Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines was declared the “song of the summer” last night by Stephen Colbert and the comedian may has been right. The singer’s latest album landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
This is Thicke’s sixth studio album and his first No. 1.
According to Billboard.com, this is also Thicke’s best selling album to date.
Blurred Lines sold 177,000 copies during its first week which easily surpasses his 2008 effort Something Else which sold 137,000 copies and debuted at the No. 3 spot. It is also well above his debut album, A Beautiful World, which peaked at No. 152 in 2003.
Selena Gomez had the No.1 album last week (also the first of her career) but sales dropped this week and brought the album down to number 8. Sales of Jay Z’s record Magna Carta Holy Grail remained strong but Jay couldn’t hold on to the number 2 spot.
Five Finger Death Punch had their best sales week ever and claimed the No. 2 spot with The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell: Volume 1. The album sold 112,000 copies during its first week.
Here’s the video for Blurred Lines.
Thicke, who said that he was surprised by the song’s success, defended the single against criticism that it was demeaning to women. The singer said that the song is about female empowerment and the women’s movement.