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Robin Thicke’s Album “Paula” Flops and Goes Toothpick in the UK and Paper Towel in the US

Robin Thicke released his newest album Paula last week and this week, we find out that it only sold 530 copies in the UK. That album went toothpick. Or tinfoil. And in the US, it sold 25,000 copies. At least it went a bit better, going paper towel.

I haven’t listened to it so I can’t speak on the quality of it and whether it’s good but the moment I found out that he decided to name it “Paula,” I knew this wasn’t gonna go over well.


“I’m sorry, Paula. Won’t you take my begging ass back? See, I even made your name bigger than mine.” – The point I take from this cover.

Robin’s public breakup with his wife of 9 years and high school sweetheart (Paula Patton) came after the streets were talmbout how he cheated. And after MediaTakeOut published a picture of Robin feeling on a fan’s butt as they were taking a picture together. It also followed the lawsuit that claims Blurred Lines ripped off a sample of Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up. On top of all that, there was much outcry about the song being rapey because of its sexually aggressive lyrics.

Basically, Robin Thicke’s whole persona at the moment is a crisis communications and public relations nightmare. For this reason, he probably should have thought the release of this album through.

If not even the release date, he should have thought twice about naming it “Paula.” Naming your project after your estranged wife, who is obviously not here for you at the moment, is weird. It’s actually kinda dumb. He’s admitted that he wants her back because she’s the “Love of his life” and he’s on some sort of press junket to convince her that he missed her. I wonder if it wouldn’t be best if he just found some bros to vent to. Someone shoulda gifted Alan Thicke’s son with a journal that has a lock on it and let him cry.


Crying Ross gif

Homeboy needs to write his feelings down in a book, sing them while laying in a tub and then see if he can possibly replicate a 90s video. He’s an artist (and he’s sensitive about his shit. Word to Erykah) so singing about lost love is not bad. Paula being his muse is to be expected. But there’s something just slightly weird about him calling the album that, because it feels like he’s pressuring her to address him.

Also, I don’t think it’s fair to Paula because he doesn’t allow her to heal and deal privately, which is her right. I’d be pissed if I were her. PISSED. Like can I live in peace? IS THAT OK?

So yeah, I’m not surprised that this album flopped harder than a toddler when you try to pick them up and they don’t want you to. Or like this cat:


Robin is outchea getting his Keith Sweat on for this Beg & B album and people are giving him the collective side-eye. I think that’s why his album went bus card.

Bless his heart.

Have yall listened to the album? Is it good? Whatcha think about him naming it “Paula?”

P.S. I heard he sold just 54 copies in Australia. Dude went tic tac. 1 tic tac. Not even the whole pack. Just 1. Damb.

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  1. Richard Jobity
    July 11, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I think he’s planning to open a beg and breakfast.

    • Dawn
      July 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm


    • mz.niecy
      July 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Lawd #hemmercy!! lol

    • Nish
      July 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Wrong! Just…lmao.

      Sorry Robin. I’m not laughing.

  2. Dee
    July 11, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I’m a Robin Thicke fan from way back (ok, 2006) and I think it’s just weird to name the album after her. He’s trying too hard (publicly anyway) and I’d be so embarrassed if I were her because EV-ERY-ONE is in their business now.

  3. Tip
    July 11, 2014 at 7:19 am

    I’ve loved Robin since TEORT and i like him and Paula together but his recent actions are pathetic and I’m falling out of love. Oh and at least 60% of the album is garbage I (tired to) listen to it. Sigh

  4. July 11, 2014 at 7:29 am

    You addressed my biggest concern: this public crying isn’t letting her deal the way she needs to and is making her mad ALL OVER AGAIN EVERY TIME THE SONGS PLAY! Does he not get that?
    Not to mention, it looks like he’s trying to get the public to sway (bully) her into giving him another chance.
    Sir: we ain’t here for it.

    • Kk
      July 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      That’s what I’m talking about–all this public begging about a private matter is waaaayyyy to persistent. But, then, I wonder why any of us are at all surprised that somebody who “hates these blurred lines” doesn’t understand a durned thing about respectiing a sister’s wishes and giving a woman her space?

  5. milaxx
    July 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Robin used to do blue eyed should really well. Then he hit jackpot with Blurred Lines and became insufferable. Like all idiots with too much fast fame, he decided he could creep on his wife and she wasn’t having it. That should have been his cue to calm down. Instead he goes into begging overdrive. He could have been creative with his heartbreak (ask Gwen Stefani or Taylor Swift). He didn’t. He became creepy. Sad thing is his whole team failed him. The begging was bad enough, but naming the CD Paula, the failed askRobin on twitter and this 1-800-FLOWERS promotion shows no one is thinking straight at Robin Thicke headquarters. http://jezebel.com/1-800-flowers-teams-up-with-robin-thicke-for-worst-prom-1603185104
    Meanwhile the is completely skeeved out. No one is checking for this CD. The world is giving Robin the collective side eye.

    • Kenya
      July 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Who thought that this was a good idea..just….no….

    • coquinegra
      July 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      they really thought this was good idea?
      Robin is TAing in Stalker 101

    • Absurdist
      July 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      The Jezebel write-up of the album is completely vicious, too, and in the best possible way: http://jezebel.com/robin-thickes-paula-lyrics-are-as-pathetic-as-a-soaking-1598917325

      • L
        July 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

        Thank you so much for that.

  6. Fran
    July 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

    But…..the CAT, tho!!??? He’s just like “nah unh, nope, I ahn gon’ do it!”

  7. Quitha
    July 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I only like the song Get Her Back. He does need to chill for a bit and let Paula work it out without him publicly begging all the time. Had he not made a public spectacle of himself then he would not be in this predicament. He has to give that girl some space.

  8. Marie
    July 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

    It sold less than 54 copies in Australia, and I don’t mean 53; I mean the last album that made it on the charts sold 54. OFF THE CHARTS TERRIBLE SALES.

    (The bottom album? A Blondie compilation.)

    • Barbara
      July 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      I was just about to mention that it only went expired bus transfer in Australia…

  9. Silk!
    July 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

    The part that gets me? A friend is a musician on this album and finally got a credit. I feel badly for him.

  10. Nerissa
    July 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    LMAO at that cat, Hilarious!

  11. Jasmine
    July 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Some great love AND begging songs, lol. I think calling it Paula was the big mistake. Instead of marketing the album he begged. Poor thang.

    The vid for “forever love” is cute and touching.

  12. Jocy
    July 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I know Alan only played a psychiatrist on TV but Robin needs to call his dad for a session.

  13. Erin
    July 11, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Also, I don’t think it’s fair to Paula because he doesn’t allow her to heal and deal privately, which is her right. I’d be pissed if I were her. PISSED. Like can I live in peace? IS THAT OK?

    That. Freakin. Part.

    I was just saying that to someone a few weeks ago. She DOES have a career of her own. She’s not JUST Robin Thicke’s wife. But now, because of all his public whining, all people think of when they see her is whether she’s gonna take him back. That’s not fair to her.

    • mz.niecy
      July 11, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      or they are looking at her with pity in their eyes which is terrible, i would hate that

      • Erin
        July 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        Exactly. Or worse….looking at HIM with pity and thinking she should go back!

  14. July 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

    He is literally stalking her-he is airing out their dirty laundry and essentially trying to bully her into taking him back. It’s sleeve and I think it’s really creepy. Why not give the woman some time and peace? I feel as if she would be far more likely to take him back if her personal life (and maybe career) were not being dragged through the mud. The public has spoken-sashay away Robin.

  15. Brooklyn Dame
    July 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    The entire press junket makes him look like a passive-aggressive stalker. No chick leaves a dude overnight; Paula must have been tired of his insufferable mess for more time than it took for this begin’-arse album to drop. Fly away, Robin — and then land on a shrink’s seat. Give your wife some time to remember why she could tolerate you in the first place.

    • KayMee
      July 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      What you said. Not letting Paula have peace and shaming her for not forgiving him is low key domestic violence. If she takes him back, “she’s a fool” if she doesn’t , “she’s not being understanding…can’t she see how sorry he is?”. She can’t win! Mostly sad for their kid. His parent’s drama is documented via a terrible collection of songs in perpetuity.

  16. July 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    “You’re way too young to be dancing like that in front of a man like me.”…Take a listen on “Love Can Grow Back” He needs Jesus with a side of therapy.

  17. Elle
    July 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Actually, this all sounds like another example of his “team” not being there for him. Someone on that team is undoubtedly profiting from their misery and encouraging his bad choices.

    Can somebody explain to me why so many hangers-on sabotage their meal tickets like that? I guess it’s easy when you personally don’t take the fall and can dime folks out to tabloids…

  18. Gwensday
    July 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    In the words of the late Rick James…”Cocaine is a helluva drug!”

    • Ronica01
      July 14, 2014 at 4:04 am

      Always figured that was why he was dropped from Hollywood Husbands last year. That & he pending Marvin Gaye lawsuit. Don’t say you are going for a MG vibes then deny the payment process. No one has mentioned T I and Tiny’s marriage hit the rocks following that Blurred Lines summer. Only Pharrell is HAPPY.

  19. Cyn
    July 11, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    If we all get desperate enough we can purchase a some “I’m Sorry” bouquets from 1-800-Flowers.. For $350.00 will buy you 100 long stemmed roses named the “Get Her Back Bouquet”. Maybe they can score more than tin foil sales…. NOT

  20. deprogrammed
    July 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Why didn’t he just send it to her? Did he really have to RELEASE IT??!! Undignified called and said it had nothing to do with this.

  21. Von
    July 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Right now, Keith Sweat is somewhere looking at Robin like, “Damn, dude..for REAL, though???” :-/

    If I were Paula, this would make any thought I had of taking him back fly right out the window.

    How much you wanna bet he ain’t even call her yet, lol? Too busy outchea w/ the public begging, SMH.

  22. Kiizy Wii
    July 12, 2014 at 9:23 am

    I’m sure Paula is giving him the side eye, with a twisted mouth and a big ole helping of “Ni**a please!’

  23. Kiizy Wii
    July 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

    And Paula’s a sister so you know she’s all “I betchu wasn’t singing no songs about me when u were with THAT BI+c#!….Do you have a record named “THAT BI+c#”, too? What does THAT BI+c# think about your whack ass, begging ass record? Did THAT BI+c# buy the 52nd album in Australia?” Yeah, he might wanna leave her alone. Now is not a good time.

    • Boo Radley
      July 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      The whole comment had me chuckling, but this part?
      “Did THAT BI+c# buy the 52nd album in Australia?” This part did me in. Bury me in Hiram Clarke next to the Come N’ Go.

  24. Kya j
    July 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Did Paula listen to the album?…that’s the question I need answers to!

    • Kya j
      July 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      …because she obviously didn’t buy it.

  25. July 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Robin went from epic to tragic in less than a year. But the one I feel truly sorry for is Paula.

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