Folks are really tired of hearing Robin Thicke belly ache about losing Paula Patton, huh? His new album — named “Paula,” in case you forgot — has sold 530 copies during its debut week in the UK. It’s debuting on the Official UK Chart at number 200.
As we all know well, Robin has been on a crusade to get his wife back after his shenanigans put their marriage on the rocks. This musical ode to Paula has been getting a lot of criticism for it’s nonsensical lyrics, creepy video, and just an overall pining for his lady love that’s making people a little uncomfortable. (Though, full disclosure, I don’t think the video is awful. The look of it is interesting, no?)
As part of the promotion, he’s been making lots of appearances, the latest at the BET Awards, saying openly that he’s working hard to get Paula back. Then he had an #AskThicke Twitter Q&A that, of course, brought out the best in people who asked things like, “What makes you think Paula Deen is even interested in you?”
According to The Guardian, “Blurred Lines” sold 25,981 copies its first week in the UK, so this is a far cry from his previous success. Sales in the US aren’t expected to be very good either with between 20,000 and 25,000 copies anticipated to move. “If ‘Paula’ sells as forecasted, it would tally the smallest debut for Thicke since “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” bowed with 20,000 in 2007,” Billboard says. The magazine adds, in a separate article, that it could be the biggest flop of the year. A year, remember, in which J. Lo and Mariah Carey have both had flops.
We wondered about the impact this album could have on Thicke’s career, and now we know. Your thoughts?