Robin Thicke has a net worth of $10 million as an American singer, producer, songwriter, and actor. His smash tracks “Magic,” “Blurred Lines,” and “Lost Without U” have all been charted.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Robin Alan Thicke was born on March 10, 1977, in Los Angeles, California, to prominent parents who worked in the entertainment industry. Gloria Loring, an actress and singer best known for her appearance in the NBC daytime serial “Days of Our Lives,” is his mother. Alan Thicke, his father, was an actor who was best known for his role on the sitcom “Growing Pains.” He has an elder brother and a younger half-brother, and his parents divorced when he was seven years old.
Thicke’s parents encouraged him to pursue his passion for music when he was younger. Thicke claims that his father refused to pay for Thicke and his music group, As One, to create a professional demo tape because he preferred Thicke to concentrate on his education. The tape was eventually purchased for $1,000 by jazz vocalist Al Jarreau, the uncle of one of the group members.
Thicke’s demo caught the attention of R&B musician Brian McKnight, who signed him to his production firm after hearing it. Thicke assisted McKnight in writing songs, and he co-wrote the song “Anyway” from McKnight’s second album. McKnight is credited for introducing Thicke to Jimmy Iovine, which led to Thicke signing a recording contract with Interscope Records at the age of 16.
Thicke’s music career began when he was 17 years old, and he was able to support himself by working as a professional record producer and songwriter. He composed songs for Brandy, Jordan Knight, Christina Aguilera, and Mya during this early stage of his career. During this time, he recorded his own music and performed under the moniker “Thicke,” which he kept up until 2005.
Thicke temporarily worked with Epic Records when his initial Interscope deal ended, before signing with Interscope again, this time under Kenneth “Babyface” Edwards’ Nu America banner. In Australia, Thicke’s debut single “When I Get You Alone” (2002) was a commercial success, reaching the Top 20. It did well in New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Italy as well. His debut album, “A Beautiful World,” was released as a result of his middling popularity (2003). Despite the album’s failure to meet expectations (it peaked at No. 152 on the Billboard 200 list), many artists, including Usher and Mary J. Blige, approached him about collaborating.
Because Interscope Records was skeptical of Thicke’s ability to sell albums, development on his second album was put on hold due to financial and creative differences between him and the label. Thicke, on the other hand, impressed Pharrell Williams. Williams’ record company, Star Trak, had a distribution arrangement with Interscope, and Thicke was finally signed to Star Trak in 2005. The Evolution of Robin Thicke, Thicke’s second album, was released in October 2006, and the single “Lost Without U” reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has now been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with domestic sales exceeding 1.5 million copies.
Thicke was the featured opening act for Beyoncé’s “The Beyoncé Experience” tour in North America in 2007. In September 2008, he released his third album, “Something Else,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. In December 2009, he released his fourth album, “Sex Therapy,” which included Estelle, Snoop Dogg, and Nicki Minaj.
In December 2011, Thicke released his fifth studio album, “Love After War,” which debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200. He followed up with “Blurred Lines,” his sixth studio album, which was released in July 2013. T.I. and Pharrell are featured on the album’s debut song, “Blurred Lines,” which was released in March 2013.
His seventh album, “Paula,” was dedicated to his estranged wife Paula Patton, and was released in 2014.
Blurred Lines Lawsuit
The estate of Marvin Gaye sued Robin and his co-writer/producer Pharrell Williams for copyright infringement shortly after the publication of “Blurred Lines,” asserting similarities to the 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” According to court documents, “Blurred Lines” made a total profit of $16,675,690. This is more than any other song from the year.
Robin Thicke received $5,658,214, Pharrell Williams received $5,153,457, and rapper T.I. received $704,774 of the $16.67 million. The remaining $5,159,245 was distributed among three record labels. A judge ordered Thicke and Williams to pay $7 million in 2015. The total price was decreased to $5 million in the end.
Other Projects and Appearances
Thicke has dabbled in acting and television in addition to singing. His feature film debut was in the 2014 film “Making the Rules,” which was originally titled “Abby in the Summer” and was shot in 2012. He has been on a number of music-related television shows. He joined John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, and Kelly Clarkson as judges on the ABC show “Duets” in May 2012; the show lasted one season and had nine episodes. Thicke is a panelist on the American reality singing competition “The Masked Singer” as of June 2020.
Thicke met actress Paula Patton when he was 14 years old and she was 16 years old in 1991. Their relationship began in 1993, and they married in 2005. Julian Fuego Thicke, their son, was born in 2010 to the couple. Thicke and Patton separated in 2014 after 21 years together and nearly nine years of marriage, and their divorce was formalized in 2015. Patton obtained a restraining order against Thicke in early 2017, alleging domestic violence, substance abuse, and adultery. In August 2017, they finally negotiated a custody agreement for their son.
In 2014, Thicke met April Love Geary at a party. In February 2018, she gave birth to their first kid, and in February 2019, she gave birth to their second child. On Christmas Eve 2018, the couple got engaged. Thicke and Geary’s home in Malibu, California, was destroyed by the Woolsey wildfire that raged in the area in November 2018. Thicke is a close friend of Usher’s and performed for the couple when Usher proposed to Tameka Foster. Thicke also performed at the wedding of Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto.
In 1990, Robin’s father Alan spent $910,000 for a property in the Hollywood Hills’ “Bird Streets” neighborhood. Alan deeded the property to his son in 2005, shortly after Robin and Paula married. Robin and Paula put the house on the market in 2014 for slightly under $3 million. The house sold for $4.9 million, which was $1.9 million more than the asking price.
Robin spent $2.4 million in March 2015 for a 1.7-acre house in Malibu, California.