Robin Thicke has been stealing the spotlight with his hit single, "Blurred Lines". Regardless of being slammed for its misogynistic lyrics and demeaning music video, the Pharrell Williams and T.I.-assisted catchy single is currently spending its seventh consecutive week at Billboard 100's No. 1, marking the longest-running chart-topping hit of the year.
"We're very excited. I just wanted to make a fun, silly video because I hadn't made one of those," Thicke said of his controversial video in a recent interview with TIME. "And [director] Diane Martel, who I've known for 10 years, just kind of wanted to show a different side of me than I had shown, which is exactly what I wanted to do, and I just put my trust in her hands."
Thicke revealed that they made the clothed and the nude versions of the video. He said, "I loved the clothed version, and the nude version I thought maybe was a little too much. The gentleman in me wasn't sure that it was necessary."
However, he and wife Paula Patton had different opinions about it. Thicke continued, "Then I showed it to my wife and all of her friends and everyone's immediate response seemed to be 'This is amazing. You have to put this out.' "
Thicke will release his new album, "Blurred Lines", on July 30. The album, which marks his sixth LP, will feature a song he co-wrote with his dad, "Growing Pain" actor Alan Thicke. "My dad has always been one of my best friends and Mr. Cool. He never stops creating and writing and stuff like that," Thicke gushed.
"He was working with my production partner on just a couple song ideas he was trying to flesh out for a musical that he's helping write, and I happened to be finishing a couple songs there that day," he explained how he worked with his dad in the song.
"I came to the studio and I was, like, hold on Dad, I have to put a couple ideas down for this song I'm writing. And then he started throwing out some words to me, and I was, like, that's really good, Dad, I'm going to use that. After a while, we ended up writing pretty much all the verses together," he added.