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Robin Thicke is a singer/songwriter and reality-television star known for major soul hits like "Lost Without U," "Magic" and "Sex Therapy."
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Born on March 10, 1977, in Los Angeles, California, Robin Thicke followed in the tradition of his entertainment parents (Gloria Loring and Alan Thicke) and pursued a singing career. He had a major hit with "Lost Without U" from his 2006 platinum album The Evolution of Robin Thicke. Other albums have included Something Else, Sex Therapy and Love After War. Thicke is married to actress Paula Patton.
"At 7 years old, I was listening to Michael Jackson and Prince; Van Halen and Poison. I didn't relate to the loud and long hair as much as I did the soulfulness."
"I never really try to plan my albums out, I just write what I'm going through and try to make songs that I would love to hear."
"When you listen to Jay-Z's music, you don't see his mother and father standing there ... But if you knew all of Jay-Z's family, you might think of him differently. With me, people still visualize my dad and that affects the origin of the music."
Robin Thicke was born on March 10, 1977, in Los Angeles, California, the son of singer/songwriter Gloria Loring and songwriter/television actor Alan Thicke. The younger Thicke took to music as well during his youth, and by his early teens began crafting tunes.
Thicke was signed to a production company by soul/adult contemporary artist Brian McKnight and, via that connection, would work with Interscope Records, going on to craft hits for a number of top recording artists. By his 20s, Thicke had decided that he wanted to enter the world of performance as well, and was subsequently mentored by Andre Harrell.
Backed by executive Jimmy Iovine, Thicke eventually released 2003's Beautiful World. The album featured "When I Get You Alone," which sampled the Walter Murphy disco hit "A Fifth of Beethoven" from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. (The video featured a long-haired Thicke riding through New York City as a bike messenger.)
World's sales didn't fare well, but Thicke persevered, continuing to write songs for others and eventually joining with R&B/hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams, whose label, Star Trak, had a distribution deal with Interscope. Under the imprint, Thicke released the 2006 album The Evolution of Robin Thicke, which featured the tender "Lost Without U." The hit was penned by Thicke himself and held the No. 1 spot on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop charts for weeks. Evolution, which went to No. 5 on Billboard's main albums chart and earned platinum status, also featured collaborations with songstress Faith Evans and rapper Lil Wayne.
Thicke came back in 2008 with the album Something Else, with the lead single "Magic" reaching the Top 10 on the R&B/hip-hop charts. The following year, Thicke released his fourth album, Sex Therapy, earning another No. 1 R&B spot with the smoldering title track. In December 2011, he put forth Love After War.
Robin Thicke's music and vocal styles are heavily influenced by 1970s soul, with the singer naming Marvin Gaye and Al Green among his influences. (He's also relied upon their work in prominent samples.) Thicke's sound has woven in other genres that include hip-hop, disco, electronic pop and symphonic compositions, with his lyrics ranging from romantic crooning to bedroom seduction to social commentary.
The singer has had a long-term relationship with actress Paula Patton, star of films like Hitch, Precious and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The two met and began dating as teens.
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