Robin Thicke has posted extracts of each song on his forthcoming album ‘Blurred Lines’ online.
The album will be released on July 15, but you can hear it below. It’s expected to top the album chart, just as his single of the same name, featuring T.I and Pharrell Williams did in the single chart. The song is currently both the fastest-selling and second-best-selling song of the year, behind Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’.
The lyrics to the song and accompanying video have been criticised for being derogatory to women and for the gratuitous amounts of female flesh on display. The unrated version of the video, meanwhile, has been banned from YouTube altogether.
When asked about the video by GQ, Thicke commented: “People say, ‘Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?’ I’m like, ‘Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before. I’ve always respected women’. So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, ‘Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around’.”
The director of the video Diane Martel also defended the video, saying: “I wanted to deal with the misogynist, funny lyrics in a way where the girls were going to overpower the men. Look at Emily Ratajkowski’s performance; it’s very, very funny and subtly ridiculing. That’s what is fresh to me.”