The Evolution of Robin Thicke

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The Evolution of Robin Thicke
Studio album by Robin Thicke
Released October 3, 2006
Recorded 2005–06
Genre R&B, soul, funktronica
Length 60:13
Label Star Trak, Interscope
Producer Pharrell (exec.), Robin Thicke, Pro J, The Neptunes
Robin Thicke chronology
A Beautiful World
(2003)
The Evolution of Robin Thicke
(2006)
Something Else
(2008)
Singles from The Evolution of Robin Thicke
  1. "Wanna Love You Girl"
    Released: August 9, 2005
  2. "Lost Without U"
    Released: January 30, 2007
  3. "Can U Believe"
    Released: April 12, 2007
  4. "Got 2 Be Down"
    Released: October 2, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Okayplayer 4/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[5]
Yahoo! Music UK 3.5/5 stars[6]

The Evolution of Robin Thicke is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Robin Thicke; it was released on October 3, 2006, by Star Trak Records. The album features guest appearances from Faith Evans, Lil Wayne and Pharrell. The album was re-released as a Deluxe Edition on February 13, 2007, which included three new bonus tracks.[7]

The album spawned two singles; the lead single "Wanna Love You Girl" (which became a urban hit), and the second single "Lost Without U" (which became the number-one hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs).

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Wanna Love You Girl" featuring Pharrell was released on August 9, 2005, before the album was officially released. The single has experienced chart success on urban radio in the United Kingdom and the remix to "Wanna Love You Girl" was recorded and released, adding to it was an American rapper Busta Rhymes.

The album's second single, "Lost Without U" was released on January 30, 2007. The single began getting a lot of radio airplay in Urban & Rhythmic radio stations from 2006 to 2007. The song has reached at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[8] As a result, Thicke became the first Caucasian male artist since George Michael to topped the R&B singles chart.

Thicke and his record label Interscope was soon considered a potential tracks to be released as the album's third single. Thicke's preference was the track "Can U Believe" (released on April 12, 2007), which has peaked at number 15 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100.[9]

On October 2, 2007, "Got 2 Be Down" was officially released to radio airplay as the album's fourth single.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 45 on the US Billboard 200, selling 20,000 copies in its first week.[10]

The album reached at a peak position at number 5 on the US Billboard 200, and number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[11] It is the first R&B number one album of Thicke's career. From February 24, 2007 to March 3, 2007, his second single "Lost Without U" and his second album The Evolution of Robin Thicke simultaneously spent two consecutive weeks at number 1 on the both R&B single and album charts, respectively. On the March 3, 2007 issue of Billboard magazine, Thicke simultaneously topped four Billboard charts; including Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Hot Adult R&B Airplay.

Due to the popularity of "Lost Without U", the sales of the album has started to increase. As of March 2007, The Evolution of Robin Thicke was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Promotion[edit]

All 3 tracks appeared on General Hospital, including "Angels" was used on November 22, 2006 during Luke and Laura's goodbye scene; "Shooter" was used during Jason and Sonny's shootout scene from April 12, 2007 to April 13, 2007; and "Lost Without U" was used on October 2, 2007 during a love scene between Sonny and Kate.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Got 2 Be Down" (featuring Faith Evans) Robin Thicke, James Gass, Faith Evans Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:33
2. "Complicated"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:13
3. "Would That Make U Love Me"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:36
4. "Lost Without U"   Thicke, Sean Hurley Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:14
5. "Ask Myself"   Thicke, Bobby Keyes, Robert Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:47
6. "All Night Long" (featuring Lil Wayne) Thicke, Gass, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:41
7. "Everything I Can't Have"   Thicke, Gass, Moises Vivanco Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:23
8. "Teach U a Lesson"   Thicke, James Gass Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:28
9. "I Need Love"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:55
10. "Wanna Love You Girl" (featuring Pharrell) Thicke, Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:23
11. "Can U Believe"   Thicke, Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:51
12. "Shooter" (featuring Lil Wayne) Thicke, Carter, Jr., Keyes, Gass, Daniels Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:37
13. "Cocaine"   Thicke, Gass Robin Thicke, Pro J 3:30
14. "2 the Sky"   Thicke, Larry Cox II, Greg Malone, Ronnie L. Breaux, Jr., Justin Derrico Robin Thicke, Pro J 6:05
15. "Lonely World"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 4:21
16. "Angels / 2 the Sky (Reprise)"   Thicke Robin Thicke, Pro J 8:35

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Certification
US Billboard 200[11] 5 Platinum
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 1
UK Albums Top 75 30
French Album Chart 184
Dutch Album Chart 60

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