It's no great surprise, but Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has been named the Song of the Summer by Billboard magazine.
The title track from the singer's latest album spent 12 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart, tying Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (2005) and Brandy & Monica's "The Boy is Mine" (1998) for the longest stint at No. 1.
It also set a record for the highest weekly audience on the Billboard Radio Songs chart (228.9 million) and is the first Song of the Summer by a male solo artist since Usher`s "Confessions Part II" in 2004.
Thicke beat out challenges by Imagine Dragons ("Radioactive"), Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us." Thicke tells us he's thrilled with "Blurred Lines" success but says that he still does not find that type of upbeat song very easy to create:
"Fun songs come harder for me, yeah, 'cause I always tend to want to use music to help me through my own problems, and I've always kid of used music to deal with whatever issues are going on in my life and in my heart. So I've always tended to write more, um, diary-type songs. And with this album I ended up writing a bunch of those songs, but the ones I ended up keeping seemed to be, they make me feel better. I had a better time listening to them, I think, than some of the other ones."
"Blurred Lines" is, of course, still in the midst of controversy, facing claims that it plagiarizes Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up;" Thicke has filed a preliminary lawsuit in Los Angeles to try to prevent Gaye's estate from taking action against him.
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