Robin Thicke


R&B singer, actor, and songwriter Robin Thicke is a talented guy - but he sure was born into the right family. The son of actor Alan Thicke and actress/singer Gloria Loring, Robin's natural charisma didn't go unnoticed; his parents began using their connections in Hollywood to land Robin acting roles from an early age, including bit parts in sitcoms like The Wonder Years and Growing Pains. Though a consummate actor, Robin's first and foremost passion was singing. Inspired by radio hits from Motown legends like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers, Thicke began developing his powerful, soulful voice from an early age.

Originally billing himself simply as Thicke (he has since begun recording and performing under his full name, Robin Thicke), Robin secured a record deal with Nu America Records, a sublabel of Interscope Records. Headed by pop culture tastemaker Andre Harrell (Babyface, Lenny Kravitz), Nu America was struggling to get off the ground at the time they signed Thicke. He began recording an album called Cherry Blue Skies in 2001, though the album was never released due to budgetary constraints at Nu America. After numerous delays it was instead re-released in 2003 as A Beautiful World, which went on to move a modest 63,000 copies based on the success of the single "When I Get You Alone".

Though Thicke's debut album didn't sell as well as Nu America had hoped, he managed to hang in the music industry as a songwriter, penning a number of pop-tinged hits for artists as diverse as Usher, Britney Spears, and Marc Anthony throughout 2004 and 2005. His songwriting work introduced him to Pharrell Williams - one half of production duo The Neptunes and member of indie rock band N.E.R.D. - known for his work behind the scenes with artists like Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. With Pharrell lending his talent to production, Robin Thicke began recording his second album The Evolution of Robin Thicke in late 2004. The album saw a late 2006 release, and was far more successful than A Beautiful World, eventually earning a Platinum certification by the RIAA and moving in excess of 1.5 million copies. The Evolution of Robin Thicke featured guest appearances by songstress Faith Evans and now-ubiquitous rapper Lil' Wayne, spawning a number of singles including "Lost Without U" and "Can U Believe".

After appearing as the opening act for Beyonce's North American tour in 2007, Robin returned to the studio to begin working on his third album, Something Else, which was released in late 2008. Continuing with the contemporary-yet-classy R&B sound that made The Evolution of Robin Thicke such a hit, Something Else is poised to put Thicke back on the charts. Notable tracks from Something Else include "Magic" and "The Sweetest Love".

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Soul singer and producer who is the son of actor/singers Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring.

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Robin Charles Thicke (born March 10, 1977 in Los Angeles, California) is a Grammy award winning American R&B singer-songwriter, producer and actor signed to Pharrell's Star Trak label. The son of actor Alan Thicke released his debut album A Beautiful World in 2003. He has gone on to release 2006's The Evolution of Robin Thicke, 2008's Something Else, 2009's Sex Therapy, and 2011's Love After War. He is married to actress Paula Patton, and they have a son Julian Fuego, born in April of 2010.

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Robin Charles Thicke (born March 10, 1977) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and actor. Thicke is a dual citizen, also holding Canadian citizenship through his father. Thicke's albums, which he previously released under the name Thicke, are noted for their feature of a predominantly R&B sound. Thicke has written hits for popular artists such as Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Mary J. Blige. Thicke has also been acknowledged for his work in popular albums such as Confessions and Tha Carter III.

Thicke is a singer, mentor, and judge on the ABC show Duets.

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