Robin Thicke's summer has been a 'beautiful blur'

Robin Thicke performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York, July 30, 2013. (Carlo Allegri,...

Robin Thicke performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York, July 30, 2013. (Carlo Allegri, Reuters)

Jason MacNeil, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

For singer Robin Thicke, the last few months have been a massive blur thanks to the hit single of the summer (and possibly 2013) Blurred Lines.

"A little bit, I mean the only reason it's not is because it's been a beautiful blur," he says during a Toronto promotional stop Monday. "It's been a kaleidoscope instead of a blur."

The song - the title track of his new studio album released last month -- has now spent nine weeks atop the Billboard charts and in the last week of July reached nearly a quarter of a billion listeners on radio. Yet for all that popularity, the single - featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I. -- didn't quite hit the ground running despite Thicke feeling it had promise.

"I definitely felt that for the first couple of weeks and was playing it and said, 'Man, there's something special about this song,'" he says. "Then it kind of lost some steam when the company didn't quite get it at first. Then right after we shot the video Jimmy Iovine who signed me when I was 16 and supported me my whole career and spent more money on me than he's made, he called and said, 'You did it buddy! This is a smash!'"

Thicke says last year the label thought the song -- which Thicke says was part of his "who cares, let's party album" -- was good. They were just uncertain if it was lead single quality.

"I wasn't making better records than Blurred Lines and a couple of these other singles I thought I had," he says. "So finally we just said, 'You know what? We can't sit on this anymore, we got to get one of these going, let's make a video.' We picked Blurred Lines and it just took off."

The song has also had its share of opposition from some feminist groups for its lyrics and racy video.

"I was thinking it was funny and silly and 'wink, wink, elbow, elbow' kind of stuff," he says. "I do understand if your job is to look out for misogyny in culture you got to report on it. But I do think some people got a little harsh and didn't see the whole point which was we just wanted people to have a good time and laugh and dance. We didn't want to hurt anybody's feelings.

"When I'm in New York I always listen to hip-hop radio as I'm driving and I'm sitting there thinking, 'What did I do so wrong?'"

As for his next single, Thicke says an "over the top" video has been shot for Give It 2 U with the singer describing it as "a Super Bowl halftime spectacle" with a "couple of more wardrobe malfunctions probably."

Thicke has a few North American dates - including a Toronto stop later this month - before starting a British tour with Maroon 5 in 2014. He says he'll be touring quite a while behind Blurred Lines and hopes to work on a new record.

Yet despite all of the success, Justin Bieber still has done something Thicke has yet to accomplish. When told of Bieber's nude photos released by TMZ.com on Monday morning, Thicke looks shocked.

"Not completely nude?" Thicke asks, eyes bulging. "And his grandmother is in the shot also?

So has Thicke serenaded anyone in the nude?

"Oh many times, not grandma!"

 

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