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The King Of New Jack Swing: 11 Hit Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Teddy Riley Wrote And Produced

August 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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A majority of the music we were jamming to in the late ’80s and early ’90s we can thank Teddy Riley for. One of the big New Jack Swing producers of the time, Riley made hits for all your favorite artists. Jams for Heavy D. “Remember The Time” for Michael Jackson? Yeah, that was him. He also collaborated with Jay Z (“City is Mine”). And it should be known that all Guy songs and Blackstreet jams (“No Diggity” anyone?) were brought to fruition with the help of Riley. He’s a genius really. And while we knew he was behind some major hits, there are others we found out about that surprised us, like the following songs:


“It’s In The Mornin’” by Robin Thicke feat. Snoop Dogg

The song, off of Thicke’s Sex Therapy: The Session album 2009), was probably the biggest hit on the CD next to the song the album is named after. It was the anthem for those who enjoy fooling around first thing in the morning.

Paula Who? Robin Thicke Reportedly Rebounding With Katie Holmes

August 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last month, we told you that Robin Thicke was done groveling for another chance with his estranged wife, Paula Patton. Now, the rumor mill is speculating that he has already moved on to another woman.  According to MSN’s Celebrity Fix, the “Blurred Lines” singer is seeing actress Katie Holmes.

“She dropped him an email recently to see how he was, knowing he was going through divorce hell,” an insider told New Idea. “And he was so happy to hear from her.”

Apparently, the two plan to get together in New York once Robin’s tour concludes.

“They’ve arranged a date in New York after his tour ends this month. Everyone’s encouraging this as they have so much in common and if anyone can get him over Paula, it’s Katie.”

Sources go on to claim that Katie first met the soul singer during her marriage to Tom Cruise on the set of “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” while Paula and Tom were shooting scenes together.

“Robin totally leaned on Katie,” the source continued. “As she was in the same boat with Suri, who was four at the time.”

“She was invaluable with her advice on looking after a new baby. They bonded over tips and music after he heard her sing to Suri.”

We’re not sure how true these rumors are, but do you think Robin and Katie would make a good match?

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: Has Robin Thicke Already Moved On From Paula Patton?

August 5th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you last month that Robin Thicke’s camp stated that the singer was giving up all his public bids to get estranged wife Paula Patton back after the performances, the video and the album named after her didn’t seem to work. From then on, the estranged couple put their marital home in LA up for sale, and have continued on with their business separately.

Thicke was recently spotted on a camping trip with his son Julian Fuego, and a young woman who was frolicking with Thicke and the little boy as they played in the water and set up camp in Lake Perris, California. Thicke and the young woman seemed very close and comfortable with one another, and it got rumors started that she might be the new lady in the crooner’s life. It also caused a little controversy because Thicke was supposed to be performing a concert in Indiana the day he was spotted on the beach, but bailed out. However, Thicke’s people are saying that everything isn’t what it seems.



The singer’s reps reached out to TMZ to say that the woman he was spotted with is simply his nanny. Thicke claims that he’s not seeing anyone new and isn’t looking to at the moment. As for why he was a no show at his concert in Indiana but was seen frolicking on the beach in Cali instead, Thicke says that he was dealing with some bad vocal issues. Instead of putting on a bad show, he thought it would be a good idea to rest his voice and instead, spend some time with his boy. So there you have it. Thicke claims that he’s not looking for anything right now, and instead, he’s just trying to bond with Julian. This is good news for me, because I’m still hoping that Thicke and Patton will be able to work things out sooner or later…

When A Woman’s Fed Up: 15 Celebrities Who Were Smart Enough To Leave Their Men

August 1st, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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With the drama between Apollo Nida and estranged wife Phaedra Parks, MadameNoire complied a list of 15 celebrities who left their men for cheating, lies and schemes. These ladies were fed up with it all and decided to move on with their lives.

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Apollo Nida was upset with Parks for not showing up at his sentencing. “She didn’t even turn up for the f****** sentencing,” he said. But when a woman’s fed up, she’s gone. And that’s exactly what happened. It doesn’t seem like their marriage will be able to last the eight years he’ll spend in prison for identity theft and fraud. But regardless of what advice Parks gets, she seems to have made up her mind that their marriage is done. She’s busy trying to take care of herself and two sons with her book, Secrets of the Southern Belle.

10 Celebrity Homes That Will Blow Your Mind

July 25th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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If you made millions of dollars how would you use it? Would you buy a fancy car, or the baddest jewels you have ever seen? Every star is different though most enjoy living in a beautiful crib. Guess we would too. Take a look at these 10 celebrity homes that will make you want to upgrade your pad right now.

Robin Thicke Reportedly Giving Up On Trying To Mend Marriage With Paula

July 24th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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According to TMZ, Robin Thicke is having a change of heart when it comes to his much ballyhooed sympathy tour (which included the album Paula) and attempts to get Paula Patton back. After putting out an album of songs saying he’s sorry and watching it only sell 24,000 copies in its first week, people in the singer’s camp say he’s throwing in the towel.

The first sign that he was giving up came via the news this week that the couple are selling their L.A. home (which according to TMZ, Patton has not lived in since they separated). Now sources from Thicke’s camp say that although neither party has a divorce lawyer, Thicke has enlisted an attorney to prepare a financial settlement so that the couple can separate their assets peacefully.

However, Thicke’s team does say that even though he’s tired of putting himself out there in an attempt to reconcile, he won’t be the one to file for divorce–Patton will have to make that move and then he will sign.

I wonder if these two sought out counseling or if Patton is really just done with Thicke and the fame he let go to his head after “Blurred Lines”? And while I think the performances and album could have been a nice gesture, all that seemed more for him and his career than for her and their family. But what do you think?

Perhaps It’s Really Over: Robin Thicke And Paula Patton Put Marital Home Up For Sale

July 23rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Initially, there was a lot of speculation regarding how permanent the Robin Thicke-Paula Patton split would be. Some even thought their public separation to be a publicity stunt that would give both of their careers a boost. But with album sales for Robin’s heart-wrenching “Paula” album in the toilet and Paula’s last major movie role being “Baggage Claim,” we have no choice but to assume that this probably isn’t the case.

Now, it appears that the couple is making steps towards closing the marital chapter of their lives. According to The Hollywood Reporter, after five months of separation, the estranged couple has put their Hollywood Hills mansion up for sale. The asking price for the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom pad is $2.985 million. It originally belonged to Robin’s father, actor Alan Thicke, but was passed down to the R&B crooner in 2005.

As you’ve probably heard at this point, Paula announced her separation from Robin back in February.

“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” she said in an official statement.

Sadly, the announcement came after nearly 10 years of marriage. Earlier this month, Robin spoke about the demise of their union with Hot 97 and he appeared to be assuming most of the blame.

“At this point in our relationship, the only reason we aren’t together are the choices I’ve made,” he confessed.

It looks like it’s really over. We’re wishing both Robin and Paula the best. Hopefully they can take the lessons learned from this experience and avoid making similar mistakes in the future.

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1-800-Flowers Has Robin Thicke-Themed Apology Bouquets For Sale

July 11th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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robin thicke flowersWe seriously thought this was a hoax when we first saw it, but it looks to be real.

1-800-Flowers, the online flower purveyor, has a special going on right now offering a free download of a Robin Thicke song from his new album “Paula” when you buy one of two bouquets of flowers: the “Forever Love” or “Get Her Back” arrangements. Both are in the “I’m Sorry” category of bouquets.

“Looking for a guaranteed way to get her back?” the company asks. Their answer is the “Get Her Back” bouquet, made of 100 long-stem roses and “[i]nspired by Robin Thicke’s hit single” at a cost of $350.

“We’re sure she’ll get the message,” it continues.

The “Forever Love” bouquet is for someone you haven’t wronged too much: it’s a dozen ($64.99) or 18 long-stem roses ($89.99).

You’ll get the free digital download if you enter the promo code THICKE when you check out.

This is not the way to get anything back. This is actually the opposite of getting her back.

We’ve been in touch with 1-800-Flowers to learn a little more about where this promo came from. It’s unclear from the language on the site whether this is something that’s been worked out with Robin Thicke or something that 1-800-Flowers came up with on their own. We’ll update this story when we hear back.

Uproxx has a lot of fun with the promotion, noting the Twitter Q&A fail recently with the #AskThicke hashtag and the poor sales of the “Paula” album. If this is an attempt to boost sales of the album, it’s questionable. On top of that, if Paula Patton wasn’t won over by the album, the music video, and all of Robin Thicke’s performances, I can’t see her being won over by having some of “her” songs used as a sales promotion.

Why Robin Thicke’s Public Apology Falls On Deaf Ears

July 9th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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So I listened to Robin Thicke’s “Baby, baby please, I’m down on my knees, begging you to come back to me” album and I swear this is not an outrage piece.

Rather, this is more of an exploration into the merits of the public apology. For the record: I am totally against it. And I’ll explain more later. But before that, let’s talk about the effectiveness of Thicke’s tactic of reconciliation. I’m not quite sure if that will work neither.

As just an album, Paula has lots to be desired. And as an public apology the album’s message of “forgive me, baby, baby please” also seems kind of half-ass. As pointed out in a wonderful list of fun facts about the Paula album, Aliya King writes in Vibe Magazine that “Robin really dropped the ball on the album cover. The album is called Paula. But the cover photo is Robin looking pensive? No. The cover photo was supposed to be an old-school picture of Robin and Paula together back in high school. Or a baby picture of Paula. Or one of their wedding photos or something.”

Outside of the questionable album art, there were other elements of Thicke-centeredness featured on the album,. In fact, what is supposed to be a public apology at times sounds more like some personal peacocking and ego-stroking. First there was the sound. If Thicke was channelling the sultry coolness of Marvin Gaye before, he was definitely aiming and reaching for the more soulful sincerity of Bill Withers. Reaching is the emphasis here. Songs like Lock the Door and Black Tar Cloud had all the hallmarks of a classic Withers’ tune, but without the feeling. There are other noticeable musical influences including Bobby Day (“Rockin Robin”), Frank Sinatra (as well as other members of the Rat Pack) and of course, more Marvin Gaye. Just like his Withers’ homage, Thicke produces a sound, which is close but ultimately comes across as a cheap caricature.

In fact, despite the ’50′s through ’70′s old soul flavor, its overall tone and complexity is reminiscent of the public apologies put-ons, which was all the rage in the earlier parts of this century. And according to King of Vibe Magazine, I might be on to something as: “ This album is similar in tone and scope to Usher’s 2004 opus, Confessions. Fun Fact: a pre-fame Robin Thicke wrote “Can You Handle It” for the Confessions album. Funner fact: There’s an interlude on the song with a woman’s voice speaking—it’s Robin’s then-girlfriend, a pre-fame Paula Patton.

So basically, this is Confessions, part III: the overkill. Here’s another fun fact: despite Usher’s milking up all the controversy the album produced during its alleged confessional of his past relationship with Chili from TLC, the album was actually about Jermaine Dupri’s love life. And while that doesn’t change musically the appeal of the Confessions album, the confusion over who the protagonist in the “story,” is what ultimately helped to move some units.

On Paula, Thicke doesn’t try to dupe us with his main characters, it is hard to hear how any of it relates to the theme. In fact, some of the songs didn’t even have actual lyrics like Whatever I Want, which sounds more like the background music in one of those retro-films about the porn industry – think Boogie Nights. And then there are songs like the 50s-inspired “Tippy Toes” and “Living In NYC,” which sound lots like fillers and seemingly have little to do with the album’s alleged aims of courting his wife back.

The uptempo- “Too Little Too Late” is a cute change from the album’s mostly one sad note format. And so is “Love Can Grow Back,” which for a split second I thought was going to be a sweet song about Paula but no, it’s still about him. More specifically he tells Paula in the song: “With your new nails on my backs, your new nails on my back/ You be scratching and scratching my itch.”

Yeah because scratching his “itch” is exactly what I want to hear in an apology about how bad you feel for brazenly slinging your married D around the planet. “Forever Love” is probably the most apologetic song on the album, but even that sounds like faux-easy rock listening. Like this is the part of he movie where the couple meets at the airport – just before she is about to board the plane – and they hug, confess their love and walk out together holding hands. We are misty eyed and lovestruck for this fictitious couple, but nobody cares about the background song. That what this album is: the background music in cheesy chick flicks that folks somewhat care about.

And again if not for the album’s name, we would be hard pressed to find a concurrent theme in this body of work, other than co-opting old songs from the 50s through the 70s. It’s very hodgepodge and very rushed. And I’m not quite sure how any of this will get her back? I’m certain Robin, who admittedly hasn’t seen or heard from his wife in four months, doesn’t neither. He just wanted to make another album.

The whole thing reminds me of a personal situation I was going through several years ago. I was dating this dude and we had been going hard with each other for a few months. He was fast and intense, confessing all sorts of wonderful things about “love” in my ear. I was caught up too with him. I thought it was one of those whirlwind relationships you see in one of those campy chick flicks with the Robin Thicke background music, where folks fall in love at first sight and live happily ever after. Well turns out it wasn’t. In fact, he had a whole other chica on the side he was wooing with the same rap.

Worse I didn’t find out about his other lady until I happened upon them hugged up together at a public venue. Needless to say, I snapped on him – publicly. A few months ago, we would reunite. Not fully over everything but still feeling him none the less, I convinced myself that everyone makes mistakes and that I should give him another chance (plus back then, I wasn’t trying to be by myself). It was going good until he decided to take me back to the same venue and – in front of everybody- gave a little speech, apologizing for cheating and embarrassing me in public. The public loved it, but me: not so much.

For one, none of those people he was apologizing in front of, were there the night that the original incident went down, so in essence, he just managed to put me out there – twice. And for two, I was the one, who had been wronged, not the general public. So what was the point of falling on your sword in such an loud manner? Other than sympathy? And right on cue, the audience “ooohed” and “awwed’ at his public apology. They offered him encouraging words about how brave it was for him to do that. And then they turned to me. In fact, the entire incident left a bad taste in my mouth and about a month or so later, I finally summoned the courage to call it quits with him.

And that is the major problem I have with public apologies: it’s really not about seeking forgiveness from the victim but more about clearing the conscious of perpetrator. These faux displays of reconciliation are more about making it possible for Thicke to say: “welp, I did my best,” when in actuality he hadn’t done his best. He did the bare minimum. But now he gets to rest easy on a comfy pillow, while Paula possibly is up all night, wondering if she is a good or bad person for not accepting his public “apology.”

Paula if you are reading this: the answer is nope. You are not a bad person. It’s just that he is not really sorry. Perhaps, just sorry.

Another Reason He’s Got That Sad Face: No One Is Buying Robin Thicke’s New Album

July 8th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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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?