Robin Thicke released his first album, "A Beautiful World," in 2003, so its taken him a decade to achieve the success he's found with his sixth studio album "Blurred Lines," which topped the Billboard 200 for the first time this week.
Bouyed by the success of the album's title track, the 36-year-old R&B singer hit the top slot with 177,000 copies sold, well above the No. 2 act, Five Finger Death Punch, which sold 112,000 records.
"Blurred Lines" controversial lyrics haven't stopped it from becoming a frontrunner for the much-coveted "Song of the Summer," a title held last year by Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Having found its way into pop cultural discourse, the track has inspired gender-bending parodies and Jimmy Fallon covers, much like "Call Me Maybe" did in 2012.
In a piece on "Blurred Lines" chances for the "Song of the Summer" title, Billboard's Sean Ross recently explained how it's popularity has surpassed Daft Punk's funky dance night anthem, "Get Lucky."
When [Justin] Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” arrived this spring, it was the sort of polite retro jam that Thicke had been charting with at adult R&B for years. “Blurred Lines,” a considerably less well-behaved retro jam, doesn’t move pop music forward like “SexyBack” did, but it better captures the puckishness of its predecessor. And to the extent that this can be said about a song whose refrain is “We’re up all night/to get lucky,” it also makes Daft Punk’s song sound tame.