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Blurred Lines (song)

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"Blurred Lines"
Song by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
from the album Blurred Lines
ReleasedMarch 26, 2013
Producer(s)Pharrell Williams
Robin Thicke singles chronology
"Love After War"
"Blurred Lines"
"For the Rest of My Life"
Music video
"Blurred Lines" at YouTube

"Blurred Lines" is an R&B song by Robin Thicke. It has vocals by Pharrell and T.I. and was produced by Pharrell. It was released on March 26, 2013. It was the lead single from his album Blurred Lines. It has reached number one in 14 countries.[2] It became Thicke's most successful song, being his first to reach number one on the Hot 100.[3] He had already peaked number 14 in 2007 with "Lost Without U".[3]

"Blurred Lines" sold more than any other single in 2013. It sold over 1.44 million copies.[4]

Two versions of the music video were made. The first version of the video was removed from YouTube for showing topless models Emily Ratajkowski, Elle Evans, and Jessi M'Bengue.[5] In the second version the models are not topless. Several parodies were made.[6] On November 12, the English pop singer Lily Allen released the video for her single "Hard Out Here". It featured Mylar balloons spelling out "Lily Allen has a baggy pussy", spoofing the balloons in Thicke's video saying "Robin Thicke has a big dick".[7]

Thicke wanted the song to sound like Got to Give It Up by Marvin Gaye.[8] Members of Gaye's family have accused Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell of illegal copying. Thicke offered the family a six-figure sum of money to end the lawsuit but they did not accept it.[9]

The song was banned by twenty UK universities.[10] Essex University students started a petition to have the song banned there too.[11] Alice Smart, a Leeds Student Union officer, said, “I’m proud that we’ve taken the decision to stop playing ‘Blurred Lines’ in our bars and clubs because the song undermines real and dangerous issues around consent. Just because the song has been commercially successful doesn’t mean we have to play it knowing that it offends a high proportion of our students.”[12] Thicke responded on The Today Show to feminist criticism of the song by saying, "If you listen to the lyrics it says 'That man is not your maker.' It's actually a feminist movement in itself". He also said in an interview with the BBC that criticism of the lyrics by a rape charity is 'ridiculous'.[13]

Thicke has said that he would like to do another song with T.I. and Pharrell.[14]

On December 26, 2013, Rob Sheffield wrote for Rolling Stone that "Blurred Lines" was the worst song not just of the year, but of any year.[15]

In December 2013, "Blurred Lines" was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards.[16]

The video for "Blurred Lines" was the seventh most watched video on VEVO in 2013.[17]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sisario, Ben; Smith, Noah (March 11, 2015). "'Blurred Lines' Infringed on Marvin Gaye Copyright, Jury Rules". The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  2. "Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams - Blurred Lines - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Robin Thicke: Billboard: Chart history". Billboard. Archived from the original on 19 December 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  4. "'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke the biggest selling single of 2013 | Unreality TV". Primetime.unrealitytv.co.uk. 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2014-06-23.[permanent dead link]
  5. "'Blurred Lines' Banned By YouTube As Robin Thicke's Video Features Nude Models". Huffington Post. April 1, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2014 – via Associated Press.
  6. Sep 05, 2013 7:26 AM by Leigh Ann Dolan (2013-09-05). "The best "Blurred Lines" parodies on the internet". Sheknows.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. Cogan, Judy. "Lily Allen pokes fun at Robin Thicke in promo for Hard Out Here | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  8. "Robin Thicke On His First No. 1, 'Blurred Lines': 'We Didn't Know It Would Be This Big' « Radio.com". News.radio.com. 2013-06-12. Archived from the original on 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-06-23. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)
  9. "Marvin Gaye's Family Rejected Robin Thicke's Six-Figure Offer". Billboard. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  10. Music. "More universities ban Blurred Lines over fears it promotes rape". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  11. "Students call for "Blurred Lines" song ban (From Echo)". Echo-news.co.uk. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  12. "News | 'Blurred Lines' song banned by Union | Leeds Student Newspaper". Leedsstudent.org. 2013-09-19. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-23. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)
  13. "BBC Newsbeat - Robin Thicke backs Blurred Lines lyrics after criticism". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  14. "Robin Thicke plans 'Blurred Lines' follow-up - Music News". Digital Spy. 2013-09-23. Archived from the original on 2013-09-26. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  15. By Rob Sheffield (2013-12-06). "'Blurred Lines': The Worst Song Of This Or Any Other Year | Music News". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  16. "Grammy Nominees 2014: See The List". MTV. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  17. Kurp, Josh (2013-12-08). "The 10 Most Watched Music Videos Of 2013 Are Miley, People Who Aren't Miley". Uproxx.com. Retrieved 2014-06-23.