A fun tidbit surrounding the greatest hockey player ever and the artist with the current #1 album in the country came out yesterday. With the 25th anniversary of Wayne Gretzky's shocking trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles looming Friday (August 9th), close friend to Gretzky, and Robin's father, Alan Thicke recalled:
I was reminded of it a few days ago on the occasion of the anniversary of his trade from Edmonton to Los Angeles (on Aug. 9, 1988). He was house-sitting at my house in L.A. the night he got traded. I was in Norway with my other son (Brennan), and Wayne and Janet were house-sitting for my son Robin (11 years old at the time). I called from Norway because I picked up the Oslo morning paper and saw pictures of Gretzky — but I couldn’t understand the text, of course. And I thought maybe there had been a fire, a mudslide, a drive-by shooting, who knows? So I called home, and I learned Wayne left early in the morning; he got traded last night. He got the call at about 9 p.m., and he was gone by 6 the next morning. So we had to find a substitute nanny instantly, which is not as bad as what Edmonton had to find to replace him.
So when Gretzky heard the news he was traded to L.A., he was with a young Robin Thicke?! Ha, that's fun to think about, but I can't help but think we were robbed of this story for so long. 1. Why hasn't Robin Thicke sang about this experience yet? 2. How come this tidbit didn't make the otherwise wonderful 30 For 30: "King's Ransom"? I'm (half) kidding about number 1 but totally serious on number 2. Regardless... cool story, bro.
To elaborate on news I mentioned in the opening: Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines is set to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts with HDD projecting 174K sold for the singer with the cool babysitter. Ha! Sorry, not going to be able to get this scenario out of my head. Maybe if my folks got Michael Jordan to babysit me, I would be the next John Legend right now?! I blame them that I'm blogging right now...
With the success of "Blurred Lines", the single, comes the album Blurred Lines soon after. July 30th to be exact. And today, the full tracklist is revealed — most notably with one feature everyone's going to look forward to: Kendrick Lamar. Not really diggin' the artwork though, Mr. Thicke.
ICYMI: the Jimmy Kimmel/Guillermo version of the "Blurred Lines" video is an absolute riot. Watch below and Robin Thicke & Pharrell's performance of "Blurred Lines" here.
Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell have the #1 single in the country AND ARE BLOCKING ALL THE GIRLS!
"Blurred Lines" is now the country's #1 single. Robin Thicke's smooth hit, amplified by it's sexy NSFW video (below), has climbed the Billboard Hot 100 charts all the way to #1. I gotta say that the #1 song in the country was higher than I thought it would get. Even the top 10. But I just underrated how much of a smooth summer jam this is. And don't get me wrong either, I vibe with this song. Thicke and Pharrell got the good vocals and T.I. with a very nice verse — all on top of the latest gem in Skateboard P productions. I let this ride out with the windows down when it comes up in the Shuffle or radio. Congrats to Robin Thicke on his first #1 Hot 100 single!
Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has catapulted to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week and is the U.K.'s fastest-selling single this year with 190K during the first week. With this success, Thicke is riding that momentum of the summer single for the release of his album of the same name on July 30th. I dig the strategy, especially with the album now two singles deep with the recent release of "4 The Rest Of My Life". I also suspect we see the release of a single with the potential to be the next hit because of features of Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz.
And if you're still unsure why "Blurred Lines" is #6 in the country, then you obviously haven't seen the explicit version of the video...