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Robin Charles Thicke (born March 10, 1977) is a R&B and soul singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and occasional actor.
Robin Charles Thicke was born to vocalist Gloria Loring and Canadian entertainer Alan Thicke (best known for his role on the sitcom Growing Pains). At a young age, Thicke showed an interest in music and has often cited classic soul singers like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder as his influences. At the ages of 12 and 13, Thicke was a guest actor on several episodes of The Wonder Years and Growing Pains (Such as the episode "Mom of the Year". He is the kid in the blue jacket with the ice cream cone). He decided to pursue a music career at the age of sixteen, Thicke became a friend to the president of Uptown Records, Andre Harrell, and struck a deal with the fledgling Nu America Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records.
As an artist, he recorded and performed solely under his surname, Thicke. He would continue to do so until 2005.
In 2005, Thicke performed as a guest on the remix of Will Smith's international hit, "Switch". After being signed to The Neptunes label, Star Trak, he began working on his second album entitled The Evolution of Robin Thicke. The first single, "Wanna Love U Girl", featured producer Pharrell and experienced chart success on urban radio in the United Kingdom. For the video, Thicke changed his appearance, cutting off his trademark long hair. In 2006, a remix version of the song was filmed with rapper Busta Rhymes.
His second single, the ballad "Lost Without U" began getting a lot of radio airplay in Urban & Rhythmic stations towards the end of 2006 and early 2007. He also sang it on Oprah and American Idol. With the assistance of radio airplay the song became his breakout hit, reaching as high as number fourteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the first caucasian artist to top that chart since George Michael. The singer performed this popular single on Good Morning America in June. "Lost Without U" became Thicke's first number one hit on the R&B singles chart and he became the first white male artist since George Michael to top the chart.
With album sales over 1.3 million copies sold domestically after the re-release as a Deluxe Edition (with three new bonus tracks) on February 13, 2007, The Evolution of Robin Thicke has become a commercial success in the United States. The album has currently peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart NETQUOTEVAR:1, garnering Thicke his first R&B number one album of his career. From February 24, 2007 to March 3, 2007 the single "Lost Without U" and album The Evolution of Robin Thicke simultaneously spent two consecutive weeks at number one on the R&B singles and albums charts respectively. On the March 3, 2007 issue of Billboard magazine, Thicke simultaneously topped four Billboard charts; Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, and Hot Adult R&B Airplay.
In April 2007 It's been announced that Thicke will be the opening act for Beyoncé's world wide tour, The Beyoncé Experience. It is likely that he is slated to be performing during the North American leg of the tour only. Also he is planning a one off UK concert in London's Koko Arena on the 24th of September in 2007. Thicke is also currently working on his third studio album, which is reportedly "almost done". As of yet this new album does not have a known name or a release date