The Evolution of Robin Thicke is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, released by Star Trak Records on October 3, 2006. Guest appearances from Faith Evans, Lil Wayne and Pharrell were included. The album was re-released as a Deluxe Edition on February 13, 2007, and included three new bonus tracks. By the time of the album's original release it had spawned two singles, the urban hit "Wanna Love You Girl" and the BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one hit "Lost Without U".
The album debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in October 2006 selling about 20,000 copies in its first week during the album's original release. The first single, "Wanna Love You Girl", featured producer Pharrell and was released a full year prior to the release of the album on August 9, 2005. The single experienced chart success on urban radio in the United Kingdom and a remix version of the song was recorded with rapper Busta Rhymes.
The album's second single, "Lost Without U" began getting a lot of radio airplay in Urban & Rhythmic stations in late 2006 and early 2007. The song has reached as high as number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. As a result, Thicke became the first Caucasian male artist since George Michael to top the R&B singles chart.
The album reached a peak position of number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It is the first R&B number one album of Thicke's career. From February 24, 2007 to March 3, 2007 the single "Lost Without U" and album The Evolution of Robin Thicke simultaneously spent two consecutive weeks at number one on the R&B singles and albums charts respectively. On the March 3, 2007 issue of Billboard magazine, Thicke simultaneously topped four Billboard charts; 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", sales of the album started to increase. By late March 2007, The Evolution of Robin Thicke was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Thicke and his record label Interscope soon considered potential tracks to be released as the album's next and third single. Thicke's preference was the track "Can U Believe", which has since peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and at number ninety-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On October 2, 2007 "Got 2 Be Down" was released to radio airplay as the official fourth single.