Week Ending June 2, 2013. Songs: Robin Thicke & Mom
Robin Thicke lands his first top 10 hit as “Blurred Lines” jumps from #12 to #6 in its sixth week on the Hot 100. Thicke’s mother, Gloria Loring, cracked the top 10 in August 1986 with “Friends And Lovers,” a collabo with Carl Anderson, an African American singer and actor. (The elegant pop ballad peaked at #2.) “Friends And Lovers” took off due to exposure on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives, on which Loring was a regular from 1980 to 1986.
Several other current stars who have landed top 10 hits are the offspring of parents who also had one or more top 10 hits. Among them: Enrique Iglesias, son of Julio Iglesias; Miley Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus; and Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith.
It’s interesting that Loring’s biggest hit was an interracial duet, because Thicke’s entire persona and musical style is based on blurring racial lines, to borrow his current song title. And he has been very successful at it, too. While this is his first top 10 hit on the Hot 100, he has had four top 10 hits on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, including the #1 hits “Lost Without U” and “Sex Therapy.”
Thicke’s style used to be called “blue-eyed soul,” but that sound is no longer the semi-novelty that that term suggests. With Thicke joining Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, it may well be the hottest sound of the year.
Thicke’s current hit bears a striking similarity to Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up (Pt. I),” which cracked the Hot 100 in April 1977—five weeks after Thicke was born. (The sexy smash reached #1 in June.) A fan of Gaye’s hit noted the similarity in this comment on YouTube: “Robin Thicke jacked this beat and tweaked it. Those who tasted the old school knew. Not hatin’ though. I’m just glad he didn’t ruin it. LOL.”
“Blurred Lines” enters The Official U.K. Singles Chart at #1. It’s Thicke’s first #1 in the U.K. The song sold 190K copies in its first week on sale in the U.K., which is the largest one-week tally so far this year. “It is an honour and a pleasure to be #1 in the U.K.,” Thicke told OfficialCharts.com. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, and I am so grateful to all the people who made this dream come true.”