Robin Thicke Gives Brand New Interview & Makes Billboard Chart History

I was 30 before anybody knew who I was...fame won’t make me crazy

Slow burner ... pop star Robin Thicke

UNTIL a month ago, very few people in the UK had heard of Robin Thicke. Now he’s had the fastest-selling single of 2013 with Pharrell Williams and everyone has seen THAT video.

A quick Google reveals he’s been a big name across the pond for the past decade. Not only has Robin written hits for the likes of Usher, Mary J Blige and Christina Aguilera, he’s also had three top ten albums.

Robin's Latest Interview and pics with Paula, his son, the Carters, Rihanna, Pharell and TI - On 'Blurred Lines'`: the success and the controversy

Decades ... Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke has worked in the music business a long time

We caught up with the singer to find out what makes him tick...

How do you feel about your first UK No1?
Blurred Lines was the icing on top of an already delicious cake.

Did you know it was going to be this big?
No, when you’re making a song, you think every one’s going to be a hit. And then reality kicks in and you realise some are better than others and that’s why not everything makes it onto the album. I really loved this song and thought it was special and that it would be the big crossover single, but I didn’t know it would be this big.
I think the video definitely helped, but there are still millions of people who’ve never seen it and who are buying the song who don’t even know what I look like.

The video has a lot of naked women in it, what did your wife Paula think?
She loved it, I mean she’s an artist first and she’s my best friend and I’m sure she got jealous for a minute, but as my best friend and creative partner, she came up with a lot of ideas for the video herself. She would always rather celebrate my success because she knows she can go shopping afterwards.

Controversial ... Robin Thicke video featuring Pharrell Williams

Why weren’t you naked?
I only look great with my clothes off when the lights are extremely low, and those lights were too bright.

Did you think it would get this much attention?
We knew if we showed girls with their breasts out, and we got a lamb, and girls are swinging sausages and we’re smoking, and I’ve got a needle sticking it into a girl’s bum... we knew all of that was going to get a lot of attention. But the whole point of that is that we were doing everything that you’re not supposed to do in a music video. We wanted to break every rule.

On Pharell Williams, female singers, Justin Timberlake and his friends in the industry

Do you think Blurred Lines and the recent Daft Punk No1 have signaled a return to his best for Pharrell?
He’s such an incredible genius creatively that he could do anything he wanted at any time. He can be the artist, he can be the producer, he can make shoes, he can design the clothes for Billionaire Boys Club. I mean, the guy can really do it all creatively. What I think he’s the best at though, is he can be a producer and he can see an artist and instead of forcing his music on the artist, he makes something specifically for that artist that’s best for them.

Shock ... Robin Thicke video has plenty of talking points

Who do you want to work with?
I only really want to work with producers or rappers. I have no desire to work with singers. Mary J Blige hopped on a song and I did one with Estelle, but I don’t really get excited about that. I guess maybe it’s because I can sing the female part.

How do you feel about always being compared to Justin Timberlake?
The weird thing is, people don’t compare Justin to the people that I get compared to. The only connection that Justin and I have is that we’re both white.

What does it feel like to have such a big hit?
I started out as a songwriter and by the time I was 21 I’d worked on two dozen gold and platinum albums. When I finally put a song out of my own, it was a very sweet redemption to have this type of success and get emails and texts from people in the industry throughout every day congratulating me, saying they’re so happy for me. It’s because they’ve known me for 20 years trying to get a No1 hit. If I could go to an awards show, rappers, rockers, popstars, everybody — I know all of them.


On his son, Julian Fuego
How has becoming a dad (to Julian, three) changed you?

I’ve had some insane parties at my house over the last ten or 12 years. Last night we finished at 5am and that was a slow night. Now though, we have to pick and choose. But when we go, we ball hard. I haven’t done a legitimate leave-the-house-for-two-or-three-months thing since the kid was born and I don’t really want to. I’m going to have to at some point though, because it’s too much money. He came to Paris with me and my wife because I knew I was going to be away for almost a month and I couldn’t not see him for that long. I know when I start touring that he’ll just have to come with me for some of it.

Does he know what you do yet?
He gets it, he always wants to go to set and he likes to listen to daddy’s songs, and now he’s started to say, ‘Julian’s going to go and write a song’.

Do you want him to go into the industry?
I wouldn’t wish it on him, but I think it’s inevitable. If you saw your dad was the town sheriff and he was the best sheriff and you saw people liked him, it’s natural that you’re going to want to follow in his footsteps.

Hot ... Robin Thicke's video has naked women aplenty

On failure, fame, his favorite TV show and surprising celebrity crush

How have you stayed so grounded?
Because I’ve never been that successful. Failure will keep you grounded. I couldn’t possibly become a w***** now because I think that happens earlier. I have this theory that whatever age you are when you reach the pinnacle of your success it’s very hard to mature past that. If you’re 16 years old at that time, then you’re kind of 16 forever because everything that happens afterwards isn’t real, it’s not normal. So for me, when I had my No1 song I was 30 years old. So by then, you’ve already seen a lot, made a lot of mistakes and been humbled completely.

Can you still walk down the street?
Because I think I’m still very approachable, I’m not too big of a star. Everyone asks for a picture. If you saw Jay-Z and Beyonce, you wouldn’t want to go over and ask for a picture, but everybody asks for mine. People see me and say, hey that’s that cool guy from the naked chick video, let’s go and get a picture. I’m between superstar and star.

Blurred Lines ... Robin Thicke's video

And now for the quickfire round... What’s your favourite TV show?
Game Of Thrones.

Celebrity crush?
Jack Nicholson

The best thing about being famous?
Free s***.

Favourite pizza topping?

What hair product do you use?
A combination of juices and berries.

When was the last time you cried?
Maybe when I went No1.

- Robin’s album, Blurred Lines, is out on July 8.

+, Here Comes the Son: Robin Makes Billboard Charts History


With "Blurred Lines" ascending into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this past week, Robin Thicke joins the list of artists who have followed their parents to the top 10 of the chart. Robin's mother, Gloria Loring, hit No. 2 in 1986 with "Friends and Lovers" (with Carl Anderson).

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Gloria and Robin in London 2008

Anyway, after researching every woman who's ever had at least one Hot 100 top 10, and conferring with other members of the charts department, Billboard's Gary Trust can't find another mother-and-son who've both tallied top 10s. Thicke's 11-6 ascent on the Hot 100, then, marks an historic first in the chart's nearly 55-year history. And, let's not leave out the R&B singer's father, an accomplished musician, as well: Alan Thicke. The longtime TV personality, best known to many as Jason Seaver on ABC's "Growing Pains" (1985-92), wrote, among others, the themes to the sitcoms "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Facts of Life."

More parents-and-children who have hit the Hot 100's top 10 at the source.

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What can I say I have a soft spot for long-haired Robin. SMH @ that comment about female singers though. His song with Faith Evans is my jam.