How much is Robin Thicke worth?
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Date of Birth:||March 10, 1977|
|Country:||United States of America|
“My mom was the singer and my dad was the schmoozer. He’s the king of the schmooze.” — Robin Thicke
Who Is Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke is the son of Canadian actor Alan Thicke and singer-actress Gloria Loring. As a pre-teen and teenager, he made a string of appearances on TV shows, but ultimately decided to pursue a career in music instead of acting.
While still in his mid-to-late teens, he signed a record deal with Interscope Records subsidiary Nu America, headed by well-known music mogul Andre Harrell. Initially, he focused on songwriting, and crafted lyrics for several R&B; acts, including Brandy, Mya and Usher.
Born: Robin Charles Thicke on March 10, 1977; raised in the Los Angeles area.
Stepping Into the Spotlight
Eventually, Thicke began to work on material for his own debut album. His debut album was going to be released under the title Cherry Blue Skies on Nu America/Interscope in October 2002. However, eventually his label repackaged and released the album with new songs included under the title A Beautiful World in 2003. The woman who appears on the album’s cover is said to be his wife, the actress Paula Patton.
To date, A Beautiful World has still sold under 100,000 copies, but has been a critical success. Rap artist Lil’ Wayne recorded a remake of Thicke’s song “Oh, Shooter” (retitled “Shooter”), which can be found on Wayne’s 2005 album, The Carter II. The two performed the song on “The Tonight Show” on Jan. 6, 2006.
Afterward, through word-of-mouth, it became a minor hit, with their performance on the show being spread via numerous Internet sites, thereby raising Thicke’s profile in the music world.
In 2005, hitmaker Pharell Williams (who’s half of the Neptunes production duo) took an interest in Thicke’s career and brought Thicke (now going by his full name, Robin Thicke) to the Star Trak imprint, which like Nu America, is an imprint of Interscope Records.
After many delays and pushbacks, Thicke’s second album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke, was released in October 2006. Thanks to the surprise hit ballad “Lost Without U,” the album became a success. Thicke’s third album, Something Else, dropped in September 2008 and established Thicke as a bona fide, respected R&B;/Soul artist who wasn’t a one-hit wonder.
On his third album, Something Else (released in the U.S. on Sept. 30, 2008), Blue-Eyed Soul singer Robin Thicke continues his evolution as a person and an artist. The album, which is the follow-up to his 2006 breakthrough The Evolution of Robin Thicke, is a little more mature, a little more sexy and a little more polished than his first two albums. The new album’s also essentially a tribute to ’70s Soul music, particularly that of the late, great Marvin Gaye. The album isn’t entirely retro though; it somehow manages to expertly – and easily – walk the fine line between classic and modern-day Soul music.
If you’ve ever wondered how Robin Thicke, a white male who was born the child of two famous and wealthy entertainers (vocalist Gloria Loring and Canadian actor Alan Thicke) wound up with so much overflowing soul, a large part of the answer is within the songs on his third album, Something Else. Thicke is clearly a man who grew up listening to – and loving – the music of ’70s Soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder and especially Marvin Gaye. Some songs seem like outright tributes to the dearly departed Mr. Gaye, including the sultry opening track, “You’re My Baby,” on which he sweetly coos in a falsetto almost identical to Marvin’s, and the super-sensual “Loverman,” an amazing track on which the ghosts of Marvin are so abundant, you can almost hear them singing background.
The most obvious reference to Marvin, however, is on maybe the album’s best song, “Dreamworld,” a beautifully melancholy track in which Robin sings about what his version of utopia would be like: “I would tell (Vincent) van Gogh that he was loved, there’s no need to cry/I would say to Marvin Gaye that your father didn’t want you to die/There would be no black and white, the world would just treat my wife right/We could walk down in Mississippi and no one would look at us twice.” The latter line refers to his spouse (the actress Paula Patton, who’s African American) and the problems that they’ve had encountering racism in the South.
Hope & Love
Another sort-of homage to the ’70s is the album’s string instrument-driven first single, “Magic,” which is a hopeful, sunny track about the power of love. As singles go, it’s more upbeat and energetic than “Lost Without You,” which was the big hit ballad from Thicke’s last album, but in many ways, its just as good, if not better. Unfortunately, the “Magic” remix, which features Thicke along with Mary J. Blige,” was left off the final version of the album.
But not the entire album is an exercise in reaching back to the past. There’s other material that’s rooted in the modern day, such as the album’s one big “message” song, “Tie My Hands,” an ode to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina featuring rapper – and New Orleans native – Lil’ Wayne. Unlike most of the dozens of other Katrina songs that have cropped up since the hurricane, this one’s not overtly angry, though it does carry a weariness within it, the same sort of weariness that New Orleans residents who survived the storm probably feel on a daily basis now. The song begins with some words of wisdom from Mr. Thicke: “The sky is falling and the only thing that can save us now is sensitivity and compassion.” And even the frequently negative Wayne has some very clear words of hope and encouragement on his second verse: “And if you come from under that water then there’s fresh air/Just breathe, baby, breathe, God’s got a blessing to spare/Yes, I know the process is so much stress, but it’s the progress that feels the best.”
“The Evolution of Robin Thicke”
On his second album, Robin Thicke (formerly known as just ‘Thicke’) evolves from the raw Blue-Eyed Soul of his first album (2003’s A Beautiful World) and into smooth R&B-Pop.; The results aren’t bad, but neither are they stellar. The album’s solid, but not spectacular. The vocals are good, but not great. The song arrangements are sunny, but not stunning. So, to put it simply: The Evolution of Robin Thicke is an okay album, but Thicke’s personal evolution seems to still be a work-in-progress.
“Evolution” – or Devolution?
When Robin Thicke released his debut album, A Beautiful World in 2003, many who copped it knew that he was a special vocalist who probably had a bright future ahead of him. His dreamy, Soul-tastic vocals on such songs as the bank robbery tale “Oh Shooter” was just one of the many outstanding tracks on the album.
But the problem was: even though fans of the album knew he was a superior vocalist, not enough people bought the album to make it a commercial success. So now, three years later, Thicke is back. And this time he’s allied with producer Pharrell Williams (of the Neptunes) and the two of them have taken Thicke’s music in a more mainstream direction.
This is both good and bad, with examples of the good being “Got 2 Be Down” and “Cocaine.” The bad, however, is exemplified by the Pharrell-produced first single, “Wanna Love You.” “Wanna Love You” typifies the Neptunes’ mixed track record when it comes to producing tracks for singers, particularly Thicke, Kelis and Sleepy Brown. Neither Pharrell nor the Neptunes as a unit seem to understand that what works for rappers – fast-paced tracks with hard percussion – doesn’t necessarily work for singers, especially someone with a soft, romantic style like Thicke’s.
Fortunately, despite the production miscues, there’s also a lot of good on the album. In fact, things start off on a very good note with the aforementioned “Got 2 Be Down,” an uptempo, old-school R&B-type; track featuring the always refreshing Faith Evans. “Got 2 Be Down” utilizes Thicke’s vocal talents perfectly, as do a few other songs, including the funky Neptunes-produced track “Cocaine” (no, it’s not a cover of the Eric Clapton classic), the Latin-tinged “Everything I Can’t Have” and the power ballad “To the Sky.”
One of the problems with the album is that some of the songs are just flat-out dull. Boring. Unexciting. Not interesting. You get the point. Thicke may be expressing his innermost feelings on such songs as “Would That Make You Love Me” and “Lost Without U,” but the songs simply don’t connect with the listener because they don’t carry any emotional impact despite the sometimes lush production. Even Lil’ Wayne, who makes a guest appearance on “All Night Long,” doesn’t bring any excitement.
So even though there’s plenty of good on the 16-song album, there’s also a good deal of mediocrity. let’s just hope that as Thicke continues to evolve, he’s able to find a happy medium between bona fide Soul and urban pop.