What Is Robin Thicke Worth?
Robin Thicke's Net Worth is $15 million
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.As Thicke told Billboard, “I decided I was going to save money to make my album, and I hoped to offer it to labels–take it or leave it–so I didn’t have to negotiate how to make my music. While piecing his album together, Thicke began working with veteran producer and label executive Andre Harrell and, under his guidance, eventually signed with Interscope for a second time as part of Harrell’s and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’ Nu America imprint label in 2001.
In 2002, Thicke released his debut single “When I Get You Alone”. The track samples Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven”, which itself is a disco rendition of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The music video for the song received some rotation on MTV2 and BET’s Rated Next and was spun moderately on pop and urban radio, peaking at number forty-nine on Radio & Records Pop chart. Globally, however, “When I Get You Alone” became a chart success when it peaked in the Top 20 in Australia, Belgium, and Italy, and reached the Top 10 of the singles charts in New Zealand and the Top 3 in the Netherlands.
The moderate success was enough to signal the release of the album in 2003 with its name changed to A Beautiful World. 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.
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. The song was also performed by Blaine Anderson (played by Darren Criss) on Glee during the Season 2 episode “Silly Love Songs”.
Following A Beautiful World, Thicke was keen to begin work on his sophomore album but financial and creative disagreements stemming from the performance of his first album led to a several month-long stalemate between Robin and his record label. Regarding this time in his career, Thicke said,”The label pretty much lost faith in my ability to sell. It became a question of, ‘Where does he fit? Is he not rock or pop enough? Is he not soul enough? Pharrell Williams, having established a distribution deal with Interscope for his record label, Star Trak, expressed to Jimmy Iovine his interest in Thicke, whose talent he thought of highly. Signed to Star Trak in 2005, Thicke continued work on his second album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke. The first single, “Wanna Love U Girl”, featured producer Williams and charted successfully on urban radio in the United Kingdom. For the video, Thicke changed his appearance, cutting off his trademark long hair. In 2006, a remix version of the song was filmed with rapper Busta Rhymes. Nearly a year after the single was released, the album was released on October 3, 2006. To promote the album, Thicke toured with India.Arie and then opened for John Legend in late 2006. The video for his second single, the ballad “Lost Without U”, was released in the autumn of 2006. The song began appearing on Billboard R&B charts in November of that year. With the assistance of radio airplay, the song became his breakout hit, reaching number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spending 11 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, making him the first Caucasian male artist to top that chart since George Michael did so in 1988 with “One More Try”. In the February 24, 2007 issue of Billboard, Thicke simultaneously topped four Billboard charts: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, and Adult R&B Songs, a feat he would duplicate in the March 17 issue. Following its re-release as a Deluxe Edition (with three new bonus tracks) on February 13, 2007, the album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200. On March 23, 2007, The Evolution of Robin Thicke was certified Platinum by the RIAA. With album sales of over 1.5 million copies sold domestically, The Evolution of Robin Thicke became a commercial success in the United States.
Thicke and his record label Interscope soon considered potential tracks to be released as the album’s next and third single. Thicke’s preference was the track “Can U Believe”, which peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On October 2, 2007, the track “Got 2 Be Down” was released as the album’s fourth official single. The single peaked at number 60 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
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.
In late 2007, Thicke finished promotion for the album as the featured opening act for the North American leg of Beyoncé’s US tour, The Beyoncé Experience. Other notable performances in support of the album and its single “Lost Without U” include the 2007 BET Awards, The 2007 MOBO Awards,] American Idol, and the 2007 Soul Train Music Awards. He also performed a one-off UK concert at KOKO in London on September 24, 2007.
“There’s so many meanings behind that title. Number one, it reflects what we’re going through as a nation here in America. I just felt, with Barack Obama and the new energy he’s bringing, that it is time for some fresh hope and new attitudes. Then, in terms of me as an artist, because I’d been singing all these songs about self-reflection – like ‘2 The Sky’ and ‘Angels’ – I just thought it was time for me to start singing about something ELSE! Also, I felt that – with my music being a little different from everything else you can get out there – the music IN ITSELF is also something different and something else! Thicke released his third solo album, titled Something Else, on September 30, 2008. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 charts and sold 137,000 copies in the first week. The first single from the album, “Magic”, was a further expansion of the R&B sound that powered his 2006 breakthrough, The Evolution of Robin Thicke. “Magic” went on to peak at number two on the Adult R&B chart, number six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chartand number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed this success with the second single, “The Sweetest Love”, which peaked at number two on the Adult R&B chart and number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
During an interview to promote his third album, Thicke explained that:
I think this album was so different than my last album. The last album I did, I spoke about my personal life and the things that I was going through at that time. However, since I’ve been on the road, you just see how many people are either in poverty, or are not able to live the life they want to live, have just given up on their dreams, or have had it taken away from them. What I thought were problems are not problems at all, and I think when I made this record a little perspective kicked in.
On February 8, 2009, at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, Thicke took the stage alongside Lil’ Wayne to perform their song “Tie My Hands” from the Grammy-winning album Tha Carter III (the song was also featured on Something Else) which was followed by Thicke and Lil’ Wayne participating in a medley of “Big Chief” and “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” led by jazz musicians Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in tribute to New Orleans and the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Thicke appeared on an episode of ABC’s The Bachelor to perform “Magic” and “The Sweetest Love” for the remaining female contestants. Thicke wrote and produced a track for the movie Precious in which his wife Paula Patton also starred, though it did not appear on the soundtrack and remains unreleased. He co-headlined a U.S. tour with Jennifer Hudson, which began March 31, 2009 in Albany, New York, and wrapped up 25 shows later in Biloxi, Mississippi. At the start of the tour, Thicke released “Dreamworld” as the official third single from Something Else. As of April 2009, Something Else has shifted over 435,000 units in the U.S.
Seven months after the release of Something Else, Billboard.com announced that Thicke would release his fourth studio album in the fall of 2009, his first to not be mainly self-produced. The album, titled Sex Therapy, had its release date postponed to winter, on December 15, 2009. The first single from the album was the title track, produced by Polow Da Don, which in March 2010 became Thicke’s second song to top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The lead single for international markets was “Rollacosta” featuring singer Estelle. The second U.S. single was “It’s in the Mornin'” featuring Snoop Dogg. “Shakin’ It for Daddy”, featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, produced by Polow Da Don, was supposed to be released as a single at some point, however, its release was eventually canceled.
Speaking of the musical background to Sex Therapy, Thicke told Pete Lewis – Deputy Editor of Blues & Soul – “I’m always gonna have the influence of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Al Green in my music. But with this album I also wanted to show my hip hop side. I grew up listening to Run-DMC and N.W.A and Biggie and Pac and Jay-Z… So I really wanted to make a record that represented how much that music has influenced me.” Earlier in 2009, on October 14, Leighton Meester’s debut single “Somebody to Love”, featuring Thicke, was released. Thicke told MTV he hoped to have Lil Wayne on the album. He also pointed out that he was featured on Lil Wayne’s last two albums, and Lil Wayne was on his last two albums. “We’re kind of good luck charms for each other.”
Thicke appeared on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on January 1, 2010 and performed three songs in Las Vegas, in a pre-recorded segment. Also in 2010, it was confirmed that he, along with Melanie Fiona, would feature on The Freedom Tour with Alicia Keys. As of October 2011, the album has sold 289,000 copies in the United States.
On February 5, 2010, Thicke participated in BET’s SOS Saving Ourselves: Help For Haiti telethon concert, held in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
During 2011, Thicke was confirmed to go on tour with Jennifer Hudson, with whom he toured in 2009. Later that year, Robin Thicke released his fifth studio album, Love After War, on December 6, 2011. The album debuted at number twenty-two on the Billboard 200 and number six on the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” selling 41,000 in its first week. In an interview to promote the album, Thicke has stated that a lot of the inspiration for the album came from his family:
I learned what true compassion and patience is about. You think you’re a man, or you think you’re grown, until you have a child and you have to see what a woman goes through when she has a baby – and how it changes her body, [it] changes her mindset. I had to kick into gear because I love nobody more than my wife in this world. It was actually wonderful for me. Julian has changed everything – every move I make, I know that it will affect him, his growth and his happiness.
The album has produced three singles. The first is the title track, “Love After War” released on October 11, 2011 and has peaked at number fourteen on the “Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs” chart and topped the Adult R&B chart making it his second song after “Lost Without U” to top that chart. The music video for the song premiered November 21, 2011. The music video features his wife Paula Patton and consists of Thicke making up with his wife after a fight. The second single is “Pretty Lil’ Heart”, which features Lil Wayne and was released on November 8, 2011. The music video for that premiered on March 2, 2012. It peaked at number fifty-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. On May 31, 2012, Thicke released a video for his promo single, which was a cover of the Whitney Houston classic “Exhale (Shoop Shoop”). The third official single is “All Tied Up” which was released to Urban AC radio on April 10, 2012. The music video premiered on June 7, 2012 on “Vevo”.
Thicke performed “Love After War” on the 2011 Soul Train Music Awards and later returned to the stage to sing “Reasons”, trading verses with Joe and Eric Benét, as part of an all-star tribute to Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind & Fire.
Thicke appeared on season 2 of NBC’s The Voice as a guest adviser/mentor to the contestants on Adam Levine’s team.
In July 2012, Thicke made his feature film debut starring alongside Jaime Pressly in Jimbo Lee’s Abby in the Summer, produced by Gabriel Cowan, John Suits, Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller. The film, shot in 2012, was released in 2014 under the title Making the Rules.
Thicke served as a judge on the ABC television show Duets which premiered May 24, 2012 and which also featured John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, and Kelly Clarkson. The judges doubled as mentors who searched for singers across the country (Robin Thicke’s singers being Olivia Chisholm and Alexis Foster) to duet with them as they perform in front of a live studio audience. The premier episode drew in 7 million viewers. The show went live June 28, 2012, allowing the viewers to vote for their favorite contestants.
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. The video, featuring models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M’Bengue, and Elle Evans, was released on March 20, 2013 and garnered more than 1 million views in days after release on Vevo. Thicke said he had received the approval of his wife Paula Patton before shooting the video.
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. According to Thicke, “Once the song started to take off, and all this momentum was happening, and [Real Husbands of Hollywood] needed me for all eight weeks, I couldn’t finish the album and promote the single and go over seas and do all these other things I wanted to do.”
As Thicke explained to the Breakfast Club, “The album is called Blurred Lines. I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that we all think we’re living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right in between those straight lines. And everything you thought you knew, the older you get, you realize, ‘Damn, I don’t know nothing about this. I better pay attention, I better listen and keep learning.’ So I think that, that’s what I’ve been realizing these past few years.”
The singer also explained his foray into a more poppy sound than his usual milieu. “The last year I’ve been wanting to have more fun. I think I took myself very seriously as an artist and I wanted to be like Marvin Gaye, and John Lennon and Bob Marley and these great artists and songwriters that sang about love and sang about relationships,” Robin explained. “And then the last year, my wife and I just really wanted to have fun again, we wanted to be young again and we wanted to dance again and go out with our friends, so I wanted to make music that reflected that culture also.” The song has been a worldwide hit, has peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and has also reached number one in 13 more countries including the United Kingdom, where Blurred Lines became only the 137th record in history to surpass the one million sales mark, and the United States. The new album Blurred Lines was released on July 30, 2013.
The song and related music videos also received criticism for being misogynistic and promoting rape culture, with some critics calling the lyrics “creepy” and the song “rapey”. In an interview for GQ magazine Thicke joked about the video, saying, “What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women.” Video director Diane Martel was asked on an interview if Thicke’s statement in GQ that “the idea was to be ‘derogatory towards women'” was discussed on set, to which she responded, “That’s crazy. Maybe he wasn’t thinking when he said that.” During an interview with Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Next Chapter, Thicke clarified his comment about degrading women, describing it as a “bad joke”, noting that the published GQ interview did not mention that he was doing an impersonation of Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character while making the remark, thus not providing the sarcastic/joking context. The song’s unrated music video was originally banned from YouTube before being reposted some weeks later.
On August 25, at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” with Miley Cyrus, 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.
On December 6, 2013, Thicke and T.I. performed “Blurred Lines” accompanied by Earth, Wind & Fire at The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! on CBS where it was announced that Thicke had been nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Album for Blurred Lines and Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the album’s single “Blurred Lines”. In the same month, he was awarded the title “Sexist of the Year” by the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which has more than 60 member groups working to end sexual and domestic violence, trafficking and other forms of abuse. It was parodied many times and forbid in many UK student unions.
He had twice as many votes as runner up for second year Prime Minister David Cameron.
On January 26, 2014, Thicke performed live with Chicago at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, celebrating the induction of Chicago’s debut album, The Chicago Transit Authority, into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Thicke and Chicago performed a medley of “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Beginnings”, and “Saturday in the Park” ending with “Blurred Lines”.
In June 2014, Thicke announced that his next album would be called Paula, dedicated to his estranged wife, Paula Patton. The lead single “Get Her Back” was released on May 19, 2014. Thicke debuted the song on the same day with a performance at the Billboard Music Awards where he also won four awards for “Blurred Lines”. Thicke also appeared on the season finale of the The Voice singing “Get Her Back” with finalist Josh Kaufman. Thicke then performed the song “Forever Love” at the BET Awards 2014. At the end of June 2014, during a Q&A session on Twitter and hosted by VH1, Thicke asked followers to submit questions by using the hashtag #AskThicke. The tag was quickly overrun by people protesting against his lyrics criticized as misogynistic, his lifestyle choices and other detractors leading to what The Guardian called “an epic PR fail”. When a Twitter user pointed out that the comments directed at Thicke were “brutal”, Thicke responded: “I can handle it, I’m a big boy”.
The album, originally set for a Fall release, was pushed forward and released on July 1, 2014, five weeks after the release of its lead single. Paula peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200, and sold 24,000 copies in its first week of release. In a 2015 interview with Jody Rosen of The New York Times, Thicke expressed both embarrassment over his public dedications and regret over giving the album a commercial release, stating, “my record company didn’t want me to put it out, but they stuck by me. In hindsight, the only thing I would have done differently was, I wouldn’t have promoted it or sold it. I would have given it away.” Speaking with radio station Hot 97, Thicke remarked further on the album’s reception saying:
When I released the album and it wasn’t well received, I realized I’d lost my perspective … I think I kind of asked for it … I had so many reasons to make that album and name it Paula … and, at the time, I thought I was doing the right thing for everyone involved … I should’ve focused on my personal life first; and even if I wanted to write songs, I shouldn’t have tried to sell it, promote it, sing it. I wasn’t ready to publicly even speak about it … My music’s always been autobiographical, and I’ve always made songs that were about my life and then sold it and then promoted it so it didn’t feel different at the time, and I didn’t realize [the separation] was a more sensitive subject that needed some time … It was just way too soon for me to stand out there and say “buy my music” and you don’t know what [Paula’s] going through, how she feels about it, so just too many question marks for it to be supported properly.
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 2015 BET Awards 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. On June 29, on the heels of his BET Awards performance, Thicke debuted the lyric video for “Morning Sun”, the lead single of his 8th album, 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.
Speaking with Prestige Hong Kong, Thicke explained: “The new album is call[ed] Morning Sun. It’s about fresh starts, new beginnings, and the heralding in of a new day. It’s about the last year of my life, the time I’ve spent with my friends and family and especially my son.”] Thicke also spoke of working again with Pharrell and Timbaland as well as with new collaborators DJ Mustard, Max Martin, and Ricky Reed. The album’s second single “Back Together”, featuring Nicki Minaj, was released on August 6, 2015.
Robin Thicke Biography
Robin Charles Thicke born March 10, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer.
Thicke has worked with several artists, such as Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, K. Michelle, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, Kid Cudi and Mary J. Blige, among others. Thicke worked on albums such as Usher’s Confessions and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III, while releasing his own R&B singles in the US including “Lost Without U”, “Magic”, and “Sex Therapy”. He rose to international fame in 2013 with his single “Blurred Lines”, which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
He is the son of actor Alan Thicke and actress Gloria Loring and known for his former marriage to actress Paula Patton. In 2013 and 2014, their separation and divorce was covered extensively by the tabloid press including Thicke’s efforts to reconcile with Patton.
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