Robin Thicke Announces US Tour

Robin Thicke will be embarking on a US tour next year.

The 36-year-old “Blurred Lines” singer will play 15 shows across the United States next February and March. He will be supported by DJ Cassidy and British singer and songwriter Jessie J. The tour will kick off February 21 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, and will run through March 29 at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

The 25-year-old “Domino” singer and Thicke have a new collaboration together called “Criminal Hearts,” which will be featured on DJ Cassidy’s next album.

“Blurred Lines,” the lead single off Thicke’s sixth studio album, has been the singer’s most successful song to date, but it hasn’t been without its controversy. The song was recently banned from Edinburgh University because it “trivializes rape.” A policy created by the school’s Students’ Association, called the End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus, looks to combat “myths and stereotypes around sexual violence.”

Kirst Haigh, the vice president of the Students’ Association, said that the song promotes sexist culture.

“The decision to ban ‘Blurred Lines’ from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent,” Haigh said. “There is a zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy, all of which this song violates.”

Robin Thicke, however, has said that the song’s lyrics have been misconstrued.

“If you listen to the lyrics, it says, ‘That man is not your maker.’ It’s actually a feminist movement within itself,” Thicke said. “It’s saying that women and men are equals as animals and as power. It doesn’t matter if you’re a good girl or a bad girl, you can still have a good time.”

In an interview with GQ after the video was banned from YouTube, Thicke said that he and his collaborators, Pharrell and T.I., “tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women.” He insisted that they were “just trying to make a funny song” and that they had “no idea that it would stir this much controversy.”

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