Week Ending Aug. 25, 2013. Songs: Robin & Marvin
“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. + Pharrell has sold 5 million copies in just 22 weeks, faster than any other song in digital history. The old record was held by “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra, which took 23 weeks that reach that plateau.
“Somebody…” wound up as the #1 best-selling song of 2012. “Blurred Lines” is currently the #2 best-seller of 2013, and is just 702K copies behind the leader, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz. (“Blurred Lines” sold 225K copies more than “Thrift Shop” this week, so you can see that it can close that gap pretty quickly.)
“Blurred Lines” also holds at #1 on the Hot 100 for the 12th consecutive week. That’s the longest run on top by any single since the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” topped the chart for 14 weeks in 2009. It’s the longest-running #1 by a male artist or an all-male collabo since “Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris logged 12 weeks on top in 2004.
There’s been a tremendous amount of coverage of how much “Blurred Lines” borrows from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got To Give It Up (Part 1).” But that attention hasn’t translated into big sales. “Got To Give It Up” has sold 47K copies in the past 22 weeks, not bad for an old song, but far less than you might expect given the level of interest in the song. (It sold 6K copies this week, too few to make the 200-deep Hot Digital Songs chart.)
“Got To Give It Up” has sold 567K digital copies, which makes it Gaye’s fifth biggest digital seller. It follows “Let’s Get It On” (1,491,000), “Sexual Healing (1,011,000), “What’s Going On” (691K) and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (568K).
“Got To Give It Up” topped the Hot 100 for one week in June 1977 and topped the Hot Soul Singles (as it was then called then) for five weeks. It brought Gaye a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.
“Blurred Lines” also logs its 12th week at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis headed the chart for the previous 21 weeks (14 weeks for “Thrift Shop,” seven for “Can’t Hold Us”). That’s 33 consecutive weeks where the lead artist on the #1 R&B hit was white.
Thicke’s follow-up, “Give It 2 U” (featuring Kendrick Lamar), enters the Hot 100 at #83. (That’s 11 notches higher than where “Blurred Lines” debuted in April.)