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A controversial libidinous R&B party song about a woman in a nightclub who may or not be interested in a guy. Or about the blurred lines between a good and a bad girl, according to Thicke. In an interview with The Daily Star, Robin Thicke explained the meaning of the song, saying: “It is mostly throwaway fun, but naturally Pharrell and I, being in love with our wives, having kids, and loving our mothers, we have a lot of respect for women. So the way we were seeing it is, ‘I know man tries to domesticate you but you’re an animal, you are just like any man.’ It is also about the blurred line between a good girl and bad girl, people who want to get naughty,” he added. Thicke also explained that his sexual escapades with now ex-wife Paula Patton inspired the song. In an interview with SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show,” he said: “Blurred Lines is very much about my wife,” he said, “It’s about how she’s a good girl, but she wants to be a bad girl. My wife is Mrs. Good Girl, but gradually over our marriage, I’ve turned her into a bad girl. I mean naughty, sexually, yeah. I won’t get into too many details out of respect to her but she likes it all. We’ve done just about everything.” The music video featured Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, and rapper T.I, with three naked models dancing. Once the unrated video version was banned, the ensuing publicity helped the single go viral. Thicke spoke to

“Carson Daily” about the video, ssaying: “We just had a great feeling about the song. I made it last summer. I mean, I had it for about eight or nine months, you know, and Jimmy Iovine liked it, but nobody was really jumping all around the place for it. And then we shot video. Jimmy Iovine called me seven seconds into the video… and he said, ‘This is a smash! This video is amazing!’ We had always planned on making an unrated, we like to call it, version. Not X, it’s just unrated! So what we would do is shoot a segment with the girls dressed and then they would take their clothes off and we’d shoot the same shot.” On collaborating with rapper T.I and how he ended up on the track, Thicke told GQ Magazine that: “Well, at first it was me and Pharrell. Then I thought who else is a grown Southern gentleman with a family? T.I. Even though he’s a hardcore rapper, he’s a real Southern gentleman. He says ‘Sir’ and ‘Ma’am,’ he stays cool, and he’s really beloved. Pharrell’s the same way. It was just three really nice guys having a good time together.”

Release date

Released March 26, 2013


Robin Thick – Pharrell Williams – Clifford Harris, Jr. – Marvin Gaye.


Interscope – Star Trak

Chart Rankings

US – 1

UK – 1


In the UK, ‘Blurred Lines’ topped the Official charts for 4 weeks, and the British Phonographic Industry certified it Triple Platinum for sales over 1.63 million copies. In the US, ‘Blurred Lines’ is Robin Thicke’s highest charting song ever and was the longest-running number 1 of 2013. It broke the record for the all-time highest number 1 of radio impressions during a single week in the US with 219.8 million impressions, and extended to 228.9 million impressions the week after. It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and was certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales over 7.38 million copies. The song also topped the charts in several countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. ‘Blurred Lines’ was in the top 10 charts in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, and Sweden. The single was certified Diamond in France, 9 times Platinum in Australia and Canada, 5 times Platinum in New Zealand, Quadruple Platinum in Italy, Triple Platinum in Mexico and Switzerland, Double Platinum in Norway and Sweden, and Platinum in Austria, Belgium, and Denmark.

Artist’s age on release date

Robin Thicke was 36, Pharrell Williams was 40, and T.I was 33 years old.

Cover Versions

Queen of the stone Age – Vampire Weekend – The Mend – Will Schuester (Mathew Morrison from Glee) & New Directions – Tusker Project Fame – Rockabye baby – Addie – Duke – Postmodern Judebox – Megan Nicole, Tiffany Alvord featuring Eppic – Max Schneider & Kurt Schneider – Alex G – Joseph Vincent & David So & Paul Kim – Krystl featuring Skiggy Rapz – Leo Moracchioli (Acoustic cover) – Alex Hoyer – MattyBRaps.

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