Blurred lines between black and white

Celeste Lira, Photo Editor

On March 20, 2013, American R&B singer-songwriter Robin Thicke released his new single “Blurred Lines” off his sixth studio album of the same name. The single features American rapper T.I. and R&B singer Pharrell Williams. Thicke is known for his R&B sound and similarity to singer Justin Timberlake. The song starts off with an unforgettable bass line that is heard throughout the entire track which blends vintage funk with modern flair. The bass line is followed by Thicke and Williams’ smooth and soulful falsetto vocals, which is then interrupted by T.I.’s rap and R&B beats. Thicke told The Breakfast Club radio station that the song’s lyrics are about Thicke and his wife’s yearn for youth. “I think I took myself very seriously as an artist…my wife and I just really wanted to have fun again, we wanted to be young again and we wanted to dance again and go out with our friends, so I wanted to make music that reflected that culture also, he said.” Thicke also told The Breakfast Club that the album reflects the song’s theme “The album is called Blurred Lines. I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that we all think we’re living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right between those straight lines.” Although the song was released in late March, it didn’t gain polularity until Thicke, Williamsw and T.I.’s peformance on May 14 on The Voice. The track is the number two most downloaded song on iTunes, beating “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, which also features Williams. The track is rumored to be the song of the summer, which was the title given to “Get Lucky” earlier this year. Robin Thicke’s album will be released this summer.