer hit is courted yet more controversy.
An advert for Beats headphones featuring Robin Thicke has been banned from showing in the UK before 7.30pm, owing to its sexually suggestive scenes, according to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
In the clip, various scantily clad dancers show off the 'Beats Pill' speakers and use them as dumbbells. One particular shot shows a woman on all fours with a 'pill' on her back.
There has been 97 complains over the sexually suggestive scenes, which features Thicke's summer hit Blurred Lines, according to the report from The Independent.
Continue reading: Robin Thicke's Beats Advert Banned Before 7.30pm After Complaints
Thicke brought his 'Blurred Lines' to London: how'd it go down after the university bans?
Robin Thicke was the 24th artist to headline the iTunes Festival after his show last night in London. Performing at Camden's Roundhouse, Thicke was one of the artists to play at the month of free gigs held throughout September.
Thicke's Show Was Slickly Performed.
This is a difficult time for Thicke to come to the UK: in the past week two British universities have announced that Thicke's hit R&B track 'Blurred Lines' has been banned from the student unions on account of its lyrics, widely believed to condone forced sex as well as its controversial, raunchy video. Nevertheless, no one in the packed out iTunes crowd was accusing Thicke of being a sexist creep today, that is apart from The Telegraph's Nick McCormick.
Thicke's wife chips in on the VMAs furore.
Actress Paula Patton, who is married to R&B star Robin Thicke, has finally chimed in on her husband's raunchy routine with 20 year-old pop terror, Miley Cyrus at last month's MTV music video awards ceremony.
Paula Patton: No Cyrus Can Compete With This.
On Tuesday night's Watch What Happens Live, hosted by Andy Cohen, Paula Patton responded to a pressing viewers question regarding her opinion of young popster Cyrus grinding on her husband's crotch for entertainment. "How long did it take to wash Miley's funk off your husband's Beetlejuice pants?" she was asked, to which she shrieked with laughter.
Currently enjoying one of the most successful years in his career, Pharrell has said that he is in no rush to finish N.E.R.D. album
Pharrell Williams has appeared on two of the biggest hits of 2013; Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines,' and is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods of his already illustrious career. Not one to forget his roots, Pharrell is also working on a new N.E.R.D. album, but told the BBC recently that he has no plans on rush finishing it to cash in on his current wave of success.
Pharrell is in no rush to bring out the next N.E.R.D. album
"N.E.R.D. is the special thing. You don't just throw that [new music] out there. You take your time and you get it right," he told BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. The group, whose hits include 'Rockstar' and 'She Wants To Move,' last released an album in 2010, when they brought out the mixed received Nothing. Since then Pharrell has focused on his solo and production duties for artists such as Daft Punk, Thicke, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake. Now the producer extraordinaire is taking his time to make a quality record with bandmates Sheldon Haley and Chad Hugo.
Continue reading: Pharrell Williams "Won't Rush" New N.E.R.D. Album
The newest single from Katy Perry, 'Roar,' has knocked Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' from the top spot after three weeks
Katy Perry is officially the UK's number one artist, scoring her fourth UK number one single with her comeback track 'Roar' - the first single from her upcoming third album, Prism. The single knocked Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' from the number one spot after three weeks as the UK's most popular single, having sold 179,500 copies in the last seven days alone, a figure that makes 'Roar' Katy's fastest selling single in the UK to date.
Katy Perry is back with a 'Roar'
Radio 1’s Official Chart Show DJ Jameela Jamil revealed that Katy has scored another No. 1 during her show on Sunday, 8 September, and spoke briefly to Katy about her success and gave the 'California Girls' singer the chance to giving a gushing acceptance speech to thank the UK public for buying her latest single in their droves. The single is also number one in her native USA, where it knocked Robin Thicke off his perch after 12 long weeks atop the Billboard Hot 200.
Continue reading: Katy Perry's 'Roar' Is Too Powerful To Keep Off The Number One Spot
The Blurred Lines singer admits to 'loving his wife'
When you’re the least popular man in the world man among feminists and a young girl ‘twerks’ against you live in front of millions of people, it’s time to go on the charm offensive. That’s what Robin Thicke’s PR people have done. They don’t want any blurred lines: he’s a nice guy - that’s the party line.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards
Of course, he’s not really a nice guy. No one who sings ‘You’re a good girl, you know you want it’ can truly be a ‘nice guy’ – but he loves his wife. Come on people, he loves his wife!
Continue reading: Robin Thicke Is In Wife-Worshipping Mode Following Twerking Controversy
Despite THAT pic, Thicke's wife isn't bothered.
Paula Patton, the actress wife of R&B singer Robin Thicke, has dismissed the claims made by a student that Thicke cheated on her. According to 20 year-old student socialite Lana Scolaro, she and Thicke got cosy at last month's VMA Awards afterparty and even kissed passionately. Scolaro also posted two photos of herself with Robin: one showing the NY socialite with her arm draped around a grinning Robin; the other showing the pair together, with the 'Blurred Lines' singer's hand clearly tightly gripping Lana's backside.
Robin & Paula Are Said To Be "Not Concerned" By The Cheating Rumours.
Twitter user "@JenLeadley" tweeted the photo to Paula with the caption "Look at the reflection girl," indicating the bum-grabbing that was reflected on to the cameras lens by mirrored walls in a snap that has now become viral as the world waited for Patton's response. A representative for the pair speaking to Life & Style magazine insists that Scolaro is just "an attention seeker" in a statement that read: "It's just a girl looking for some attention. Paula and Robin aren't concerned."
Miley Cyrus has spoken out for the first time since her performance at the MTV VMAs, claiming she was following in the footsteps of pop icons such as Madonna and Britney. She went on to claim her performance was intended to "make history."
Miley Cyrus offered her opinion on her performance and the reaction to her twerking at the MTV VMAs on Sunday 25th August. In an interview with MTV, the 20-year-old singer claimed anyone who's anyone has been outrageous at some point, citing Madonna and Britney as examples. She further went to claim she planned to "make history" by performing in such a sexually provocative manner.
Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Cyrus appeared at the award ceremony to perform a remix of her hit single 'We Can't Stop' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'. Initially appearing solo on stage, with a company of dancers dressed as teddy bears, she indulged in twerking before Thicke joined her. Although Cyrus wore a silver teddy which she removed to reveal a flesh coloured bikini. Throughout her performance she used a giant foam hand as a prop which she used provocatively to reference a number of sex acts.
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus Intended To "Make History" At VMAs
Miley already has Twerking in her dictionary
The Oxford Online Dictionary has continued its impressive record for recognizing current trends by adding the words ‘Selfie’ and ‘Twerking’. The latter has actually been common among hip hop trends for 20 years, while the former emerged due to technological advances in phone cameras, which meant people could take high quality photos of themselves, if they were that way inclined.
Please, put that tongue away, Miley
And this change comes after Miley Cyrus exhibited some controversial Twerking at the MTV VMAs with Robin Thicke during a rendition of Blurred Lines – a song that caused havoc due to its ostentatious and sexist lyrics.
The hair! The outfits! The strange sexual attraction to Beetlejuice! The tongue (oh God the tongue)! Why Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance might be the most cringe-worthy event in recent memory
The Smith family pretty much summed it up perfectly with their priceless reaction to Miley Cyrus; the girl on stage twerking and licking air at the VMAs wasn't Hannah Montana, but instead some deranged, brattish 20-year-old who perhaps isn't as old and mature as she might like to think she is.
Miley tried her hardest to look like Gene Simmons all night
Miley's behaviour throughout Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards was tragic and often painful to watch, although she may have finally succeeded at casting off her Disney shadow. The way she went about doing it have irradiated the remaining ounces of respect that people may have had for her, essentially making the whole charade a pointless exercise. At least we got some good gifs out of it though.
MTV's 2013 video awards had no Kanye interventions but provided plenty of juicy gossip amidst the evening's victories.
Well the MTV VMAs are over for another year after last night's Brooklyn ceremony signalled the end of weeks of speculation, Twitter support rallying, and news of who would perform and who wouldn't present the 29th year of the music video awards.
Justin Shows Off His Moon Men.
The decision to run without a host this year was an unusual one for the awards show that has historically had celebrities and comedians bringing the bad jokes and keeping the proceedings stitched together. By being broadcast host-less, the awards presented the opportunity for the music and stars to enjoy greater precedence than ever before in an evening of true music celebration.
Continue reading: MTV VMAs Round-Up: The Surprises, Scandals & Sore Losers
While the Gaye family haven't raised an official claim against the singer, he is looking to prevent any disputes.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have made no qualms about the fact that their summer anthem Blurred Lines was heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up. So far, neither the Gaye family, nor Bridgeport Music Inc., have raised any official copyright claims based on the song, however Thicke, Williams and collaborator Clifford Harris Jr. (aka T.I.) have filed a preemptive complaint to protect themselves against future disputes.
In a preemptive strike, Thicke is taking the case to court himself.
According to the L.A. Times, the creative team has requested that the L.A. Court Judge verify that the song does not violate any copyright restrictions. The complaint states that representatives of the Gaye estate have threatened to sue Thicke and Williams, based on a perceived similarity between Blurred Lines and the Marvin Gaye songs Got to Give It Up and Sexy Ways. Thcke and co. have asked the court to declare that Blurred Lines does not infringe on copyrights just because of said similarity.
The host this year is creating a bigger stir than ever before...
The host of the MTV VMAs for 2013 will be...(drum roll)...nobody! That's right, MTV have announced they're going to go ahead with a host-less awards ceremony this year. After the award ceremony's inaugural event in 1984, only three shows have gone ahead with no host at the helm to reign in the unruly popstars and generate some bad jokes.
J.T Will Don Those Jazzy Red Boots To Sing & Collect The Prestigious Award.
The evening, held in Brooklyn, New York, on 25th August will feature special performances from the cream of the crop of pop music, including Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Lady Gaga, One Direction and Kanye West. A stellar line-up, but no host.
Continue reading: Monumental MTV Awards Host Announced For 2013 Video Music Awards
Robin Thicke is planning... well, everything for his next album.
There’s no argument that Robin Thicke has achieved highly unexpected success in 2013 and it seems like the singer doesn’t really know what to do with it. According to an interview with Billboard, Thicke would like to go in many different directions, now that he’s finally achieved the coveted mainstream success.
Thicke has suddenly found himself in the midst of unexpected success.
But despite the hitmakers on the album – Pharell Williams and T.I. are both heavyweights when it comes to chart toppers, not everyone was as convinced as Thicke of his record’s success. When asked whether he Blurred Lines sounded like a hit from the very beginning, the singer responded: “It did to me, and then I went into the record label and I played it for the heads of the label, head of pop radio ... and everybody just went, `Nice. Nice.' Got no response; was kind of surprised by that.”
Stephen Colbert mocked Daft Punk on 'The Colbert Report' after they cancelled their appearance in favour of the MTV Video Music Awards.
Daft Punk cancelled their appearance on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night, this was so they could make a surprise appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Stephen Colbert outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, appearing for The Late Show With David Letterman.
Unfortunately for the group, Stephen Colbert did not take the slight kindly. The comedian started to make puns at the electronica group's expense, he claimed he'd been "daft punk'd" and referred to the duo as "the artists formerly booked as Daft Punk."
Continue reading: Stephen Colbert Rails After Daft Punk Cancel 'The Colbert Report'
Robin Thicke greets fans on the plaza on the 'Today' show while guitar sound checks go on in the background. He is drinking a beverage from what looks like a disposable foam cup while addressing the audience about the celebration concert for the release of his new album 'Blurred Lines'.
Paula Patton, Robin Thicke's wife, says she "loves" the whole of her husband's 'Blurred Lines' album. The song has caused controversy owing to its suspect lyrics and video.
Paula Patton, Robin Thicke's wife, loves his album Blurred Lines. In an interview with MTV News she said "I love Blurred Lines; I listen to it when I run on the treadmill all the time". She continued to say "it's just great".
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke at Vanity Fair's Oscar Party, L.A.
She said she enjoyed a number of Thicke's songs including '4 the Rest of My Life' (that's right: a number in place of a word. It's just 2 cool) and 'Feel Good'. She went on to say "I like too many songs" and "I really love the whole album, top to bottom".
Continue reading: Paula Patton "Loves" Her Husband Robin Thicke's Album: 'Blurred Lines'
The 2012 X Factor runner-up dashed straight to the top of the UK Album Chart with his first album.
Jahmene Douglas has gone on to prove the doubters wrong by scoring a number one album with his first attempt. The X Factor runner-up, who has been busily working on his new album since the end of the 2012 season, went on to show those who said his career had begun and ended with the X Factor final loss, showing that there is still a market for talent show runners up.
Douglas' fans clearly haven't forgotten about him
A former supermarket worker from Swindon who came a close second to James Arthur in the last season of the popular ITV1 show, Douglas' first album consists mostly of covers, however Love Never Fails doesn't feature a version of Etta James' 'At Last,' the song that he first performed during the auditions stage of the show.
Continue reading: Jahmene Douglas Tops Album Chart With Debut Effort, 'Love Never Fails'
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' continues to sell by the bucketload.
'Blurred Lines,' the smash-hit pop single by Robin Thicke leads the Billboard Hot 100 for the seventh week running. It's the most time spent atop the chart this year, eclipsing the five-week record set by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's 'Thrift Shop' in February-April.
According to the compiler of the chart, Billboard, 'Lines' has also set an impressive airplay record, claiming the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for an unprecedented eighth week. Songs to manage seven weeks include Beyonce's Irreplaceable (2006/2007), Mariah Carey's 'We Belong Together' (2005-2006), Rihanna's 'What's My Name?' (2010-11) and Rude Boy (2010).
Robin Thicke's song, featuring rapper T.I. and Pharrell Williams, also tops the Digital Songs chart for an eighth week, selling 340,000 downloads in the Nielsen SoundScan tracking week. That's down 11% though was easily enough to maintain its stranglehold on the top of the chart.
Continue reading: So, You're All Still Buying Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'
Barackdubs makes a lothario out of the 42nd president of America.
Ok, well it's not really Bill Clinton covering Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' but presidential speech mixtape maker Barackdubs has done some clever editing, watched hours of Clinton footage and come up with a pretty neat video that seems to show the USA's 42nd president reciting the sordid lyrics of the R&B pop star's hit song.
Bill Clinton Wants To Get Nasty With Democrat Voters.
"I know you want it/I know you want it/you're a good girl," 'sings' Clinton over edited shots of his speeches with a quick cameo from current president Barack Obama. The popular 66 year-old politician hasn't commented upon, shown support for, or even acknowledged the existence of the frankly hilarious video which is perhaps just as well.
Continue reading: Bill Clinton Wants "To Get Nasty" In 'Blurred Lines' Cover Video
Blurred Lines is... number two?
Avicii – the Swedish DJ and producer who sometimes goes by the name of Tim Bergling – has done the unthinkable and knocked Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines off the top of the singles charts, and beaten the R&B/Pop tune’s weekly sales record, too.
Here's Avicii at the House of Hunger event at Terra Veritatis
Wake Me Up sold nearly 267,000 copies in its first week on sale, which trumps Blurred Lines by about 76k – the biggest single week since The Justice Collective's He Ain't Heavy topped 2012's Christmas chart with nearly 267,000 sold.
The preppy rockers gave a pretty hilarious take on the super-successful single from Thicke during a recent radio appearance
Just when we were all starting to get sick of 'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke's mega-hit featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I., New York rockers Vampire Weekend were on hand earlier this week to give us all another reason to care about the track once again as they gave their own take on the track. The performance was part of BBC Radio One's Live Lounge sessions and yes, it does feature an (attempted) rendition of T.I.'s rapped part as well.
The group made the track their own
The laughter-inducing version, that is filled with ad-libs and the occasional cry of "dat falsetto!" whenever someone forgets a line, was recorded with glee by the 'Diane Young' rockers at the London radio studio. Hearing Ezra sing “You the hottest bitch in this place!!!” and mumble “pimpin” and “shake your rump!” in his best T.I. impression is as funny as it founds too, as the white boy indie kids break down into hysterics by the end of the track.
In the wake of Blurred Lines, Thicke is already looking ahead.
Robin Thicke managed to stir up a lot of controversy with his video for Blurred Lines, but now he has to find a way to spice things up even more for the next one. And what better way than getting the leader of the free world to participate? This seemed to be Thicke’s reasoning, when he spole to The Sun about his future plans. He said: “We’re gonna have to see if President Obama will be in it. I don’t know how you can top Blurred Lines. Either that, or maybe we just won’t make a video at all. Just disappear on top. It’s like winning the championship in your last season. Why play again?”
Thicke isn't wasting any time.
He does have a point, and there are many critics, who probably wouldn’t be too sad to see him go. The video for Blurred Lines has been called exploitative and misogynistic by equality groups. Then again, it has also been played over 100,000,000 times on youtube (between the censored and the unrated versions) and has apparently earned Thicke a second chance at pop stardom.
The MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake sharing six nods.
The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake leading the field. Armed with their videos for 'Can't Hold Us' and 'Thrift Shop,' the hip-hop duo will square off against JT at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.
Both acts received six nominations, with Timberlake getting nods for his 'Suit and Tie' and 'Mirrors' promos. Elsewhere, Bruno Mars appears to have every chance of taking home the prize of 'Video of the Year' with 'Locked out of Heaven,' though Robin Thicke's controversial clip for 'Blurred Lines' and Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' will also be popular.
The VMAs - one of the biggest events on the pop music calendar - represents the first time a major awards show has been held in Brooklyn. The place has been a mecca for art and culture for years, though the Barclays Center appears to have truly put it on the map.
Continue reading: MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Will Macklemore Clean Up?
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe AKA Pet Shop Boys have marked their return with 12th album 'Electric' which is flirting with the top of the UK charts.
After its release on 12th July, Pet Shop Boys' new album Electric climbed the charts due to rave reviews and fan excitement. Since their formation in 1981, the Boys have earned notoriety with their weird stage appearances involving robot and animal masks as well as entertaining with spectacular light shows to accompany their distinctive electropop with hits such as 'West End Girls' being performed at the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony.
Pet Shop Boys' Electric Is Doing Well In The UK Album Charts.
If Electric gets to No.1, it will be the first time Pet Shop Boys have conquered the UK charts since 1993 with their Very LP. The album is the first not to be produced by record label Parlophone, having entered into a new management agreement with Kobalt Label Services in a move that the band described as "exciting." Tracks for Electric were recorded with producer Stuart Price, with the band's aim to make a clear "dance record" in response to the reflective mood of 11th album Elysium.
Continue reading: Pet Shop Boys New Album 'Electric' Taking On Jay-Z & Robin Thicke
Jay-Z scored his first UK No.1 with Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Incredibly, Jay-Z has landed his first ever UK number one album, with Magna Carta Holy Grail storming the chart and holding off Mumford & Sons and Rod Stewart. The rapper's previous highest-charting album was the 2011 collaborate effort with Kanye West, Watch the Throne, which entered at No.3.
Holy Grail managed to hold off Mumford & Sons' Babel despite a surge in sales following the group's triumphant headlining show at the Glastonbury Festival. Jay-Z also comfortably outsold Rod Stewart's number-one album Time. Passenger took the third spot with All The Little Light, with Canadian crooner Michael Buble dropped two places to No.4 with To Be Loved.
Jay-Z has been performing in the UK this weekend, headlining the second night of the Wireless music festival at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the former Olympics site. "I feel the love tonight," Jay-Z, 43, told the crowd, "You've been an incredible audience tonight." The rapper - still one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the world - was joined by Timberlake during the encore for a rendition of Holy Grail.
Continue reading: Q. How Many UK No.1's Does Jay-Z Have? A. Less Than You Think
Justin Timberlake has been reportedly issued with a legal warning by anti-sexual violence charity Take Back The Night who say the singer used their name without permission.
Timberlake debuted new track 'Take Back The Night' at London's Wireless Festival during his Friday headline slot, to great excitement from fans but one organisation apparently is not impressed with the 'Sexyback' singer's choice of track name. Take Back The Night, an anti-rape charity, are "shocked" to learn that Timberlake chose the name of their organisation for his new song which features overtly sexual lyrics. "Tonight the night, come on surrender/ I won't lead your love astray, astray, yeah/ Your love's a weapon/ Give your body some direction/ That's my aim," sings Timberlake who clearly graduated from the same school of persuasive courtship as 'Blurred Lines' singer Robin Thicke.
Justin Timberlake Is In A Spot Of Trouble With A Charity Whose Name He Used Without Permission.
Essentially, it's a typical Timberlake track, laced with whistles and a horn section and those distinctive falsetto vocals, i.e. it's bound to be a mega hit. So it's no wonder really that JT's ruffled a few feathers over the identity of the titling phrase; the charity are perturbed to say the least, with Take Back the Night Foundation Executive Director Katherine Koestner explaining to Radar Online: "We have some big concerns. For example, all of a sudden on Wikipedia, Take Back the Night has a different definition. That's not been helpful." Turning scrutiny towards the song's sexually-themed lyrics, Koestner adds "The lyrics are definitely very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence. 'Use me,' for example, is not a great phrase for anyone affiliated with the organization."
Continue reading: Will Justin Timberlake Be Sued For 'Take Back The Night' Track Title?
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is dominating the singles chart in the U.S.
'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke's huge breakout hit featuring that T.I. and Pharrell Williams, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth week. The track also spends a sixth week at No.1 on the Digital Songs chart, selling 423,000 downloads - equalling last week's total and bettering the previous week's 423,000.
'Lines' is only the second song to sell at least 400,000 downloads in three tracking weeks, joining Gotye's massive hit 'Somebody That I Used To Know' featuring Kimbra, which reached the mark on charts dated April 28, May 5 and May 12, 2012, according to Billboard.com.
'Blurred Lines' has now sold 2.4 million copies date, though concerns still remain over the song's controversial video featuring various well-known models parading around nude while Thicke stands around in a suit.
The claim that "Blurred Lines" trivializes rape is "ridiculous", says Thicke.
Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines and the accompanying video might have been getTIng a lot of flack for the “rape-y” lyrics and the objectification of women in the clip, but fret not, because Thicke himself has stepped up to defend his work. You have to admire the man for standing up to defend lyrics like “Nothin' like your last guy, he too square for you/He don't smack that ass and pull your hair for you” and, of course the ever charming “I'm a nice guy, but don't get confused, you gettin’ it” But at least Thick has a reasonable explanation for his questionable lyrics, right? Well, sort of.
“For me it’s about blurring the lines between men and women and how much we’re the same,” Thicke said in what sounds like a promising statement for Radio 1. “And then there’s the other side of it which is the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl, and even very good girls all have little bad sides to them.”
The censored version might have been deemed SFW, but it still has a lot of the same problems.
Continue reading: Amid Controversy, Robin Thicke Stands Up To Defend "Blurred Lines"
Robin Thicke has hit back at claims the lyrics on his 'Blurred Lines' single could be construed as rapey, saying "I can’t even dignify that with a response."
The lyrics of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell' as well as the accompanying highly sexualised music video have been widely criticised, with claims that the song objectifies women and makes a joke out of rape. The lyrics, which include the lines "OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you/But you're an animal, baby it's in your nature/Just let me liberate you," could be interpreted to mean that it is acceptable for a man to assert his dominance over a woman sexually, whether she likes it or not as Thicke croons "I know you want it."
Robin Thicke Defends Himself Over "Rapey" Lyrics.
Rape charities, such as Rape Crisis, have slammed Thicke with spokesperson Katie Russell voicing concern: "The lyrics of 'Blurred Lines' seem to glamourise violence against women and to reinforce rape myths, which we strive to dispel. Both the lyrics and the video seem to objectify and degrade women, using misogynistic language and imagery that many people would find not only distasteful or offensive but also really quite old fashioned," adding "More disturbingly, certain lyrics are explicitly sexually violent and appear to reinforce victim-blaming rape myths, for example about women giving 'mixed signals' through their dress or behaviour, saying 'no' when they really mean 'yes' and so on."
Robin Thicke defended his No.1 single in a radio interview. The song's lyrics and video have been criticised by a number of charities and feminist writers for "glamourizing" violence against women.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell William's single "Blurred Lines" has created controversy in the UK. It stayed at No.1 in the UK chart for a number of weeks. Owing its prominence, it has been under scrutiny with a number of charities commenting upon certain readings of its lyrics.
Robin Thicke at Macy's Passport Presents: Glamorama in L.A. 2012.
Katie Russell, speaking on behalf of the charity Rape Crisis, said "the lyrics of 'Blurred Lines' seem to glamourize violence against women and to reinforce rape myths, which we [Rape Crisis] strive to dispel". This is primarily due to the number of possible readings of the song's lyrics for instance "nothing like your last guy/he don't smack that ass and pull your hair like that". As well as the repeated line "I know you want it".
Continue reading: "Gentleman" Robin Thicke Defends 'Blurred Lines'
Robin Thicke wants to collaborate with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
Andy Murray. Wimbledon champion. US Open champion. Olympic champion. The greatest tennis player in Britain. Pop-star.
Yep, it looks as though old Muzza might be heading into the music business - if Robin Thicke has his way anyhow. The singer - whose smash hit single 'Blurred Lines' is the fastest selling track of the year - has revealed his plans to release a remix of the song featuring Murray himself. Discussing his plans on ITV's Lorraine programme, Robin explained, "I think I'm going to do a remix with Andy Murray," saying he would shoot a new video with a sports twist, specifically, "Beautiful girls in various tennis outfits with rackets strategically placed." We're not sure Murray would be up for this collaboration, given the state of his music taste.
Continue reading: Andy Murray To Appear On Remix Of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?
Justin Timberlake's video for 'Tunnel Vision' has violated YouTube's nudity policy.
Justin Timberlake's 'Tunnel Vision' video - the unrated version - has been banned by YouTube for violating the website's nudity and sexual content policy.
The pop star released a promo for his new song earlier this week, which featured various nude women standing behind him as he performed - not unlike Robin Thicke's Blurred lines unrated video.
According to MTV, the video also featured a projection screen which played over the bodies of the women. Timberlake - who's returning album The 20/20 Experience was a monumental success - had warned fans on Twitter that the music video was a little bit raunchy and YouTube duly removed it from the site. He said, "Check out the new video for Tunnel Vision and be ready...it's explicit."
The 2013 sales landscape isn't as bleak as last year.
Well, it’s the middle of the year and about time to recap the big events in music in 2013 – particularly, the best and worst sales numbers of the year. the It turns out, not so surprisingly, that French electronic duo Daft Punk have broken records both for album and single sales this year. However, it’s not just Daft Punk, who are getting a hefty chunk from the retail pie – sales of both singles and albums are up from this time in 2012 – with singles experiencing a 2.5 percent increase, while compilation sales are un 9% (according to the Telegraph). It seems that the music business has didital sales to thank for whatever increase there is in the overall numbers, seeing as how 99% of all UK sales this year have fallen into the digital category.
Unless lightning strikes twice, Daft Punk are set to come out as this year's clear winners.
In terms of singles, it is no secret that Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, featuring Pharrell Williams and Chic's Nile Rodgers easily takes the top spot for sales. Since its release ten weeks ago, the summer hit has passed one million individual sales in the UK. Not only that, but the record has also broken records for number of plays on streaming service Spotify – and it managed to do it in just 24 hours after its release. Clearly, the Frenchmen are on a roll this year, since the full album – Random Access Memories, also broke the Spotify streaming record on its release shortly after. The second single, not so unexpectedly, is Robin Thicke’s single Blurred Lines – also a collaboration with Pharell Williams – with 828 000 copies sold to date.
Andy Murray's Spotify playlist boasts Rod Stewart, Robin Thicke and, err, Ed Sheeran.
Ever wanted to know what Andy Murray and his fellow Wimbledon competitors listen to before heading out onto centre court? Well, of course Roger Federer chills out to The National, Rafael Nadal listens to the soothing sounds of Spanish guitars and Djokovic listens to early Oasis. Obviously.
Andy Murray Arriving At Wimbledon This Week
But what about young Murray? With pretty much everyone in Britain anticipating him to win his first Wimbledon title, the Scottish star has shared his playlist with Spotify. It's made up of a couple of morale boosting stompers with some contemporary grooves in there for good measure. Worryingly, 1980's singer-songwriter and Meg Ryan's latest squeeze John Mellencamp makes two appearances on the list, as does Ed Sheeran. AC/DC's legendary rock anthem 'You Shook Me All Night Long' and Robin Thicke's No.1 track Blurred Lines also helps Andy remain focused. Apparently.
Icona Pop have hit with their first UK No.1 single, 'I Love It FT Charlie XCX,' whilst 'Another Love' singer Tom Odell has risen to the top of the albums chart.
Swedish electro-pop duo Icona Pop have snatched the UK chart top spot from Robin Thicke and his 'Blurred Lines' (ft. T.I., Pharrell) track that had been at No.1 for four weeks. According to the BBC, 'I Love It,' which features Charlie XCX, has sold 125,000 copies in the seven days prior to last Sunday's (30th June) charts. They knew they were in for a good chance of being the week's bestseller as they were the midweek leaders by Wednesday. The Stockholm girls tweeted their triumph with, "#1 in the UK! WOOOW!! we're so happy!!" as it emerged that not only was their single at No.1, but they were the first Swedish female act to reach the top of the UK singles charts since Robyn's 'With Every Heartbeat' in 2007.
Sweden's Icona Pop: [L] Caroline Hjelt, [R] Aino Jawo.
The hedonistic summer hit has sold more than 100,000 copies a week for 11 weeks, according to The Telegraph, which is a strength in sales not seen since a time period from January to April in 1998 that saw classic singles from Oasis, Aqua, Celine Dion and Run DMC vie for top positions. Icona Pop's rise to the top also coincidences with a chart shake-up from the album side as well; as forecasted last week, singer/pianist Tom Odell's album Long Way Down has peaked at No.1, shaking off rapper Kanye West with his latest album Yeezus that had shot straight to the top on release.
Continue reading: Icona Pop Reigning UK Singles Chart With 'I Love It FT Charlie XCX'
'Blurred Lines' the album will be out July 30, but will the success of the single help album sales at all?
Robin Thicke scored his fourth week on top of the UK Single Chart at the end of last week (June 23) and despite criTIcism for his 'rapey,' derogatory lyrics, the singer is still riding high on the success of his most popular song to date. Speaking with Radio.com, the singer seemed unperturbed by criticism and promised fans that, despite the backlash his single has received, the album will be a 'feel good' hit.
The album, also called Blurred Lines, is the follow-up to Thicke's poorly-received and poor selling Love After War, and also features the singer breaking away form his usual style of being the sole focus on his releases, with little outside help appearing on any of his past works. As his success began to dwindle, Thicke decided that it was time to bring in some outside help and turn his usual bedroom R&B style into much more accessible pop. A move that has clearly proved to be a success.
"I realized, this time, I'm not going to do it all on my own. I'm going to hire some of the great hit-makers in the business and try to make some music everybody can enjoy instead of just my small fan base," the singer said in his interview, before going on to address the subject of his song, in which he seemingly furthers the idiom that women don't know what they want, so men best give it too 'em.
Prepare to hear Blurred Lines everywhere this summer.
Robin Thicke is topping charts everywhere with his first single off Blurred Lines, also imaginatively titled Blurred Lines. While many are panning the song for its “rapey” lyrics and, um, strange video – hint: it features women wearing clingfilm, Thicke’s success in the charts seems to indicate that the show definitely has a lot of fans (if you ignore, of course, the “ironic” observers.)
Thicke himself explains that he’s very proud of the song and the upcoming album will feature more of the same – dance beats with not-very-engaging lyrics and, presumably, more half-naked women in videos. Thicke explained for Radio.com, via Reality TV Magazine: “I realized, this time, I’m not going to do it all on my own. I’m going to hire some of the great hit-makers in the business and try to make some music everybody can enjoy instead of just my small fan base,” Thicke explained, hoping that Blurred Lines does better.” The singer might be referring to the low sales of his last album, which didn’t go over well with fans or critics.
Thicke’s new album Blurred Lines is out on the 30th – we’ll leave it up to you to decide whether he is a potential threat to women or not
Weird, awkward and downright creepy. Robin Thicke’s new track and video for ‘Blurred Lines’ ft. T.I., Pharrell has been criticised for its 'rapey' lyrics.
Have we travelled back in time? Are women no longer regarded as free thinking individuals? Clearly not according to Robin Thicke, singer, actor and self-selected lothario, who teams his new track’s toe-curling lyrics with an equally degrading and blatantly misogynistic video. This hasn’t happened by accident – oh no – Mr. Thicke hasn’t just thrown a giant fake dice, an exercise bike and his bezzies T.I and Pharrell into a giant studio, proceed to corner a bunch of nearly naked models and then gotten surprised by peoples’ outrage.
“We tried to do everything that was taboo - bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women,” proclaimed Thicke in an interview with GQ, not exactly helping his cause. He continues to describe the “pleasure” he took in degrading women, “I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women” – as if that somehow absolves him from all future wrongdoings towards women forever.
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The Disney star is making adult friends, but has she watched Blurred Lines (Unrated) yet?
A certain Miley Cyrus gate-crashed Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’ performance of the chart-topping tune ‘Blurred Lines’ last night at the MySpace party. Not that those two minded – they seemed perfectly happy to let the former Disney star strut her stuff on stage. She’s friends with Pharrell, see, as the recent Daft Punk collaborator is producing her upcoming album.
Thicke has come from nowhere, but will he disappear just as fast?
Can we start by asking who Robin Thicke is? Why is he working with Pharrell Williams and T.I? Why is it suddenly okay to have a video full of naked girls? Answers on a postcard please, we need something to read. In the meantime, it’s worth checking out The Queen of The Stone Age’s cover of the song, which they recorded for the BBC in their live lounge.
The ginger Elvis, AKA Joshua Homme, spits out a stripped back version while shaking what seems to be a bottle of pills. Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita, who play guitar for the stripped back version, bring this acoustic version of the track to you. The egotistical Thicke – how else do you describe a man who sings the lyrics to Blurred Lines – has recently admitted to making love while his own tracks were playing. “I have, yes!” he told Heat when they asked him. “If it shows up in the middle of a playlist. I never purposely put it on, though.” BS. Thicke’s new video is controversial, because it has loads of topless girls in it, but for him, they don’t compare to his wife.
"There are three girls, so mathematically that's three pairs of boobs. But, to be honest - and I've got to be honest - I've been around a lot of boobs. My wife has one of the most amazing pair of boobs you could ever see, so these ones didn't knock my socks off," Robin admitted.
Continue reading: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines Gets 'Queens Of The Stone Aged'
The Voice have a stellar line-up of big name performers booked for the season
The producers of The Voice USA have arranged a varied line-up of music stars to perform on the show in the coming weeks, Reuters reports. Amongst them is Rod Stewart, who will be performing music from ‘Time,’ his first album of original material in over 10 years. He is scheduled to appear on the show on May 10, according to the report and he will be joined by Cee-Lo Green – formerly a judge on the show. Green is expected to perform his new song ‘Only You.’
On May 14, the show’s organisers have lined up a performance from Lady Antebellum. The Grammy award winners are currently promoting their album Golden and have been invited onto the show; currently one of US TV’s prime spots for promoting artists’ new material. The pop singer Robin Thicke will also be making an appearance on the same show as Lady Antebellum, as will rapper T.I. and singer / producer Pharrell, who recently guested on Daft Punk’s comeback track Get Lucky. The show averages around 14 million viewers across the two weekly shows.
The Voice is currently in its fourth season in the US, having recently drafted in Shakira and Usher to replace Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. The season will draw to a close in June, when a winner will be chosen and rewarded with a recording contract.
Continue reading: Rod Stewart, Pharrell, Cee-Lo Green Lined Up To Appear On The Voice USA
Albums of Note... Tasked with the tricky mission of releasing an album that stood up to their back catalogue, after several years in the wilderness and a brief spell of time on the reunion circuit, Suede have finally released Bloodsports. Rather than opting for replicating one of their previous albums, they have amalgamated elements of all five of them.
They’ve not lost their distinctive, Bowie-obsessed sound and Suede will forever have one foot in the Britpop era but with Bloodsports they have achieved what few can manage: to come back after a lengthy hiatus, ties unsevered, water under the bridge and still get back to making a quality album and reclaiming their mark on the British landscape.“Bloodsports then, is exactly the album that Suede needed to make. It is loud, aggressive, uncompromising and absolutely, defiantly Suede. Nobody else could have written these songs. Suede have done the almost impossible task of simultaneously looking back at the past while planting a foot firmly into the future.”
Pitched somewhere between The Killers and the Kings of Leon, Cold War Kids have returned with much of the same kind of material that they showcased on their first album. Dear Miss Lonely Hearts is a little bit “Cold War Kids by numbers” and although they’re pretty adept at what they do, if they just stepped out of their comfort zone for a moment, they could surely achieve much greater heights.
“The album's sure fire highlight is Jailbirds, a jaunty rocker, with a fat bass line and a noisy breakdown reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age. This song offers something a little different and breaks the slight monotony of the rest of the album.”
Blu is a rare macaw parrot who never learnt to fly, after all he's never had the need to use his wings, his owner Linda provides everything he needs. Together they live a happy life, but when a scientist informs Linda just how rare Blu is, they hatch a plan to mate Blu with a female Bird who lives in Rio de Janeiro.
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10th March, 1977