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Robin Thicke Talks Life After Paula

August 18th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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After a year-long hiatus, Robin Thicke is back in the spotlight to promote his new album, Morning Sun. Of course, he can’t even begin to discuss this recent project without addressing that last one and the train wreck that preceded it. So that’s exactly what he did during a recent interview with Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning.”

On his grieving process:

It was the right time. We shut off everything. We canceled everything, shut off everything. I just spent time with my family and my son.

At first, I poured it all into songwriting. Then, when it wasn’t well received, I realized I had lost my perspective. I just focused on my son, getting him up every day and taking him to school. Just being with him. When you have a kid, you can’t think about yourself all of the time. Just  some time to get perspective on everything.

On the Paula album being a mistake:

I had so many reasons to make that album and name it ‘Paula.’ At the time, I thought I was doing the right thing for everyone involved. But then, after I took some time off and had some perspective, I realized that I should have focused on my personal life first. Even if I wanted to write songs, I shouldn’t have tried to sell it, promote it, sing it. I wasn’t ready to publicly even speak about it.

On life after Paula:

Her and I were together for so long, your whole life revolves around each other. Once we were broken up, I had to open some other windows and that became a better relationship with my mother and father, a better relationship with my aunts and uncles, a better relationship with my cousins, my younger brother, and most importantly my son.

On the possibility of remarriage:

Yeah, that’s pretty far off. Jupiter far off. I’m a romantic. I’m a songwriter. My favorite city is Paris so anything could happen. It’s not in my plans right now. I’m married to this music.

On co-parenting with Paula:

Luckily, Paula is an amazing parent. Her mother, her family—we’re all in cahoots to give the kid the best life possible.

Watch Robin’s full interview below.

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No, Robin Thicke Did Not Propose To April Love Geary

August 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, it was reported  that Robin Thicke proposed to his 20-year-old girlfriend, April Love Geary after just a few months of dating.

“Robin recently proposed to April and she said yes,” a source close to the couple told Life & Style. “He doesn’t want to risk losing her.”

The so-called insider went on to say that Thicke’s parents felt that he was rushing considering that his divorce from ex-wife Paula Patton was just finalized back in March.

“Robin’s moving really quick with the relationship,” the source continued. “Both his parents have told him to take some time and not rush into marriage again so soon.”

Thicke has since taken to Twitter to deny the rumors. From the sounds of it, the fake story was planted to promote the crooner’s new single, “Back Together,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Since there’s obviously no engagement or engagement ring to fuss over, let us know what you think of the new track.

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Pharrell And Robin Thicke’s Settlement In “Blurred Lines” Case Reduced

July 16th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt ruled that the fine from the copyright infringement case for “Blurred Lines” versus Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” will be reduced from $7.4 million to $5.3 million, reports The Huffington Post.

Judge Krondstadt also ruled Marvin Gaye’s family will receive 50 percent of the song’s future royalties. Marvin Gaye’s family’s attorney Richard Busch said of the ruling:

“Mr. Thicke and Williams, and their legal team, among others, went on a public relations campaign after the jury’s verdict criticizing the verdict and saying the evidence did not support the finding of copyright infringement, and did not believe the decision on liability would therefore stand. The judge who actually heard all of the evidence disagreed. I am thrilled for the Gaye family, and the thoughtful members of the jury, who had to listen to all of that while remaining silent.”

The cut in retribution means Robin Thicke and Pharrell will only have to pay $5.3 million to the Gaye family. Originally, Marvin Gaye’s family was seeking $25 million in settlement money. In our original reports, it was revealed:

“Williams and Thicke walked away with more than $5 million each from profits, and the song earned $8 million in total revenue. It was also revealed that Thicke claimed he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs most of the time during recording, and doesn’t remember much of how the song came together. On the stand, Williams, who produced and sang on “Blurred Lines,” did agree that the song and “Got to Give It Up” sound similar, but he denied any intention to copy it. As reported by the New York Times, Williams stated that “I must have been channeling that feeling, that late-’70s feeling.” 

Despite the court ruling, many still debate whether or not “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” are identical in sound. But the music world is already reacting with Miguel crediting Bill Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins song “1979” on the new song “Leaves.”

“It’s all about respect,” Vulture quotes Miguel saying. Thoughts on the similarity?

 

Talk About Family Support: Alan Thicke Gets Busy To Son Robin Thicke’s Music

May 15th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The mere thought of my parents engaging in sexual activity makes me uncomfortable, so I know Robin Thicke was probably somewhere gagging when he learned that his 68-year-old father, Alan Thicke, listens to his music while making love. It was actually Alan’s 40-year-old wife, Tanya Callau, who spilled the beans to Us Weekly.

“When we do get freaky, we love [Robin’s song] ‘Sex Therapy,'” Callau shared. “You have to admit, it’s a great song to get in the mood.”

“Freaky to your son’s voice,” Alan said with a shrug.

After hearing about his stepmom’s comments, Robin responded on Twitter by telling his father that he would be confiscating all of his music.

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It’s cool that Robin was able to joke about something so awkward because I would have been mortified. But real talk, Tanya was probably better off keeping that information to herself. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by this though. In a 2013 interview, Robin discussed his wild childhood and  the parade of women that passed through his house.

“My dad was single my whole pubescent period. [Laughs] He had Ms. Alabama, Ms. Dominican Republic—every week. I was like, Dang, Pops. He had an indoor Jacuzzi, and he frequented it,” Robin said. “The first time I saw a nude woman was when I went to take a shower one morning before school. I was like, Who is this girl in my shower?”

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WCW: 15 Haute Mama Paula Patton Moments

April 1st, 2015 - By Rich
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Paula Patton is buzzing around discussing her divorce from Robin Thicke and how she actually just now feels like she’s becoming ‘an adult woman’ as she states she went from living at home to moving in with Robin Thicke at a very young age. But this 39-year-old mom is pushing life in high gear as she prepares for the release of her new film Warcraft and upcoming documentary Women Hyphenated.

The haute mama spoke with The Meredith Vieira Show and had this to say about her new phase in life:

Meredith: We are back with Paula Patton and you went through a very public breakup with Robin Thicke and everybody wants to know how you’re doing?

Paula: You know I’m doing really well. It’s been a long year and a lot of challenges but I’ve grown quite a bit and just getting used to change.

Meredith: That’s the hardest thing of all just accepting the new reality.

Paula: Absolutely it is and embrace it and just be thankful for everything I do have. I live in a place of gratitude and growing up in many ways I think, I moved from my parents hosue to moving in with Robin, and now I’m like becoming an adult at this old age. I’m really like a real woman now.

Meredith: Kids sometimes say things that really get to you and your son said something to you recently that I think a lot of working moms have had said to them and it’s a tough one. What did he say to you?

Paula: It is true. Really, I took a lot of time off to be with him and then I had to pack for a trip because I had to go to work and he said, ‘Mommy I don’t want you to go to work.’ It’s the challenge of being a working mother and it’s the first time he ever said that to me because I did work when he was a baby but now he is more aware of everything, so what are you going to do? It’s sort of the trials and tribulations of being a woman. Right?

Meredith: After you said that and then walked away.

Paula: I cried. I called my mom and I cried and she said, ‘Darling, I had to work. We all hear that.’

We celebrate her new lease on life, progress through ‘mom guilt’  and take a moment to check out some of her best fashion moments!

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WCW: 15 Haute Mama Paula Patton Moments

Paula Patton Shares Why Leaving Robin Thicke Was Such A Big Deal For Her

March 31st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While some hollered that they saw it coming from a mile away, personally, I was a little shocked when Paula Patton announced her separation from Robin Thicke last year. Sure, it was obvious that they were having problems, but for some reason, I just assumed they would work it out. Now that they’re mere weeks away from finalizing their divorce, Paula is opening up more and more about her decision to leave and what life has been like since the two have separated.

For one, the Baggage Claim actress says that the experience has been life changing because she’s never really been on her own before. She met Robin when she was just 14 years old and when she decided to move out of her parents’ home years later, she moved in with her childhood sweetheart.

“I moved from my parent’s house to moving in with Robin and now I’m becoming an adult,” she explained in an interview with Meredith Vieira. “I feel like a real woman now.”

As liberating as stepping out on her own may be, Paula says that it also comes with its challenges–like being a single mother.

“I took a lot of time off to be with him and then I had to pack for a trip because I had to go to work and he said, ‘Mommy I don’t want you to go to work,'” she shared. “It’s the challenge of being a working mother and it’s the first time he ever said that to me, because I did work when he was a baby, but now he is more aware of everything, so what are you going to do? It’s sort of the trials and tribulations of being a woman. Right?”

Overall, Paula says she’s doing well.

“You know I’m doing really well. It’s been a long year and a lot of challenges but I’ve grown quite a bit and just getting used to change,” she said.

As previously reported, Paula and Robin have already reached a divorce settlement. Their split will be finalized next month.

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“We Don’t Get A Dime” Marvin Gaye’s Sisters Want Some Of $7.4 Million

March 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If you had any doubt that the Gaye family was just trying to get a quick buck suing Pharrell and Robin Thicke for “Blurred Lines,” you need look no further than Marvin Gaye’s sisters Zeola and Jeanne Gaye who are now upset that they won’t be seeing a dime from the $7.4 million dollar fortune Gaye’s ex wife and children will soon inherit.

The sisters told The Daily Mail that they haven’t received anything from the estate and they have actually been banned from performing any of Marvin’s music, even though Zeola is one of the women doing the ad-libs for “Got to Give It Up.”

The drama started…or resurfaced shortly after the settlement when Jan Gaye, Marvin’s ex wife, accused the sisters of “picking on your brother’s bones” and dismissed their attempts to make peace.

Zeola and Jeanne, who are 69 and 78 respectively, say that though they played a huge role in their brother’s life, they are living in virtual poverty today.

Zeola told the Daily Mail,“Marvin didn’t leave a will and his estate went to his heirs which we agree with. But Jan controls it all and that’s why we do not get anything. The bottom line is that they get everything and we don’t get a dime. We try and live with that, but it is difficult. If I was given a few million, it would change my life a lot. Marvin would have hated to have seen us like this. He would have cared for us and made sure we were fine financially and with love.”

Zeola, a retired bookkeeper, said she’s tired of the negativity from her niece, and nephews and sister-in-law.

In fact, Zeola is even more distressed by the fact that she believes Marvin would be particularly hurt by all of this.

“It was a very sad end and that sadness would be greater if he knew the situation some of his family were in today.”

What do you think about all of this? Should Zeola and Jeanne expect money from this settlement?

Pharrell Believes The “Blurred Lines” Verdict Will Kill Artists’ Creativity

March 21st, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Pharrell is definitely not happy about something.

The talented rapper/producer discussed his thoughts on the verdict of a lawsuit for copyright infringement placed against him. The lawsuit, filed by Marvin Gaye’s family, requires Pharrell to pay the family $7.3 million after being found guilty.

In an interview with the Financial Times , Williams shared his thoughts. He stated,

“The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else. This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we’re going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas.”

Williams continued, “Everything that’s around you in a room was inspired by something or someone. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”

Interesting. What do you agree or disagree with Pharrell?

Paula Patton & Robin Thicke Reach Divorce Settlement

March 18th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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It’s as good as official. Robin Thicke’s attempts to “Get Her Back” did not work. According to TMZ, Paula Patton and her R&B singing husband have reached a settlement in their divorce.

Apparently, Paula filed legal documents on Tuesday confirming that both a property settlement and custody arrangements for the soon-to-be divorced couple’s son Julian have been agreed upon. Spousal and child support agreements have also been reached.

Unfortunately for nosy folks like us, the terms of the settlement are private. TMZ is claiming that wording of the filing seems to spell out that Paula will maintain primary custody, however, there’s nothing solid to confirm this. The divorce will not be finalized until April 14, six months after Paula’s initial filing.

As previously reported, the actress filed for divorce back in October, just seven months after she announced their separation.

Patton spoke about her impending divorce earlier this month. Though she admits that it’s been tough separating from her longtime love, she says she found happiness in their son.

“The thing is, you can’t wallow in sadness or stay in bed when you have a child,” said the Baggage Claim actress. “And they’re so full of life and wonder. And he brings me so much joy.”

The good news is that it seems like this has been a fairly amicable divorce.

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Is This The End of Robin Thicke?

March 11th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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You know, there was a time when I used to adore Robin Thicke.

It was around the time of his first single, “When I Get You Alone.”

The song was hot. However there was something uniquely interesting about Thicke’s appearance; particularly his long hair and grungy Kurt Cobain-look, which also added to his appeal. It didn’t seem forced or like he was trying to overstep boundaries like so many other White entertainers who dibbled and dabbled in soul music at the time. Instead, he embodied all the elements of a cool White “urban” dude who just happened to have a decent voice and appreciation for soulful music.

And I could dig it. Soul music has produced a number of legitimately great Blue-eyed artists over the years. Teena Marie is one. Michael McDonald is another. And honestly, I thought that Thicke, who also played live instruments, could have been one of the good ones too. But for whatever reason that version of Thicke never did catch on.

I was reintroduced to Thicke during an India Arie concert held several years back in the outskirts of Philadelphia. It was on the eve of his return to music and he was Arie’s opening act. I took joy in being one of only five other Black people at this predominately Black concert who actually knew who the hell he was. But I was also disappointed because who I was seeing, wasn’t the same Thicke.

First one, he’d cut he hair. Secondly, he wasn’t in the grungy bike message outfit anymore; instead, he wore a suit and dress shoes. And even his music got a bit more provocative but still romantic. He was a mature family man now with grown man wants and needs. Everything about his new image felt like he was trying to cash in on what was happening now in Soul music. I wanted not to be mad. It wasn’t his fault that people weren’t feeling the stuff he was doing before. And clearly it appeared to be working. By the end of his set, the once hesitant and indifferent Philly audience gave him a rousing applause. A few folks even yelled out, “Go ‘head White boy…”

And he most certainly did go on. But as time and album sales progress, Thicke’s image also went through another transformation. Instead of the family man, he started hanging out late nights with the rappers. He wore sunglasses indoors and began talking like Rat Pack members. His love songs were replaces with tracks about blurring lines. He was cocky and obnoxious and a far cry away from the cute White boy with the decent voice.

It is a good thing that this verdict in the “Blurred Lines/Got To Give It Up” case came down the way that it did. Not just for the sake of the estate of Marvin Gaye. And not just so that I can say I told you so in what had to be the most unnecessary divisive pop culture issue in the Black community. But also for the sake of Thicke. Perhaps this verdict is the wake up call he needs? Maybe now he’ll realize that it is time to ditch those stupid sun shades, get himself into a good rehab program where he can get his mind right and get back to the old Thicke? I mean, he don’t have to grow out his hair or anything, but at least he can stop being so sleazy.

With that said even with a complete 180 shift, it might be too late for Thicke’s career. At least in R&B and Soul genre anyway.

Even with the best and most popular “urban” producers and songwriters at his disposal, I just don’t see Thicke being able to regain the trust of the very loyal fan base, who got him on top. The fan base, which he worked so hard over the years to appeal to with his various makeovers. In particular, those Black fans who fought tooth and nail in defense of Thicke, even going as far as to throw out terms like “reverse racism” and make claims of bigotry at other people who rightfully pointed out the similarities between both tracks. It sounds in jest, but those arguments got pretty divisive and ugly and included lots of deep-seated racial conflicts based around historical realities.

For instance, one of the more popular arguments was that “we” – as in other Black people who happened to side with the estate of Marvin Gaye – had no problem with Black rappers sampling other people’s music. While it has been true that many Black producers and DJs had a long history of abusing the sampling machine, it has also been true that many of those same entertainers have been successfully sued in courts for copyright infringement.

As noted by Public Enemy’s Chuck D in this archived interview from Stay Free! Magazine:

Corporations found that hip-hop music was viable. It sold albums, which was the bread and butter of corporations. Since the corporations owned all the sounds, their lawyers began to search out people who illegally infringed upon their records. All the rap artists were on the big six record companies, so you might have some lawyers from Sony looking at some lawyers from BMG and some lawyers from BMG saying, “Your artist is doing this,” so it was a tit for tat that usually made money for the lawyers, garnering money for the company. Very little went to the original artist or the publishing company.”

And yet while the record companies and their lawyers are making fortunes reclaiming “their” music from the rappers, many Black entertainers have yet to see a dime for the years of their own work being stolen and misappropriated.

This includes Pat Boone, who made an entire fortune off of revamping Black music for White consumption. Since it was the 50s, everything was segregated. And since white people owned everything including the radios, it was extremely unlikely that Black artist found their ways to the airways. Boone began recording in 1954 and gain massive success with his Wonder Bread-version of Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That a Shame.” And throughout his career, he would re-image the work of dozens of popular Black artists including Little Richard, The El Dorados and even Nat King Cole – most times without their consent and pre-approval.

Even worse Boone has always been a hard right conservative, who not only was a huge supporter of Ronald Reagan, but also a “birther,” who thinks President Barack Obama is Arab Muslim with a photoshopped birth certificate and therefore, disqualified for the presidency of the United States. And this proves once again that not everyone who performs – or even likes – Black music, actually likes Black people.

And I’m not saying that Thicke is some closet racist like Boone. I surely hope not! But it is going to be hard for many folks to now think about Thicke – and this whole mess involving the estate of Marvin Gaye – without thinking about Boone and all the misappropriation and flat-out exploitation of Black music over the decades. I mean, he filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against the estate, in lieu of just paying them off. Short of wearing an afro and Dashiki and singing protest songs in the key of #BlackLivesMatter, there isn’t an revamped image cool enough on this planet to make people forget about that.

Honestly, Pharrell and T.I, who were co-defenders in this lawsuit, should be on the music shit list too. And likely they are. I can certainly see some of the higher up music executives thinking the two are liabilities now. With that said, (and if I can be uber-frank here) Pharrell and T.I. are Black . And as much as some folks might want to trade them away in the racial draft (and as much as they both might want to leave voluntarily) we are all stuck together on this ship called the U.S. White supremacy.

Thicke, on the other hand, is a privileged White guy with lots of options musically to go. And if Black people have to work twice as hard in society for half as much, he should be given those same expectations in respects to our culture. Therefore, his soul music pass just might be revoked.